Portraits of alien abductees

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  1. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    Was I alone in expecting a picture of Eric Cartman?

  2. Will Bueche says:

    Reminds me of the adage not to judge gay people by the costumes at a pride parade. Most experiencers look exactly like you or I. 

  3. “This is Billy Pilgram. He was taken to the planet Tralfamadore. He is currently unstuck in time. That is, if you can define ‘currently.’”

  4. Christopher says:

    I don’t want  to put Bruce on the spot but I’d love to know which moon of Saturn he visited.

  5. Rich Keller says:

    Sasha looks like Robert Preston’s character from the Last Starfighter.

  6. travis swain pendlebury says:

    and so… aliens tend to abduct people who fancy large gaudy necklaces.

  7. “You’re on one of the moons of Saturn.” I said, “Why did you bring me here?” And he said, “Because these two moons are going opposite directions. They get to a certain point and they revolve around each other and go back the opposite direction. I just wanted you to see that.”
    Ring any bells?

  8. bcsizemo says:

    Who wrote these things?  I mean are they some sort of transcription from actual events told by these people, a direct quote, what?  Cause I swear some of these things read like someone wrote it who was either high, had a low cognitive ability, or completely terrified.  Lots of short sentences, run ons everywhere, fragments, thoughts that have no beginning or end….

    • vonbobo says:

      my best guess is that at the conference these people were given those small golf pencils and a piece of paper to write their experience on.
      Maybe some of these folks have never had a job or other life experiences where they practiced their writing skills?

      Oh.. and the mediating(?) time travelling einstein guy was high and might have gone to this thing just for something to do- probably works as a bus boy for the convention center.

      I loved the photography though! Great light.

  9. Nadreck says:

    Scoff at the tales of these poor people if you will but it is well known (to the readers of the Daily Midnight Star anyway) that these “Alien” abduction schemes were just trial runs by the C.I.A. for their torture interrogation and hallucinogenic-drug-brainwashing schemes.  Plausible deniability: if you dress up in a rubber alien suit there’s no way anyone’s going to believe your victims’ stories!

    • Steve Taylor says:

      > if you dress up in a rubber alien suit there’s no way anyone’s going to believe your victims’ stories!

      Yes, I certainly find wearing the rubber suit helps.

  10. Brainspore says:

    I think I just figured out Balok’s parentage.

  11. Rich Keller says:

    These  are usually instances of sleep paralysis and or hypnopompic/hypnogogic hallucination. I’ve had a couple of experiences myself that were similar. The figures in the hallucinations resembled characters in books I was reading at the time.
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis
    http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4008
     
    This post made  me think of this Steve Vai song that I haven’t heard since Doctor Demeto played it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5J2sMq18qs (It's best with headphones)

    • snowmentality says:

       I thought about that when I read the story where the guy stares at the alien from his bed, then asks the alien out loud “Can you show me the ship?” and the alien disappears.

      I once had a hypnopompic hallucination very similar to that — not an alien, but a ghostly-looking old man sitting at the foot of my bed. I have a very clear memory of staring at him and thinking “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’ve been staring at this image for a long time and it hasn’t gone away or turned into a trick of the light. So maybe I was wrong and there are such things as ghosts. Best practice with ghosts is to ask them what they want.” (Seriously, that was my train of thought.)

      So I opened my mouth and said “What –” and immediately the image disappeared. Speaking had clearly knocked my brain out of the hallucination.

      Brains can do such weird things.

  12. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    I noticed that many of their stories happened when they were asleep or could’ve been asleep.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/06/science/alien-abduction-science-calls-it-sleep-paralysis.html

      • Will Bueche says:

        That’s just a painting of sleep paralysis – which is sometimes accompanied by the feeling you can’t breathe. There’s little similarity to alien encounters in that there is no interaction with anyone, nor any relief from the paralysis, nor any being moved to a new location. Even the little grotesque being there is just a symbol of the feeling of not being able to breathe – it isn’t as if people actually reported a monster. Just the feeling as if one was one sitting on them. 

        • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

          FTA:

          ‘A sensed presence, vague gibberish spoken in one’s ear, shadowy creatures moving about the room, a strange immobility, a crushing pressure and painful sensations in various parts of the body — these are compatible not just with an assault by a primitive demon but also with probing by alien experimenters,” Dr. Cheyne said. ”And the sensations of floating and flying account for the reports of levitation and transport to alien vessels.”

          • Will Bueche says:

            Nah, the dissimilarity is why this “explanation” hasn’t been bought, in all the years that it has been suggested (and it has been around since at least the 1980s). “Shadowy creatures” (another way of saying “unseen creatures” I presume) isn’t the same as beings that you can touch and talk to. A sensation of feeling floaty doesn’t come close to being moved to another location, etc.

            What you quoted is a perfect illustration of trying to stretch something that is known and understood around something that is not understood (and not caring if it is irresponsible or not). That kind of distortion doesn’t advance knowledge at all. That’s why I prefer skeptics like Chris French, who have the integrity to say where current theories come up short – so that further research could perhaps account for the differences, maybe discover something new. Notice I am not ruling out that it may be something similar – but you cannot just write off something similar as something identical and call it a day. Not when so much distortion is required to pull it off. If we did that, apples would be oranges.

          • Wreckrob8 says:

            @deckhard68 Different individual semiotic processes could very easily account for differences in coding. Are you suggesting that these people should all process signs as a means of knowing something more and not simply something else, for example? Obviously they seem to find themselves elsewhere in space and time and need to express this in terms of alien abduction. Consciousness is a question of disambiguating coding processes to find the truth of what they are saying. To experience space and time in the various ways described by physics and to code for it linguistically does not seem beyond the realms of possibility in evolutionary terms. This is essentially what many Eastern and pre-Christian philosophical systems say, too, if rather more elegantly. Philosophical systems might add that the evolutionary motivation is to improve your maths and not whitter on about aliens, but mathematical wrongness or rightness can also be experienced in terms of ‘pain’ or ‘pleasure’.

    • Will Bueche says:

      Even the ones who were doing activities, like snow mobiling, or driving, or whatever, doesn’t eliminate the possibility that altered states of consciousness are involved. Some leap from there to the idea that they are the same as hypnogogic hallucinations, but since that leap doesn’t take into account the dissimilarities, I’d rather go with the idea that altered states of consciousness are involved, and leave it open as to in what way. Some believe that altered states facilitate perception of other realities. Like this guy — Remo Roth, Ph.D. (no idea who he is):  “…In the moment of the abduction the victims are forced into an altered consciousness….The victims are abducted into a world that is neither exclusively physical nor psychic.” And John Mack, Harvard psychiatrist, suggested the same thing:

      “A lot of times the experiences seem to begin in hypnagogic states,but that doesnt mean they are dream states, that would be a mistake [to assume that].” - Dr John Mack at Oberlin College, 2001

  13. puzzlingevidence says:

     I believe them.

  14. Bangorian says:

    They all have the creepy eyes…..

  15. bloopeeriod says:

    I am pretty sure I am an alien. I traveled here in my spaceship Uterus, had to learn earth language and customs from scratch and am still learning how to be a human.
    Just like an alien I am.

  16. The article made me think about this beatiful animated short based on the real interviews with people who claim to be abducted:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac0bkoKAR-s 

  17. jtegnell says:

    Apparently aliens are only interested in abducting white people, those racist bastards!

  18. technogeekagain says:

    As has been observed before: Note the similarities between these alien abductors and traditional (as opposed to Tolkien) fey folk. 

    It’s an interesting topic for a sociologist/psychologist, maybe. For myself, it’s distasteful; smacks of going to the madhouse to watch the amusing antics of the inmates. Even if they like the attention, encouraging them to persist in it is not good for them or for society.

  19. tylersweeney says:

    why dont aliens ever abduct people who can draw?

  20. baronkarza says:

    I’m that bunny… I’m that bunny rabbit.

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