Human Transformation and Alien Encounters

Alien Thinking

by Angela Hind

Not many scientists are prepared to take tales of alien abduction seriously, but John Mack, a Harvard professor who was killed in a road accident in north London last year, did. Ten years on from a row which nearly lost him his job, hundreds of people who claim they were abducted still revere him. (An article based upon a BBC Radio 4 radio program, Abduction, Alienation and Reason, originally broadcast June 8, 2005).

Review of David Grinspoon’s Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Dr. Mack’s thoughts on family-friend David Grinspoon’s take on the paradigmatic gulf that separates mainstream astrobiology from the world of those who believe alien contact has already taken place.

The Aliens are Always with Us

by Bryan Appleyard

A Harvard professor killed in London last week had been vilified for his belief in the ‘third realm’. His theories may not be as mad as some think says Bryan Appleyard.

John Mack’s Transpersonal Journey Continues

by Bill Chalker

When John Mack was in Australia I supported his research into indigenous aboriginal abduction & UFO experiences – an area we both had a strong interest in, particularly its shamanic dimensions. I recently went through the final editing of my forthcoming book, from which some discussions about John’s legacy had been deleted. This forum and this time seems like a good place to post that material….

Dr. Mack Responds to Psychology Today Article

by John E. Mack, M.D.

A brief response to a discussion generated by an article in Psychology Today magazine, 2003. In this response, Mack declares “The idea…that we can learn about what matters to people simply by objectifying them is wrong.”

Witnessing: Abductees as Sacred Truth-Tellers

by John E. Mack, M.D.

The scientific method has been highly successful in giving us reliable ways of knowing about the material world as we know it. But we have yet to develop methodologies that are as reliable with respect to matters that are not clearly in the objective or the subjective realms but seem to partake of both. In this paper I will consider the elements of an expanded epistemology which might help to legitimize experiences that are giving us vital information about the cosmos but which cannot be substantiated by the ways of knowing now considered reliable in Western culture.

The Environmental Message of the Aliens

by Robert J. Begiebing

A shortened version of the essay “Thinking Like A Cancer”.

Thinking Like a Cancer

by Robert J. Begiebing

Are we ready to admit this lesson of the Rio+5 and Kyoto environmental meetings: that we must finally give up hoping for environmental wisdom and political will from political leaders and their conferences? Perhaps we need to look elsewhere, to reconsider those visionary, religious traditions that would transform us. Certainly, by now there is a growing scientific consensus to help us along: if we value life on Earth, we must change our lives.

Dr. John Mack at the Seven Stars Bookstore

Highlights from a presentation at a favorite Cambridge book store, after the release of Passport to the Cosmos, in which Dr. Mack explains his reasons for writing a second book on the alien encounter experience.

Aliens: A Positive Experience

Philosopher Ken Wilber’s dismissive column about experiencers, “Hick Alert,” in the Nov./Dec. 1999 UTNE Reader and Blend magazine provoked responses.

Contact Experience and Ancient Traditions

by Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D.

One of the difficulties of the alien encounter experience is trying to convey to others the kind of “place” or “landscape” of these anomalous visitations. Some encounters seem to be taking place in a realm that is not clearly recognizable as either outside of ordinary reality or within one’s interior world.

Remembering the Eternal: Plato’s View of Education in Anomalous Experiences

by Michael E. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

People over the centuries have reported being taken to strange places by non-human beings, some of whom reveal delightful or disturbing aspects of previously unknown dimensions of reality. How are we to understand the “educational” aspect of the alien encounter experience?

Integrating Extraordinary Experiences

by Roberta L. Colasanti, LICSW

PEER’s former clinical director, Roberta Colasanti, LICSW, describes stages of integration that are often seen in people who seek clinical assistance in dealing with life-long alien encounter experiences. Excerpted from remarks made at a mutidisciplinary meeting of academicians convened by PEER at the Harvard Divinity School in April 1999.

Science is Humbled

by Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown and Janis A. Pryor

Our mission is not to argue for or against the existence of aliens. We are saying, however, that we support John Mack’s contention that as a culture, our epistomology, our way of investigating the origin, methods and the limits of human knowledge must be expanded to include that human experience can be a legitimate way of knowing.

