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      Alien abduction can be good for you, says anthropologist

      A Canadian academic says alien abduction can be a pleasant experience.

      Anthropologist Krista Henriksen says her study of people who claim to
      have been abducted suggests that aliens are quite affable.

      Ms Henriksen told the The Edmonton News: "They tell people they're
      not alone, that they're special, they're chosen for a purpose."

      She has studied the accounts of 60 men and women who claimed to have
      had close encounters.

      Most of them remembered being told there were profound, terrible
      problems with the world but that they had been chosen to do something
      about it.

      "Sometimes they have malevolent messages, manipulative, nasty
      messages. But that was, by far, the minority," she told the paper.
      "Most often extraterrestrials were bringing messages of goodwill."

      Henriksen recently earned her master's degree in anthropology from
      British Columbia's Simon Fraser University with the study, Alien
      Encounters: A close analysis of personal accounts of extraterrestrial
      experiences.

      Although she is "highly sceptical" that aliens have ever abducted
      anyone, she says it's important to study the phenomenon.

      It's easy to dismiss fringe groups like those who believe they've been
      abducted, she says, but studying them gives us a better understanding
      of who we are.

      Chris Rutkowski, research co-ordinator of Ufology Research of
      Manitoba, said there were 375 reports of UFO sightings in Canada in
      2001.

      Story filed: 14:15 Monday 30th September 2002

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