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Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (Pocket books) Paperback – 3 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (3 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671851942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671851941
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was the first book on the superficially improbable 'alien abduction' phenomenon written by the late Professor John Mack, the celebrated and respected psychiatrist from Harvard University Medical School.

Mack had, when he wrote 'Abduction', already been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for 'A Prince of Our Disorder', a best-selling biography of T. E. Lawrence.

On becoming acquainted with the evidence of many thousands of people reporting these extraordinary but similar experiences, Professor Mack initially suspected that they might be suffering from a mental illness. However when, as a professional psychiatrist, he found no pathologies were present he decided to look deeper. Mack decided not to adopt prevailing materialist or conventional pathology-psychosis explanations as they just did not fit these individuals, and began in-depth investigation and interviews.

Each of the 13 chapters in the book takes a separate case and examines the experiences of a different individual. This format does not always lead to an easy read, as the 'abductees' speak for themselves and much of the text is in quotation marks. One common factor he uncovered at an early stage was that those interviewed reported their experiences had produced greater environmental regard for the Earth and a heightened sense of personal spirituality. Mack does focus on this aspect more than most researchers.

When it was suggested that Mack was 'inclined to take these abduction reports at face value' he responded: 'Face value I wouldn't say. I take them seriously and don't have any way to account for them.' In an extensive interview with the BBC Mack cautiously said: 'I would never say "yes, there are aliens taking people.
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This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in and/or may have had out-of-the-body experiences or hypnotic regression into past lives, and thus expanded consciousness without the use of artificial stimulants/drug therapy. Having been outside of my own body during transcendental meditation, and having read countless books about near-death experiences, I cannot deny the validity of the experiences of Professor Mack's clients. Thankfully, here is a scientist who has evolved beyond the limitations of the Newtonian/Einsteinian physics with the honesty and integrity to admit that astro-physicists, psychiatrists and researchers in the field of the paranormal, don't yet have all the answers to the mysterious sightings of UFOs and the testimonies of alien abductees. I have found this book both inspiring and challenging..
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The Harvard Prof gets into the alien abduction phenomenon. He analyses it and tries to understand it in the wider picture - what it means for all of us. Who better than a top psychiatrist is qualified to deal with this? He can say clearly whether people claiming abduction are mentally ill or genuinely suffering. Whether you believe in aliens or not, there IS something going on and it does need investigating. This is a good read about the issue. Prof Mack was slated by Harvard and they tried to sack him but failed. He survived all that only to be killed by truck in England... This is but one source - there are many others supporting the same outcome. Prof Mack came to see that there are aliens and they do abduct people against their will for some purpose known only to the abducters.
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If you've ever had doubts about Alien abduction this book will put you straight. John Edward Mack, M.D. (October 4, 1929 - Sep 27 2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and had 40yrs experience in his field when he first embarked upon this project.

This book will take you though actual case studies, conducted by Professor Mack, of people from all walks of life and ages who have had challenging, sometimes disturbing, and in every case, life changing experiences of alien abduction. Where the aliens come from and from what dimension is not clearly known; however part their involvement with us is explained by the abductees, or `Experiencers' as they are now known, as part of the information given to them when they experienced often frightening and unnerving clinical tests conducted by the alien beings. Yet out of this, and with the professional assistance of Professor Mack, most experiencers came to a self realisation that there is a sound spiritual message here for the whole of humankind.

Despite most of what is explained flies in the face of conventional Newtonian Scientific thinking and its emphasis on materialism, with the ever increasing interest now in Quantum Physics and experiments producing effects that defy all we have been brought up to believe, these abduction experiences seem more credible than ever before. Certainly Professor Mack was no fool in his field and a part of his overall summary of events includes this statement. `The alien beings have come to the abductees from a source that remains unknown to us. We still do not fully grasp their purpose or their methods'

Written in an easy to understand way it matters not whether you are from the scientific fraternity or simply have an interest in matters beyond the normal, you will be hanging onto every word as the `Experiencers' take you through their mind challenging and often harrowing experiences.
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