Fwd = Alien abduction can be good for you, says anthropologist
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Original Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 05:50:40 -0500
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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
"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
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
Story filed: 14:15 Monday 30th September 2002
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