Monday, November 1, 2010

In UFO Magazine: Jeremy Vaeni's 'Aliens vs. Predator: The Incredible Visitations at Emma Woods

There is so much to say about the fantastic article by Jeremy Vaeni in this issue of UFO Magazine. (Aliens vs. Predators: The Incredible Visitations at Emma Woods.)

But for now, please, please, go and get yourself this issue, and read the article. Vaeni has done an excellent job with unraveling the seeming madness that is David Jacobs, the always precarious method of hypnosis used by some researchers to get at the submerged bits of missing time and nebulous memories of aliens, examinations, trips aboard saucers, and all the rest of "Abductions 101", and subject/witness Emma Woods.

From the beginning of this episode in UFO culture, I wondered why there wasn't more outcry from the UFO community. And yet, there still isn't; what there mainly seems to be, still, are a few stubbornly standing up for Jacobs, and misogynist pronouncements about Emma Woods' sanity, and worse. Other than that, little has been really said about this.


Deirdre said...

I would guess that the lack of outcry is due in part to those who have held fast to the idea of hypnosis because it has supported their own claims, or because they have invested so much into the belief that hypnotic regression has pulled out legitimate memories of experience, they wouldn't know what to do if they had to consider their experiences were fabrications.

It would tend to nullify a lot of people's involvement in UFOlogy, especially those who have made careers in the (ahem) "field".

terry the censor said...

These people have also ignored the long association of hypnotism with fraud and moral panics: mesmerism, Bridey Murphy, satanic ritual abuse, multiple personality disorder (going back to the 19th century), Cathy O'Brian, etc.