Faces of the Visitors: Stranger Than Fiction

by Michael Lindemann

An excerpt, circa 1998, presenting Dr. Mack’s assessment of the possible nature of the human/alien “hybrid project”, including this statement: “This is not to say that the aliens or hybrids are not entirely real. Rather, I would argue that the process might be occurring largely in another realm, one with a different vibrational frequency, a kind of in-between domain — not pure formless spirit or dense matter — which, under certain circumstances, can penetrate our world, and be perceived with such vividness as to bring intense experiential conviction and even subtle physical manifestations for abductees… To some degree, then, the nature or quality of the hybrid project may reside in the eyes or co-creative consciousness of the beholders.”

The Moral Truth is Out There

by Theodore Roszak

As a historian, I have learned to take crazes like this as serious matters that can change society more dramatically than any official political policy. Skeptics find the urge to debunk such delusions overwhelming; that is understandable. But in spite of those who criticize with good sense and straight thinking, delusions change the world.

The Alien Abduction Phenomenon: Trauma or Transformation?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Some investigators, while acknowledging the growth-promoting aspect of the abduction phenomenon, argue that this is a by-product of the experiencer’s struggle…

A Science of Not Knowing

by John E. Mack, M.D.

…what if the phenomenon were subtle in the sense that it may manifest in the physical world, but derive from a source which by its very nature could not provide the kind of hard evidence that would satisfy skeptics for whom reality is limited to the material?

Studying Intrusions from the Subtle Realm: How Can We Deepen Our Knowledge?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

In the focus on the material realm to the exclusion of the subtle realms, we have virtually rid the cosmos of nature, rid nature of spirit and, in a sense, denied the existence of all life other than that which is physically observable here on Earth.

Harvard vs. the Space Aliens

by James Smart

A committee at Harvard Medical School is investigating a prominent professor because of his research about people who say they have been abducted now and again by little gray folks from outer space.

Are Aliens Trying to Save Planet Earth?

By A. Robert Smith

A half dozen years ago, Harvard psychiatrist John Mack thought anyone who worked with people who claimed they’d been abducted by aliens from outer space must be crazy. A year later his whole frame of reference changed…

Exploring African and Other Alien Encounters

by Dominique Callimanopulos

The Ariel School sighting is one of the most significant in recent UFO history. Even in their state of fear, many of the children reported also being curious and fascinated by the strange beings they saw, whose eyes in particular commanded an intense attention.

More On John Mack’s Abduction

by Andrea Pritchard

John has been much faulted for not being more scientific in his book [Abduction] but the topic of abductions does not neatly fit into what is “scientific,” but strays into philosophy and realms of the spirit… John can hardly be faulted for following this subject wherever it leads, and where it is appropriate to speak as a philosopher rather than a psychiatrist.

My Favorite Martians

by Kathryn Robinson

I don’t know if those of us who have never had our deepest-held beliefs dismissed as sick and ridiculous can begin to understand the overwhelming therapeutic value of simple respect. It’s hard, indeed, to find a downside in Mack’s trust: with nobody being sued or impugned (as in “repressed memories” of childhood abuse), his patients reportedly function better after their purgative sessions with him. If this is bad science, it may nonetheless be good medicine. …Yet, is it bad science?

The Outer Limits of the Soul

by Mark Gauvreau Judge

While UFOs remain mired in fifties-style science fiction imagery, increasing numbers of UFO abductees, as well as the experts who treat them, say their experiences have as much to do with inner as outer space.

The UFO Abduction Phenomenon: What Does it Mean for the Transformation of Human Consciousness?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Presented at the International Transpersonal Association Conference on “Science, Spirituality, and the Global Crisis: Toward a World with a Future,” held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 25 June 1992.

Why the Abduction Phenomenon Cannot Be Explained Psychiatrically

by John E. Mack, M.D.

From the proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT, June 1992
…Even psychosocial or cultural explanations, if they were to include all of the major dimensions of the syndrome, would force us to stretch our notions of the collective unconscious to such a degree that the distinctions between psyche and world, internal and external reality, would be obliterated.

Blowing the Western Mind

by John E. Mack, M.D.

We hear the expression “consensus reality” used to distinguish the conventional Western/Newtonian/Cartesian world view from other possible philosophies or frameworks of thought. The frequent bracketing of these words in writing and conversation implies that there is one accepted version of reality that includes a social agreement about what the mind may or may not legitimately countenance.