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.

Mack, the Life

by Harvey A. Silverglate

In snubbing professor John Mack’s memorial, ‘official Harvard’ testifies to the power of his brilliant unconventionality.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Michael Blumenthal

Life-long family friend Michael Blumenthal remembers John Mack. One of eleven eulogies spoken at John Mack’s memorial service in the Harvard Memorial Church.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Jane Hughes Gignoux

Past president of Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (FIONS) remembers her friend John Mack, noting that they “grew up across the street from one another on the upper West side of Manhattan,” but did not realize this until “one evening in 1981, when we were both back in our old neighborhoods for a small conference.”

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Georgiana & John Boyer

Georgiana Sykes Boyer M.D. & John T. Boyer M.D. remember their friend, John Mack.

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.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Will Bueche

Interview by Sean Casteel

An interview by journalist Sean Casteel with PEER’s media director, Will Bueché, soon after Dr. Mack’s passing, on the Harvard psychiatrist’s career-spanning areas of interest, and how the alien encounter phenomenon was a logical continuation of these interests.

Ig Nobel Psychology Prize Statement in Memory of John E. Mack, M.D.

by David Jacobs, Ph.D.

A statement read at the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony and Lectures, in recognition of the passing of Dr. John Mack, who had shared with Dr. David Jacobs the 1993 Ig Nobel Psychology Prize “for their leaping conclusion that people who believe they were kidnapped by aliens from outer space, probably were”.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Stuart Davis

Singer/songwriter/producer Stuart Davis remembers his friend, John Mack.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Budd Hopkins

Artist and pioneer alien abduction researcher/author Budd Hopkins remembers his friend, John Mack, with radio host George Noory.

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Gurucharan Singh Khalsa

Gurucharan S. Khalsa, Ph.D., internationally recognized expert in meditation, remembers his friend, John Mack.

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….

UK Memorial Service for John E. Mack

by Elaine A. Steblecki

An account of the memorial service held for John Mack at Harvard’s Memorial Church in Cambridge. Reprinted from T.E. Notes: A T. E. Lawrence newsletter.

My Day in Manchester

by John E. Mack, M.D.

One week before his death, John Mack was in Manchester New Hampshire in advance of the US Presidential election. In this letter, originally composed to his sons, he shares his experience as a volunteer in “getting out the vote.”

Resisting the Politics of Fear

by John E. Mack, M.D.

“Because the terrorist danger is real, it is especially important that our capacity to assess the risk we face not be distorted for political gain.” Dr Mack’s final essay. Sept 2004.

The Responsible Warrior

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Dr Mack contrasts the leadership qualities of T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) with those of the American president George W Bush. A Boston Globe editorial, June 2004, written during Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

Being Open to a New Story (2): How Do You Know What You Believe You Know?

by Richmond Mayo-Smith

As Gallegos observes we tend to try to understand feelings rather than to feel them in their full force. Our culture trains us to do this… “Our challenge is to allow thinking to come back into a true relationship with feeling rather than attempting to dominate and control it.”

Remembrance of John E. Mack, M.D.: Stanislav Grof

Psychiatrist and pioneer of the holotropic breathwork technique, Stan Grof, M.D., remembers his friend, John Mack.

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.”

Deeper Causes: Exploring the Role of Consciousness in Terrorism

by John E. Mack, M.D.

“Without understanding what breeds these acts and drives the terrorists to do what they do … we have little chance of preventing further such actions, let alone of ‘eradicating terrorism.’” Harvard psychiatrist John Mack identifies three levels of causes: immediate, proximate, and deeper. Focusing on deeper causes, he shows how they are rooted in the nature of our minds, of consciousness itself. James O’Dea, president of IONS, notes “In this courageous and insightful article, Mack quotes former Governor Cuomo: ‘The only way to solve the terrorist problem is to change the minds of those who practice terrorism.’”

SciFi.com Chat with Dr. John Mack

An online text-based chat with Dr. Mack hosted by the SciFi Channel’s website in 2002 during the promotion of the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series Taken.

