- Hardcover: 8 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Edition edition (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312867085
- ISBN-13: 978-0312867089
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,481,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Abduction Enigma Hardcover – 1 May 1999
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Three researchers devoted to the study of UFOs combine taped interviews with abductees with an overview of aliens in myth and world culture to examine why these events occur.
Top Customer Reviews
Nevertheless, the authors are unequivocal in their conclusion that the alien abduction phenomenon is not the result of actual physical abductions but is a consequence of a complex set of social interactions, including cultural conditioning by science fiction stories and movies (and, later, "docudramas" of the abductions themselves), misinterpretation of sleep paralysis, and the unintentional creation of false memories brought about by the abduction researchers themselves. They argue their case well with a detailed look at the process of hypnotic regression, the problem of false memories, and the parallel social phenomenon of so-called Satanic Ritual Abuse.
If you're going to read one book about alien abductions, this should be it.
There are couple of things to point out here. I was able to finish reading Karla Turner's works, such as "Masquerade of Angels," "Into the Fringe," and "Taken." Knowing that Turner was one of the individuals was taken apart by Randle et al in this "The Abduction Enigma," I went to search where she was mentioned and I have noticed how she was 'taken apart.' Randle has used Karla's dreams from her book "Into the Fringe" to support his theory that her alien abduction was only a 'dream.'
From reading Karla's "Into the Fringe," I do not think that she wanted to believe in alien abductions. However, Randle seems to have implied that she (as well many other alien abductees) does believe in alien abductions when the 'dreams' started. Randle was stressing that alien abductions are only dreams and nothing more. I am not certain if Randle is aware of a possible theory called 'soul abductions' which might be relating to 'dream' experiences. Physical abductions are really rare, but soul abductions are known to be common. This "soul abduction" goes into detail in Laura Knight-Jadczyk's "High Strangeness."
Secondly, Randle pointed out that half of all alien abductees are homosexuals. It is an interesting theory, but his research did not reveal more details. I was looking at a specific part in the book where Randle has discussed homosexuality and there was no list of questions was being used for interviews that Randle, et al has conducted. But, I think he should have included a sort of questionnaire in order for us as readers to understand what was being asked.Read more ›
After so many decades it is depressing to see that Vallee's perceptive observations of the workings of the debunking mind-set are still relevant, and that the mind-set is still evidently alive and well. In this book, which claims to reveal "the truth behind the mass abductions of the late 20th century" we have the best possible textbook example of the debunker's tried-and-tested techniques in action. The result unfortunately reveals almost nothing about the phenomenon itself, but a great deal about the authors and their personal belief-systems.
`The Abduction Enigma' begins promisingly, with brief bios of the three authors in an attempt to convince the reader that what we have here are some authorities who know what they are talking about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A interesting book, different for the usual, to be read with an open mind, perhaps uncomfortable or perhaps all wrong ...Published on 2 Mar. 2013 by pietro
I have begun to hesitate in looking at any books about alien abduction because they are all the same. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 1999
I am suprised a firestorm has not erupted inthe obvious spots on the internet.
From 1994 through 1997 I would have classified myself as an alien abductee. Read more
I read the kirkus review differently: 'these researchers' refers to the subjects of the book, not its authors.Published on 5 July 1999
Finally there is an alternative to the idea that alien creatures are abducting human subjects. We now have a book that puts all the data into perspective and offers alternative... Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 1999
I have read almost every book written on the subject of alien abduction and I must admit that they have all perked my interest in the subject. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 1999
At last someone has writte a book about alien abductions that has some common sense attached to it. Like so many others I was confused by all the other books that said aliens were... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 1999
Of all of the books on Alien Abduction that I have read, this is the first to explain abductions intelligently, rationally, and logically. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 1999