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UFOs "abductions" are imaginary:Bertrand Méheust

hemidactylus at my-dejanews.com hemidactylus at my-dejanews.com
Sun Mar 28 20:49:23 EST 1999


(crossposted ng's remain trimmed)

In article <7djrha$r7p$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>,
  patanie at my-dejanews.com wrote:
> In article <7dh9hi$q82$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>,
>   hemidactylus at my-dejanews.com wrote:
> > (crossposted ng's trimmed)
> >
> > In article <7dfkop$b6j$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>,
> >   patanie at my-dejanews.com wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Here are 2 important references for those naive and immature Anglo-Saxons
> who
> > > continue to believe in "extraterrestrial" "abductions" :
> > >
> > > References:
> > >
> > > Bertrand Méheust, qui fut l’un des précurseurs de l’anthropologie des
> > > extraterrestres:
> > >
> > >  1.Science-fiction et soucoupes volantes, Paris, Mercure de France, 1978 ;
> > >
> > > (Science-fiction and Flying Saucers,Mercure de France editor,Paris 1978.)
> > >
> > >  2.En soucoupes volantes. Vers une ethnologie des récits d’enlèvements,
> > > Paris, Imago, 1992.
> > >
> > > (Aboard Flying Saucers. Towards an Ethnology of abductees'stories.
> > >  Imago editor,Paris 1992,France)
> > >
> > >
> >
> > I'm assuming these references deal with the neurobiology of UFO beliefs in
> > some way, perhaps? Or is it more like the neuropsychology of imagination.
> >
> > Has anybody compared the fMRI's of X-files watchers versus nonwatchers. Maybe
> > there is relevance to Brodmann's area 51 ;-)
> >
>
> Hi,
>
> Bertrand Meheust has discovered something very important:that tales found
> in descriptions of "ufos" of today could be found much before 1947,when UFOs
> became a fashion,in science-fiction books...
>
>

Your skepticism of and interest in UFO myths is warranted, but I'm not seeing
the immediate connection to neuroscience here. This point I was trying to
make above probably got lost in my humor ("Brodmann's area 51" was funny
wasn't it). Your focus is on ethnography, psycho-sociology or whatever and
valid in that domain.

Others on this thread have discussed possible neuro-related implications,
which interest me, although I'm not too sure about them. I've heard
discussion of a cortical region (temporal?) involved with religiousity and
superstition before, but haven't ever read any original references or
possible criticisms.

Scott Chase


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