I had to do a research paper for my English Comp 2 class, did mine on alien abduction. This was supposed to be a short paper but ended up being 9
pages without the refrences, done in APA format. Its purpose was to provide an argument for and against whether or not its a real thing, and to get
the reader interested in the subject, if theyve never read about it before.
Let me know what you think
Alien Abduction: Fact or Science Fiction?
With television shows like X Files, Taken, and movies like The Fourth Kind, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Fire In The Sky, alien
abduction has become a popular subject in the media. Thousands of people claim to have been abducted and examined by extraterrestrials. Many of those
people also claim these beings have left scars with them, both physically and mentally. Psychologists that have interviewed these alleged victims of
these abductions claim these individuals have signs of something similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In abduction circles, this is known
as 'Post Abduction Syndrome' (PAS).
While there is no concrete proof these individuals have been taken by aliens, something traumatic has happened to them, and while conscious memories
are blocked, they experience something similar to flashbacks triggered by sound, sight smell or taste, and relive the horror of their experience.
The question is: what has happened to these people to cause them to claim that they have been abducted by extraterrestrials? Has something happened
them so traumatic that their brain compensated for it be 'remembering' an abduction by extraterrestrials, or has someone implanted a 'false
memory' using a post-hypnotic suggestion, or have they watched a movie or television show that the subject was about alien abduction, and while they
dreamt their subconscious 'creates' an alien abduction episode in their subconscious, or have some people actually BEEN abducted by otherworldly
beings and examined, such as our own biologists do with wildlife?
Alien abduction wasn't heard of until the 1960's when a couple, Barney and Betty Hill, while driving to their home in New Hampshire, returning from
a trip to Canada, claimed they saw a light in the sky that followed them. After some time, they heard a set of beeping tones coming from the rear of
the car. Then they heard the beeping tones again, and realized they drove 35 miles without realizing it, and the normal 4 hour drive to their home
from Canada to New Hampshire took 7 hours, with no explanation as to where the missing three hours went.
When under hypnosis, Mr. and Ms. Hill described being taken from their car by black clothed humanoids, with huge wraparound eyes, small ears, an
almost nonexistent nose and slits for mouths. They claim they were taken aboard the craft they spied earlier and given physical examinations. Ms. Hill
claimed to have a conversation with a being she called 'The Leader', where she asked where the aliens were from. He proceeded to show her a star
chart, which she later recalled under hypnosis.
The couple were eventually returned to their car and resumed their drive home. The couple remembered vague dreams of what had happened, but didnt
fully recall the incident until later while under hypnosis (Fuller, 1974).
Skeptics dismiss the Hill case because like other alien abduction cases, there is no solid tangible proof they were abducted. Betty Hill claimed the
leader allowed her to take and keep a book she found on the craft, only to have him take it back right before releasing them. They have also claimed
that the light they saw was an aircraft beacon on top of the mountains they drove thru on their way home. The alien they described looked similar to
one that was shown on the TV show The Outer Limits. So in conclusion, the case was dismissed as a false story claimed by a sleep deprived couple
driving long hours into the night. (The Iron Skeptic - The Betty and Barney Hill Super Page. (n.d.).
But, can EVERYTHING in this case be dismissed as a hoax or dream? When the Hills arrived home in New Hampshire, Betty discovered stains on her dress
she didn't recall being on there when she put the dress on. The 'stains' have been analyzed by 5 different laboratories. One chemist states the
stain was of an unknown source.
Barney Hill discovered a series of circles on the trunk of their car. When he would put a compass near the circles, the need would spin rapidly. When
he moved it away, it stopped (Fuller, 1974).
The biggest factor in the Hill case is the Star Map Betty Hill claimed to see on board the craft. At the time, Ms Hill has virtually no background in
astronomy, and immediately the map was dismissed. In 1968, Marjorie Fish, after reading a book about the incident, decided to try to find where the
locations of the star map lay in the known universe. After a year or two, she finished the map and deduced the beings were from was the Zeta Reticuli
system, a binary star system only viewable from the Southern Hemisphere (Dickinson).
Did the couple hallucinate the incident after driving long into the night, on a dark and lonely mountain highway?
If the Hill case was an isolated case, one might think so, but after the Hill case was publicized, many others stepped forward and said they have too
been abducted be grey skinned beings with huge eyes. Were all these people telling the truth, and if so, are we being observed by a higher
intelligence like we observe animals in the wild?
Psychologists say no, many of these so called 'abduction' incidents are the result of what's described as 'false memory', meaning the brain
substitutes a false memory in place of something traumatic that happened to the individual. One psychologist claims that alien abduction memories
might be the brain replacing the memory of being sexually abused as a child, due to the fact some of these 'abductees' claim they have been rectally
or vaginally probed by these extraterrestrials.
The after effects of an abduction are called Post Abduction Syndrome, or PAS.
Victims that have said they've experienced abduction often complain or experience the following afterwards:
• Persistent re-experiencing of the traumatic event characterized by flashbacks
• Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma
• Denial of the event
• Phobic avoidance of areas or situations where contact occurred
• Refraining from sleep at the time contact occurred
• Emotional reaction to literature, pictures, or videos about alien entities
• Numbing of emotions characterized by inability to feel intimacy, pleasure, or to express
• Diminished interest previously enjoyed activities
• May have no expectation of normal life events or normal life span
• May fear abduction with no return or lengthy abduction
• Hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response, irritability, and/or panic attacks