I am pleased to be able to make freely available online searchable PDF versions of all 31 issues of the “Bulletin of Anomalous Experience”, edited
by David Gotlib (with his kind permission).
Dr David Gotlib is a Canadian psychiatrist. He edited the “Bulletin of Anomalous Experience”, which was circulated among mental health
professionals and a network of interested UFO researchers from 1990 and 1994. The Bulletin focused on psychological, physiological and sociological
issues relevant to ufological / abductee discussions e.g. False Memory Syndrome, hypnosis, Michael Persinger’s Tectonic Strain Hypothesis, Albert
Budden’s work on electromagnetic pollution, folklore, myths, surveys, articles by Martin Kottmeyer, etc.
The Bulletin was aimed at therapists/scientists as well as ufologists, with articles, book reviews and commentaries on mainstream scientific
literature potentially relevant to studies of abductees and experiencers.
The entire collection of searchable PDF versions of the Bulletin can be downloaded as a single zip file from the link below, or you can use
or the links further below (with each issue illustrated
with a sample page or two) to each indvidual issues in case you just want to specific issue. The Bulletin evolved significantly during the 5 years of
its production, with an increasing number of insightful articles by ufologists and psychologists so I would recommend sampling an issue from the last
two years (i.e. Volumes 4 and 5).
An article by Jacques Vallee on his website
refers to Dr David Gotlib’s
“seminal work” and states that Dr Gotlib’s Bulletin of Anomalous Experience “has presented the most unbiased framework for a healthy debate
about abductions but was frequently at variance with the ‘leaders’ of the field”
In advice that appears to have largely fallen on deaf years, ufologist Ed Stewart stated
(back in 2000)
that the Bulletin “should be consulted and referenced in any meaningful discussion of the topic”.
When I recently asked veteran Canadian ufologist Chris Rutkowski for his views on the most useful existing literature regarding persons reporting
anomalous experiences (e.g. UFOs and abductions) he stated that “without question the best work in the field was by David Gotlib” and that David
Gotlib “was easily the most scientific researcher in the field and worked with psychiatric and psychology professionals”. Highly-regarded British
ufologist Jenny Randles also recently stated to me that the Bulletin “deserves broader recognition” and made the following comments about it:
It is a badly overlooked, but extremely useful resource covering aspects of the UFO debate all too often underappreciated. Whatever UFOs might
eventually turn out to be they are events that get experienced by human beings through their senses and perceptions and usually whilst facing extremes
of cognition and psychological stress. This makes research into these areas of fundamental importance to our understanding of what is going on. A UFO
encounter is in the modern world the ultimate anomalous experience and ignoring what is being uncovered about this aspect of our selves undersells any
Bruce Maccabee stated (in the “Bulletin of Anomalous Experience” itself, in Volume 5 Issue 6) that he had “been ‘triple AAA’d’ (Amazed,
Amused and occasionally Appalled)” by what he had read in the Bulletin, stating that “the discussions and reviews are great” but he had “been
bothered by the fact that they almost always center on the mental aspects of the situation, as in ‘it’s all mental’”.
David Gotlib has stated
, when he previously sold a collection of the Bulletin over a
decade ago, that
Bulletin of Anomalous Experience (BAE for short), began in 1990 as a bimonthly forum for dialogues between for therapists and scientists interested in
the UFO abduction experience, and paranormal experiences in general. BAE quickly evolved from a 8-10 page newsletter of opinions to a 20 to 36 page
newsletter chock-full of original articles of opinion and research, detailed book reviews of new publications, reviews of mainstream scientific
literature relevant to the study of anomalies, and personal introductions and brief bios of the participants. Experiencers had their own section to
share their points of view and critique the material.
Hilary Evans, a frequent contributor and supporter, described BAE as comfortably treading the narrow path between the groves of academia and the dust
and heat of the marketplace, inquiring and suggesting, not asserting or insisting. BAE sided neither with the skeptics nor the true believers;
instead its guiding principle was the conviction that understanding the abduction experience was an eminently worthwhile scientific enterprise, and
one way to accomplish this was to develop a synergy by inviting the most thoughtful and diverse thinkers in the field to participate in BAE¹s virtual
As I review the five-year, 31-issue collection (over 500 pages in all) I still think it is unique in the field for its depth and breadth of study of
the abduction experience, the range of opinions expressed (with a high degree of professionalism), and the regular inclusion of material from
mainstream scientific journals were intended to help readers and researchers strengthen their knowledge base and critical faculties.
edit on 27-7-2015 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)