Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (Pocket books) Paperback – 3 Apr 1995
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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.Read more ›
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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That is surely one of the classics on the genre of abduction phenomena investigation. Surely it is a must read for all people interested on the phenomena, still I subscribe to the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by carlo sansolo
I have read any books in this subject and this is one if the best.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It should be noted that 'Abduction' became the inspiration behind the legendary series of 'The X-Files'. To be honest this is a truly incredible piece of work by the late John E. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Liam J Madden
an excellent book on this subject by dr john mack, well written and well presented .. fascinating material throughout .. Read morePublished 19 months ago by james kursa
The late John Mack was a regular professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, when he encountered people who claimed to have been abducted by space aliens and taken onboard... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2010 by Ashtar Command
A brilliant book, after realising that not only me but my family have been and continue to experience high strangeness i have been on a quest for some answers and in this book i... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2010 by M. L. Shannon