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Abduction stories are strikingly similar. Victims wake up and find themselves paralyzed, unable to move or cry out for help. They see flashing lights and hear buzzing sounds. Electric sensations zing through their bodies, which may rise up in levitation. Aliens with wrap-around eyes, gray or green skin, lacking hair or noses, approach. The abductee’s heart pounds violently. There’s lots of probing in the alien ship. /—/
Bizarre effects aside, sleep paralysis is as normal as hiccups. It’s not a sign of mental illness. About 25 percent of people around the world have experienced it, and about 5 percent get the whole show of sight, sound, tactile hallucinations, and abduction.
Some of these people become completely absorbed by what happened and seek an explanation of it. That can lead them into a grab bag of different techniques well known to those with a rich fantasy life and a distaste for scientific explanations.
On a more positive note
There’s an article called Cultural impact of extraterrestrial contact on Wikipedia, and it’s rated as a “good article” (lengthy, well-written, etc).
The implications of extraterrestrial contact have often been likened to those of the meeting of two vastly different human cultures on Earth. Such meetings have led to the destruction of the civilization being contacted (as opposed to the “contactor” civilization, which initiates contact), and this is one possible result of extraterrestrial contact. However, as the nature of extraterrestrial civilizations is unknown and no contact with one has yet taken place, it is impossible to say what the result would be. In spite of these difficulties, various systems have been created to assess the implications of such contact.
The beliefs of the general public about the effect of extraterrestrial contact have also been studied. A poll of United States and Chinese university students in 2000 provides factor analysis of responses to questions about, inter alia, the participants’ belief that extraterrestrial life exists in the Universe, that such life may be intelligent, and that humans will eventually make contact with it.
The study also shows significant weighted correlations between participants’ belief that extraterrestrial contact may either conflict with or enrich their personal religious beliefs, and how conservative such religious beliefs are. The more conservative the respondents, the more harmful they considered extraterrestrial contact to be. Other significant correlation patterns indicate that participants took the view that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence may be futile or even harmful.
Various protocols have been drawn up detailing a course of action for scientists and governments after extraterrestrial contact. Post-detection protocols must address three issues: what to do in the first weeks after receiving a message from an extraterrestrial source; whether or not to send a reply; and analyzing the long-term consequences of the message received. No post-detection protocol, however, is binding under national or international law, and Dominik and Zarnecki consider the protocols likely to be ignored if contact occurs.
The implications of discovery depend very much on the level of aggressiveness of the civilization interacting with humanity, its ethics,] and how much human and extraterrestrial biologies have in common. These factors will govern the quantity and type of dialogue that can take place. The question of whether contact is physical or through electromagnetic waves will also govern the magnitude of the long-term implications of contact.
Baum et al. speculate that highly advanced civilizations are unlikely to come to Earth to enslave humans, as the achievement of their level of advancement would have required them to solve the problems of labor and resources by other means, such as creating a sustainable environment and using mechanized labor. Moreover, humans may be an unsuitable food source for extraterrestrials because of marked differences in biochemistry.
Oh wait, not a Christian apparently. She follows “the teachings of Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth. But” is not Christian.
Quoting from some free press release site:
"But that is where the plot thickens. Because in 1973, on the same day Vorilhon was meeting his aliens in France, another group of Extra-Terrestrials calling themselves ‘Elyonin’ were in Africa, contacting Desiree Ntolo, the author of this book; and telling her that they had come to Earth to warn Humanity about Vorilhon, his alien visitors, and the message those aliens were about to givr Vorilhon…They told her that they, ‘Elyonin’, were the true Creators of Humanity(the name of ‘Elohim’ was given them by the human beings they created, not themselves)… They said they were in fact the ones who did the work described in the Bible; and they too, were asking Desiree to update that story of Creation and tell it to Humanity in today’s language… They told her that the aliens contacting Vorilhon were nothing but ‘Usurpers’ who had first been their political allies, but had fallen out with them prior to the beginning of the Creation expedition to Earth. Also, the work these usurpers do is that of sabotage and hatred. They told her these usurpers were led by Lucifer Satan Belial and Leviathan who are real living Extra-terrestrial beings. Desiree hesitated about writing her story and even talking about her encounter. But Vorilhon rushed and told his story, and founded the Raelian Movement. Now Desiree wants to be heard after seing the extent of harm Vorilhon has done."
What does a UFO cult have in common with the Kony2012 campaigners?
I was looking for coverage of Raelians (the UFO cult), and found this.
Published in Pambazuka News, a pan-African news community: "White saviours, black victims: An old story" (March 21, ‘12)
If we search for commonalities amongst white saviours, predatory religious movements are high on the list, whether evangelicals such as The Call or The Family, or the Raelian UFO cult, founders of Clitoraid. Their story goes like this. The Raelians’s leader was ‘contacted by another planet and asked to establish an embassy to welcome the aliens back to earth’. To this end they are required to build a welcome temple for their returnees from outer space in 2035. Now this costs money, and souls must be found to work towards building the temple and a country to host the embassy. I suspect that the Clitoraid project in Burkina Faso is their cover for establishing this landing spot - I am aware that this sounds like a conspiracy theory but read their mission first.
Which brings me to the second and third commonalities of saviour projects - narcissism and deceit, which can be explicit or implicit or a mix of both. Between 2001 and 2009 over 1000 procedures [IRIN] to repair women’s vaginas and since 2006 over 100 clitoral reconstructions were carried out by Burkina Faso hospitals. So why do the Raelians and Clitoraid choose to spend precious money on building a hospital rather than support the work already being done by local doctors, if not out of their own sense of self-importance and infantalising Africans? On her blog We Save Africa, Wanjiru Kamau-Ruttenberg comments on the lack of full financial disclosure by Clitoraid and their failure to address local cultural issues or carry out an impact study… /—/