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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:00 PM


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(BY the late great Dr. John E. Mack)

In his follow-up to Abduction, John E. Mack, M.D., demonstrates how the alien abduction phenomenon calls for a revolutionary new way of examining the nature of reality and our place in the cosmos.. "For Mack, the alien abduction phenomenon is nothing short of a cosmic wake-up call to humans that we do indeed live in a world filled with spirits and beings who can cross the barrier we have thrown up between the material and immaterial worlds. Drawing on the rich tradition of non-Western and indigenous cultures, which more readily accept that we live in a multidimensional universe, Mack persuasively shows that by broadening our definition of "what is real," we can begin to explore a phenomenon that has deep and lasting implications for humanity. SYNOPSIS: In his groundbreaking follow-up to the best-selling Abduction, Pulitzer Prize-winner John E. Mack, M.D., powerfully demonstrates how the alien abduction phenomenon calls for a revolutionary new way of examining the nature of reality and our place in the cosmos.

OVERVIEW: Harvard professor John E. Mack stunned the world when he first published in Abduction the astonishing results of his extensive research involving clients who reported they had had encounters with alien life-forms. In Passport to the Cosmos, Mack, who has done additional research with abductees in the United States and around the world, provocatively asserts that this phenomenon is part of a new era in human consciousness, a time in which we must be willing to embrace the idea that alien visitation is real on some level. For Mack, the alien abduction phenomenon is nothing short of a cosmic wake-up call to humans that we do indeed live in a world filled with spirits and beings who can cross the barrier we have thrown up between the material and immaterial worlds. Drawing on the rich tradition of non-Western and indigenous cultures, which more readily accept that we live in a multidimensional universe, Mack persuasively shows that by broadening our definition of "what is real,"

we can begin to explore a phenomenon that has deep and lasting implications for humanity. By sharing the vivid and dramatic encounters of experiencers, Mack illuminates a phenomenon that has shattered the worldviews of the people who have experienced it. Time and time again, experiencers from all cultures say their lives have been radically altered by their encounters with aliens in ways that are both traumatic and transformative. This transformation seems to be an intrinsic part of the alien abduction phenomenon, which is marked by a variety of elements that go beyond the physical manifestation of alien visitation. In Passport to the Cosmos, John Mack further solidifies his reputation as a brave pioneer on the forefront of the science of human experience, an authoritative voice that will take us into the twenty-first century.

FROM THE CRITICS: LIBRARY JOURNAL -- The Harvard psychiatrist, whose best-selling Abduction argued that aliens indeed visit us, here claims that these "visitations" prove we are being guided by intelligent beings from beyond. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “Passport to the Cosmos provides the most sophisticated and insightful analysis to date about alien abduction phenomena. John Mack deserves not only praise for offering such a perceptive analysis of this phenomenon, but also thanks for holding his ground in the face of critics who cannot tolerate the possibility that humans are encountering an 'otherness' that does not fit into categories acceptable to our civilization." — Michael Zimmerman, (chair of the Department of Philosophy, Tulane University). “John Mack's research on the challenging phenomenon of alien abduction represents a stunning breakthrough in our understanding of ourselves and our place in the larger cosmos.

With a rare combination of empiricism, reason, and empathy he skillfully guides us to reconsider our attachment to the bankrupt materialist worldview and open our minds to the possibilities of a universe of awesome diversity.” — Ralph Metzner, (Ph.D., psychologist and author of Green Psychology).”John Mack has again gone where others dare not go in pursuit of the truth about mysterious abduction experiences. Through research by such serious, qualified, and respected academics as John Mack, understanding of these events will eventually emerge." — Edgar Mitchell, (Sc.D., astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences)

*See 'attachment'-Professor Mack with Paola Harris at the Florence UFO Convention-2004
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The contemporary Western tenet that we are alone in the universe, conversant
only with ourselves, is, in fact, a minority perspective, an anomaly.

John Mack, M.D.