Messengers from the Unseen

By John E. Mack, M.D., Class of ’51

Oberlin graduate John Mack (’51) spoke at Oberlin College in 2001 on the event of his 50th class reunion. This article expands upon his presentation. Dr. Mack was surprised by the storm of criticism that came with the 1994 publication of Abduction. He has since come to understand his own naivite at the time as well as the “misty territory” his research and writing explores. He credits Oberlin for emphasizing open-mindedness and encouraging exploration in his education.

Alien Concepts: An Interview with Dr. John Mack

by Andrew Lawler

John Mack’s research into alien abductions has thrust him far out of the academic mainstream, yet the Harvard psychiatrist and his Program for Extraordinary Experience Research soldier on, constructing a “science of the sacred.”

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.

Aliens Among Us

by Joe Eich-Bonni

Doctor John Mack is a pulitzer prize-winning Harvard professor and psychiatrist. He thought you might like to know, there very well may be aliens among us. Feb 2001

Trickster’s Time

by John E. Mack, M.D.

A New York Times editorial by Dr. John Mack published November 30 2000. The editorial considers the “tied” Presidential election of 2000 from the perspective of the trickster archetype.

From the Edge of Experience: The Concept of Marriage

by Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER)

“They want to coexist with us, but the question is how do we do that?” In late 2000, Dr. Mack invited experiencers to a small gathering in Cambridge to share what they have learned from their alien encounters.

The Environmental Message of the Aliens

by Robert J. Begiebing

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

Passport to the Cosmos: An Interview with John Mack, M.D.

By Vivienne Simon

Vivienne Simon helped set up Dr John Mack’s Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER) in the early 90s. She revisited Dr Mack in 2000 to see where his research led.

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.

The Golden Thread: Interview with John E. Mack, M.D.

by Christina Zohs

“I’ve been interested in what is called transpersonal psychiatry, psychiatry that derives from an understanding that human consciousness is more than simply what the brain does but is a factor in the universe in which human beings participate. …That point of view made it possible for me to then hear about people who are having experiences that did not seem to fit the notions of the material world as the predominant reality.” Feb 2000.

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.

DSM-IV Religious and Spiritual Problems

by David Lukoff, Ph.D.

The inclusion of a new diagnostic category called “Religious or Spiritual Problem” in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) marks a significant breakthrough. For the first time, there is acknowledgment of distressing religious and spiritual experiences as nonpathological problems. Co-author of the category, Dr. David Lukoff, has prepared a coursebook (presented here) designed to educate mental health professionals about various types of religious and spiritual problems. Alien encounters are included in this coursebook because such extraordinary events function for some individuals as transcendent experiences.

From the Edge of Experience: Suspended in the Mist

by Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER)

In this From the Edge of Experience entry, we present a letter from a woman whose description of certain sounds and other perceptions during an anomolous experience has similarities to a report shared in another Edge entry, “A Pearl”.

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.

Q & A with Dr. John Mack

by Sean Casteel

A brief interview in support of the release of Passport to the Cosmos.

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?

Dr John Mack in the Arts

A sampling of some artistic endeavors including plays and comic strips that reference Dr. Mack.

Whitley Strieber Interviews John E. Mack, M.D.

by Whitley Strieber

“The problem we have in our philosophy in the West is we have a very vastly oversimplified notion of reality.”

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…

Emerging Renaissance: UFO Encounters, Power and Implications

by John E. Mack, M.D.

John E. Mack, M.D., discusses the ethical responsibilities of psychiatry in the context of the investigation into his work that was launched by Harvard Medical School in 1994 and ended without censure in 1995.

Alien Enlightenment: An Interview with John Mack

by David J. Brown

An interview with John Mack by the editor of Mavericks of the Mind and Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse. 21 August 1996

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Space Station: A Breakfast with John Mack, M.D.

by Susan Downs, M.D., MPH

Susan Downs, M.D., MPH, reports on John Mack’s presentation to the Northern California Psychiatric Association in 1996.

Christopher Lydon interviews John E. Mack, M.D.

by Christopher Lydon

“…psychiatrist John Mack of the Cambridge Hospital and the Harvard Medical School has been saying attention must be paid here, these alien abductions are not dreams or fabrications or science fiction he says, and he’s been in all kinds of trouble for saying so. Trouble with Harvard, trouble with colleagues and the press, and now with Nova, the PBS science show. John Mack and the alien argument are next on The Connection.”