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Causal Correlations: Alien Abductions Under Fire

For the last half a century, one of the most shocking and compelling aspects of the UFO mystery has involved alleged reports of human abduction by nonhuman intelligences. Typical encounters of this variety (though stating such in this forum may constitute something of a redundancy) involve individuals being removed from their homes at night against their will, and taken to either remote locations or the presumed interiors of UFO craft.

Here, bizarre and crude medical examinations often occur; occasionally there are overtly sexual circumstances that transpire during the abduction, sometimes involving the presence of presumed “hybrid” children that are the result from the cross-breeding between humans and the alien visitors.

In spite of the body of information that exists pertaining to claims of alien abduction, there is still little evidence that could be used to scientifically verify such circumstances. Furthermore, there have recently been some rather damning critiques that have arisen in the field of UFO research that pertain to the ethics and scrutiny undertaken by researchers of this phenomenon (see Carol Rainey’s article in the new Paratopia magazine, which questions the methods of abduction researchers Dr. David Jacobs, Ph.D. and Budd Hopkins, Rainey’s ex husband, as well as researcher Jeremy Vaeni’s investigations of the Emma Woods case in UFO Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 1 #154). Things have certainly been cast under a hard light as of late, but should this compel us to  discontinue research into this phenomenon, or merely step back and reevaluate things more carefully?

Perhaps leaping to conclusions and supposing that none of the available evidence of human interaction with alien beings is trustworthy would do us as much disservice as blindly following the logic set forth by researchers such as Hopkins or Jacobs. After all, there is clearly consistency between people’s reports of the goings-on within the realm of proposed alien visitors. Even in the event that all such recollections were the result of psychological aberrations stemming from a widely recognized (and readily available) knowledge base, there would still be certain intrigue associated with trying to understand what has led to the ever-growing body of abductee lore… or if we’re brave enough to consider the alternative, perhaps the lack thereof.

But perhaps more importantly, in the name of understanding this phenomenon–whatever its cause–we would do well to consider whether there could be scientific correlations made with other circumstances that might shed light on the greater mystery, by virtue of their associations. For instance, in a study among those claiming to have been abducted by strange, non-human beings, it would be interesting to see how many also had experiences that also involved any of the following:

  • Bouts with sleep paralysis
  • Past experiences involving electrical accidents
  • Issues with electrical or electromagnetic hypersensitivity
  • Problems stemming from the suffering of multiple allergies
  • A history involving extreme shock or physical trauma
  • A history involving sexual abuse, particularly at an early age
  • A history involving the use of psychedelic substances
  • Past experiences involving extreme stress or captive/hostage situations



No doubt, similar studies to what I propose above have already occurred (in fact, I can think of at least a few examples right off the top of my head). These illustrate only a few areas of interest in the background of potential abductees, as they all may have at least some indirect relation either to potentially inducing altered states of consciousness, or perhaps providing natural triggers for dissociative psychological states. If a study completed among a number of abductees did happen to show correlations between claims of alien abduction and any one (or even several) of these circumstances, it still may not indicate any underlying relationship between the two (in order to truly be scientific about this sort of thing, we must be careful about jumping to conclusions about causal aspects in perceived correlations). Still, could the presence of any noticeable trends along these lines point us in the right direction toward coming to new understandings about the nature of the alien abduction experience? With so much of the abduction lore presently under fire, I think it may very well be time to revise our theories a bit; and hence, it might not hurt to consider other angles for studying this phenomenon.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this… or if you believe you have suffered a circumstance similar to reported claims of abductees, I’d love to hear your perspectives on the matter. Feel free to use the comments section below, or simply drop me an email by clicking here.

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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