Establishing a New Science of Human Experience
By Dr.John Mack
Lecture Transcription for Audio tape
Florence Italy
November 16th 2003

Thank you to the Gruppo Academico Scandicci GAUS and Paola
Harris for inviting me to Florence for this conference. What I'd like to do
first is give an overview of the "so called Abduction phenomena and lead
into questions of how do we know or what are the ways of knowing when we are
dealing with something this strange . I also will discuss the implications
of this and phenomena like this for our world.
I am a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and I have a special interest in
extraordinary experience.I'd like to discuss how our language shapes the
experience.For instance, words like "abduction" and alien shape the
conversation a certain way. The word "abduction" is off in two different
ways first, first, it implies that every person who has this encounter
experience is taken against his or her will like an abduction in human terms
. It also implies that each person who has an experience is physically taken
, the whole body is taken up into a craft, which is also not true in all

Another aspect of contact is transferring information to humans
telepathically or showing us images. A lot of this information has had to do
with what our species are doing that is destructive to our planet. It is as
if what we are doing ecologically with the planet is creating some kind of
larger problem in the Galaxy. Also" the Experiencers "are given certain
skills, certain capabilities that they were not given in their schooling.
For instance they may discover that they may have a great artistic ability
that comes from this contact. Also they may have been given important
mathematical and scientific knowledge that goes way beyond anything they
learned in school and yet they are downloaded the most complicated
mathematical formulas and when the scientist and Physicist recognize that
there is truth coming from these individuals and sometimes more than the
physicists themselves know, they recognize it as genuine. I have personally
seen many examples of these.

I'd also like to speak about the question of evidence, how do we know that
this experience is true? How do we evaluate these reports and how do we
determine truthfulness. For example when I evaluate, I become clear that
people of sound mind have no reason for making up this story. It is sure
that they did not get it from the media because often they know more than
the media. But there is something missing in what we have to evaluate or
determine when a person tells us a story so bizarre whether he/she is
telling the truth and whether we should take them seriously. But as yet we
have had no criteria to evaluate the truth of such encounters. So I am
working on just this and I'm just beginning to establish a science of Human

Now in traditional science when we observe certain phenomenon, we bring some
objectivity to what we have studied. But when you are trying to understand
something so profound and important to a person you can not stand back but
you must enter "into "the consciousness of that person. So what the critics
will say "what you are learning is too subjective" here is the problem, if
you are going to learn about something this profound, then the learning
needs to be "intersubjuctive. "
So still there is the problem of discovering the truth. If I say it just
feels like they are telling the truth, then this is not enough. So we have
to start with the "holistic way of knowing". This is close to what we know
as intuitive knowing. It is like a knowing of the heart and a knowing of the
spirit that has been part of traditional cultures for hundreds and thousands
of years but has been lost in the west.
I received some help in this matter from Vatican representative
Monsignor Corrado Balducci who says "we in the church take this UFO
Encounter Phenomena very seriously and the reason for that is, that there
seem to be so many reliable witnesses. In the church, we have had centuries
of having to evaluate miraculous reports by some kind of criteria and so
they had to develop the notion of the "reliable witnesses."
So I began to apply this idea of the reliable witness to these cases.
How do we know who is a reliable witness? For my cases, it not only had to
do with the fact just that these people who were trustworthy reported
something but it had to do with the power of their communication that came
across to me. I would experience with these people when they would be
reliving their experience, the most powerful vibration. I was in the
presence of something awesome in its intensity .The experiencers themselves
would give language to that. They would say something like "every cell in my
body was vibrating"! When you are in the presence of that, it passes your
judging mind and you feel it in your whole being.

Going back to "What is a reliable witness", it has to do with a
resonance between the person who is reporting or sharing the experience and
the clinician. It might be called "a direct knowing". You just know that
with your whole being that this person is telling the truth. There are other
examples of this "direct knowing" as demonstrated when the Tribunal that was
hearing testimony of the torture in Bosnia questioned witnesses. The Judge
said after hearing the testimony of a particular woman about how she was
tortured." I do not need any more testimony". I can just tell that it is not
possible that she is not telling the truth. That is sufficient.

