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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"Unraveling the Mystery of Alien Abductions" on Discovery Channel


my rating: (**) 2/5 stars

comments: At first I was enjoying the show, and then it became clear that it was very one sided. Here are the two sides: (1) Alien abductions are authentic. (2) Alien abductions are just sleep paralysis experiences interpreted as abductions.

The show devoted most of its time and energy to the second possibility. It even made the abductions look like sci-fi horror movies to the point where it could make the topic of aliens and abductions very laughable. It made me very upset. They made the aliens look like science fiction monsters, which make it even more unbelievable. I think there was an agenda behind this show. It was very unbalanced.

The show should have just been called "The Mystery of Sleep Paralysis" because it was more about sleep paralysis and its history that alien abductions. It really was more about the science of sleep. After the first 10-15 minutes of the one hour show, there was barely a solid mention of alien abductions. They discussed ghosts and demons, though.

The show featured Budd Hopkins [link], Dr. David M. Jacobs [link] and other well-known authors and researchers/scientists. I agreed with what Budd Hopkins said about sleep paralysis. People who are afraid and confused by the experience cling on to the idea that it's a sleep paralysis ( as someone so confidently tells them it is) because it seems to be more plausible in this so called "real-world" than an alien abductions.

In the final seven minutes of the show they talk about the aspects on alien abductions that cannot be explained by sleep paralysis. These are far more powerful than the arguments for sleep paralysis.

This could have been a lot better.

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