I'm posting the link to the interview because it's important to get what Jacobs is about and continue to analyze his research and his methods. He is still taken seriously by many in the field and I find this very interesting for many reasons. One being the contradictory and hypocritical nature of critics from within, who moan about what should not be considered UFO research, what researchers, witnesses and all around UFO scholars should not be taken seriously. More often than not those reasons are invalid. Those reasons have nothing to do with the reality of witness accounts, but the personal biases of individual UFO researchers.
Meanwhile, people like Jacobs still go about their thing, taken seriously by many, including women. Now this is another point; simply because one is female, does not mean said female is on the "right" side of the Jacobs debate. We're not a one celled entity, we have our own minds and experiences. Jacobs has, say many a woman witness, helped that witness. I can't speak for or against that. But at the same time, I cannot fall into some sort of party line -- ignoring what I perceive to be the most unethical, immoral and frankly, deranged, treatment of Emma Woods -- and support those women that support Jacobs simply because I too am a woman. Expecting all women to blindly support each other's veiws on the UFO phenomena -- that's not solidarity, that's fascism.
Interesting Jacobs talks about his early research as as student:
"I was actually working on a dissertation on the image of women in very early film history, pre-1915. That was my target date.I had done about six months’ worth of research on that but in my feted brain all I did was think about UFOs and the UFO phenomenon."
Now, Jacobs does have valid things to say regarding the utter lack of interest -- outright visicnousness in fact -- from science and acadmia about UFOs. Jacobs has contributed to UFO studies. Regardless of what you think about his theories on abductions, the information presented is not to be dismissed. It is worthy of consideration. The interpretations, that's another issue. And certainly the entire issue of hypnoisis as a valid UFO research tool is another. Much to be dicussed and thought through. Jacobs points about the global UFO phenomena being ignored by those that could "own it" : science, academia, authorities, are good ones.
But what to do, what to do, about Jacobs now?
Jacobs aside, I like Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris questions concerning the spiritual side of abductions; human consciousness, telepathy, etc. Jacobs acknowledges those are not his areas, but at the same time, I am frustrated by his resistance to this aspect of abducitons. And here is where Jacobs hubris creeps in. Jacobs contends that Dr. John Mack gave up abduction research because he could not fit the experience into his ideas of consciousness:
Alex Tsakiris: Yeah, but we have to be careful with that because a lot of people would make the same accusation to you.
Dr. David Jacobs: No. That they can’t do.
Alex Tsakiris: They can do it.
Jacobs treatment of Emma Woods aside for the moment, the end of Part 1 of this interview shows us how far off the fringe Jacobs has gone. His opinions stated as fact on hypnosis and "confabulation" are astounding. Jacobs presents himself as the only researcher who knows how to ask the right questions during hypnosis, how and why abduction hypnosis is different than other hypnosis in other contexts, and how downright sneaky the aliens are, which only Jacobs can perceive.
Finally, the blithe manner in which Jacobs admits he leads witnesses and feeds them false information is, again, astounding. It is unethical and truly bizarre. These are tactics Jacobs used on Woods, including the bizzarro world of alien spy vs. spy stuff that, again, should be a huge red flag for UFO witnesses and researchers.