Now everyone knows torture exists. That is accepted. But it is
not accepted in our society that these UFO encounters exist. Therefore you
need to have evidence of a pattern of such similarities that is showing up
in hundreds, if not, thousands of cases. One of these experiencers is
helping me out with this statement she made about witnesses.
" When a witness speaks, all recognize that they have been in another realm.
Sincerity and truth and power of spirit are just as measurable as inches and
pounds but not in the same way."
It is ironic that experiences like alien abduction encounters, UFOs, Crop
Circles, and near-death experiences are called anomalies. In another words
in our culture, what lies outside the realm of the cultural agreement, about
what is real is called anomalous.

Therefore a huge amount of human experience is called anomalous when I have
discussed this with Native Americans, and they say it is not an anomalous.
We know about this. It is part of the human experience.

Estabishing a new "worldview"
In the last minutes, I want to talk about matter of a worldview and
how it works. It has always been referred to as a paradigm and it has more
of a scientific. But I prefer to call it worldview because it refers to
something bigger. A worldview is the way we organize reality. It is the way
we believe things work. In a way it is like an instrument of navigation. Our
worldviews is what holds the human psyche together. What I came to realize
with that Harvard Committee was that I was threatening the scientific
medical world
View by which they were living..
What has been the dominant worldview in our society could be
called Neutonian-Carticianism or anthropocentric, humanist. It is a
worldview that puts the human being as top of the cosmic hierarchy of

The simplest term for this is, is that which I call Scientific Materialism.
In this world view, matter and energy is the primary reality and there is no
larger intelligence in the Cosmos .The principle method of study is
objective reality which separates the investigator from the matter that is
being investigated. Now in recent years, this view, which has dominated our
society, is failing. It is failing in every important element that the
worldview is supposed to serve. First there is a huge amount of phenomena,
which it can not explain nor deal with. There is no method of study for many
things that we are talking about today.
Secondly, it leads to terrible destructiveness because it treats the entire
planet as simply physical resources to fight over by who are the most
powerful and most important countries.
Thirdly, "scientific materialism" does not give human beings any real
satisfaction. It leaves us without spirit and it leaves us with an empty
Because all it has to offer are more and more material things

Now we have new emerging worldviews that are different. In this worldview,
there is intelligence dwelling in the universe. That experience which
happens to my clients is one example of the intelligence dwelling in the
universe and the beings that have come to my clients are another example.
The Crop Formations are also evidence of this intelligence that is trying to
communicate with us. Also it is a model of the universe and us in it which
says that everything is connected with everything else and we know that
"cutting edge" physics is supporting this worldview. So it includes not only
new ways of knowing but it also involves a spiritual awakening.

This change which is happening around us is met with enmity and a great
deal of resistance because there's a huge psychological economic and
political investment in maintaining the Old World view. I will give you one
examples of the UFO resistance because books being written which discuss
this new paradigm are being called "new age, pseudoscientific, psychcentric
in order to dismiss them as out of hand because some people who write such
books do not hold themselves responsible to any scientific standards what so

I will conclude by speaking about the implications of this new
worldview. We see around us all kinds of forces which are supporting the
emergence of this way of thinking.People around the planet are opening up
to new ways of thinking.Groups , like the GAUS (GRUPPO ACADEMICO UFOLOGICO
SCANDICCI), are committed to the new emerging paradigm.

How would this planet be different if the emerging world view became be the
dominant world view?
We would be connected to all living beings not just those around us, and
with all nature and spirit which would make it impossible for us to treat
nature in such a exploitative way. For example we would be able to identify
with other peoples, other religions and with all animals so we would not
treat them just as products to consume. With this deeper reality ,we could
appreciate that we are connected to the Divine, the creative principle which
would be more fulfilling than the material focus that has been so dominant

So it would be global like a" global awakening of the heart."instead
of global exploitation, a word that is has that connotation today.
I might add "opening of the heart " has been a fundamental aspect of alien
encounter experience I learned from my dealing with experiencers. Sometimes
experiencers get information from these beings that we are not just a menace
to the Earth but we are a menace to the Galaxy . In conclusion ,as this
emerging paradigm this emerging world view, takes hold, we might become more
responsible citizens of a galaxy instead of becoming the eminent menace we
appear to be!

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