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UFOs "abductions" are imaginary:Bertrand Méheust

John E Anderson jander at unf.edu
Fri Mar 26 23:56:35 EST 1999

John wrote:
> Didn't some neurologist in Britain claim a few years ago that he could
> induce UFO abductions experiences  via magnetic field stimulation of the
> temporal lobes? Is this the equivalent of watching too much TV? Sorry to be
> so vague, but I'm sure this was reported.

This sounds a little like the work of Michael Persinger, a Canadian
psychologist.  He certainly has done work on the temporal lobes, I think
including stimulating them with magnetic fields.  The effects as I
recall were that the subjects sometimes had mystical experiences when
stimulated in their temporal lobes, but I can't remember the details. 
Persinger's work was profiled in OMNI magazine some 5-10 years back, and
he wrote a book called _The Neuropsychological Bases of God Beliefs_.

John E Anderson
Department of Natural Sciences
University of North Florida
Jacksonville FL

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