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Here is a collection of stories of Alien abductions and the unexplainable that I have found on the internet. On the Links page you will find the authors of these stories. Also I will try to add new stories every month.
A recent survey in the USA revealed as many as 3% of Americans think they have been abducted by aliens at sometime in the past. The question remains; why did they bother coming back? Does returning 7.5 million Americans to Earth count as gross negligence on the part of the aliens?
So what is really going on? Are huge numbers of Earthlings being tampered with by little green (or grey) men or is there some more rational explanation? Dr Susan Blackmore is a parapsychologist who has been investigating alien abductions and encounters for more than 25 years. Her research has revealed a more plausible explanation for this phenomenon involving some basic functions of the human brain. Sue speaks with Toby Murcott from the BBC.
(Klaatu) "We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill."
(Senator) "Naturally we're very curious to know where it is you come from."
(Klaatu) "From another planet. Lets just say that we're neighbours."
(Paul) "Have you ever woken up to find your body paralysed and a lurking presence in the room waiting to harm you? Perhaps you though you were being abducted by aliens or possessed by a witch. Well don't worry, this is a common phenomenon with a perfectly rational explanation. Toby Murcott from the science unit of the BBC talks with Doctor Susan Blackmore, a psychologist and parapsychologist."
(Toby) "One of the things that many people report is a strange feeling of waking up in the middle of the night and feeling there's somebody with them there. There's an alien or there's somebody sitting on their chest. Are there any scientific explanations for what might be going on here?"
(Dr Blackmore) "It could be a number of things, I mean there could be somebody standing on their chest! But also we know that there are certain parts of the brain, when they're firing give you what's called a sense of presence. This feeling that there's somebody there even if you can't see or hear anything. A strong feeling of someone being in the room with you. This can happen when you have the temporal lobe of the brain, that's the part of the brain just at sort of above the ears on either side, when they're stimulated artificially and they do fire spasmodically before and after sleeping as well. But its particularly associated with sleep paralysis where you wake up after dreaming and you're still paralysed and then its quite common, not only that you can't move, but you're absolutely convinced there's someone in the room with you."
(Toby) "Is this a relatively new phenomenon or are there examples of this going back through history?"
(Dr Blackmore) "Oh sleep paralysis has a long history in fact there are what is called sleep paralysis myths in just about every culture. Something or another comes in the night. It very often sits on the chest of a person or it tries to strangle them or it made just lurk around the room menacingly. Its very often described as dark grey or black. It can make strange noises from heavy breathing through sort of humming buzzing vibration noises. The specific details really depend on which culture you're talking about. So examples are the Incubus and Succubus from medieval times that work with these devils that would come and tempt you in the night, have sex with you and impregnate you and what have you."
(Man) "He's got that robot standing there eight feet tall just waiting for orders to destroy us."
(Woman) "This space man whatever he is, we automatically assume he's a menace. May be he isn't at all."
(Woman) "Klaatu barada niktu! Klaatu barada niktu!"
(Toby) "This also sounds quite similar to reports of alien abductions and alien visitations that we have throughout the developed world at the moment."
(Dr Blackmore) "Yes, I think its quite likely that many abduction experiences are in fact the equivalent of the modern sleep paralysis myth."
(Toby) "So you're saying that the experiences that people report are because they've woken up while they're still dreaming?"
(Dr Blackmore) "Loosely speaking yes. I think what happens is, we know that when you're dreaming you're whole body is paralysed (it has to be otherwise you would act out your dreams). Now normally that should have worn off before you wake up. But under certain circumstances it doesn't wear off and you wake up. You are awake in the sense that you can hear and see what's around you but you're asleep in the sense that you're still paralysed and to some extent you'll still having dream imagery. So if you imagine somebody waking up in that situation, they know they're awake, they're thinking "ah! I'm awake! please help! ah!" and they scream and nothing comes out and they've got this awful sense of presence (the feeling of something in the room) and may be a humming, a buzzing noise, may be a feeling of something vibrating on the bed or crawling up their skin. What are they going to think? I think many people now who've watched the X-files and read all these magazines about aliens are going to think of aliens and in that half hallucinating state of mind, thinking of aliens may well be enough to give you a visit image of the alien that you know about before and there you go. You're in the midst of a very convincing abduction type experience. But there are of course some cases that can't be explained this way and I'm not trying to force every single experience to fit the mould."