People who claim to have been kidnapped by aliens have
a tendency to believe in fantasies and suffer disturbing experiences
in their sleep, scientists have found.
But the researchers
say "abductees" also believe in their experiences so deeply
that they display real stress symptoms similar to those of traumatised
research on the "taken" phenomenon was unveiled at the
annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science in Denver. "This underscores the power of emotional
belief," Professor Richard McNally, from Harvard University,
told the BBC. "If you genuinely believe you've been traumatised
and recall these memories, you'll show the same psycho-physiologic
emotional reactions as people who really have been traumatised."
of a group of abductees speaking about their experiences said: "I've
had several encounters with alien craft and I've had an alien implant
removed from my body." It was typical of the stories they all
had to relate. It is thought there are about four million Americans
who believe they have been abducted by extraterrestrials.
believe this clearly is not true, so why do abductees believe they
have been taken? Professor McNally has found that many of them share
personality traits and sleep disorders. "Most of them had pre-existing
new-age beliefs - they were into bio-energetic therapies, past lives,
astral projection, tarot cards, and so on," he said. "Second,
they have episodes of apparent sleep paralysis accompanied by hallucinations."
experiences usually prompted the individuals to visit therapists,
who would frequently suggest alien abduction as a cause - an explanation
which the abductees readily accepted, he said. Professor McNally
has come up with a rational explanation of alien abduction experiences
which was endorsed by other psychologists in Denver. He said the
individuals conformed to a "common recipe". But the researcher
stressed that many of the people really did believe what they were
saying. In laboratory experiments, individuals were asked to relate
their experiences. These stories were played back to them and their
physical responses recorded. "When a Vietnam vet has his experiences
played back to him in the lab of some combat event, his heart rate
goes up and you see an increase in sweating. If you don't have post-traumatic
stress disorder, you don't react that way. "The heart-rate
responses and sweating responses were at least as great in the alien
abductees when they heard their memories of being taken and molested
by space aliens and subjected to experiments as those of people
with genuine traumatic events."
night belongs to us
Come 10 p.m., whilst the rest of the world prepares to
turn in, we the prowlers are all out for a midnight feast, ready
to chat all night, listen to music or watch movies until the wee
hours of the morning. This is the best time of day, So how come
so many people miss out on it?
What do we
see that others don't as darkness envelops us? Plenty!!! Beautiful
moonlit pathways, quiet streets, creatures out at night in search
of prey, 'interesting' people hanging out at street corners and
tempting aromas from 'saiivar' kades wafting in the air. I mean
what are these so-called 'morning people' thinking?
folk are under the misconception that nighttime is mostly for 'party'
folk. They have no idea how wrong they are. The night has much more
in store for us than just night life. The cool breezes calm our
restless souls, relax our weary bodies and rejuvenate our very being.
The night has
a sense of mystery and adventure all wrapped in one. The thirst
for the unknown overwhelms you. It in turn challenges you to go
against the norm and break free. The free spirit in you is rekindled.
Take for instance
last weekend when we went on a trip upcountry, with a combination
of both night and (unfortunately) morning people. Whilst us wise
night birds were up all night, on the porch, in the freezing cold,
those poor unfortunate souls were tucked up in their beds, fast
asleep. We played cards, had a sing-song, chatted until we couldn't
say a word more, played all sorts of creative games (mainly inspired
by the night, of course) and fell asleep finally at a 'so called'
we know that we'd be up again within two hours of falling asleep
due to the annoying habit the morning people have of waking up at
the crack of dawn. So, there we were, barely amongst the living,
trying to make some sense of the mirth shared amidst those who had
had more than their fair share of sleep (to be precise
than two hours of sleep!!!!) Due to our good temperaments though,
we forgave and they survived
I'm told, by
a morning lover, that she enjoys waking up with the birds and listening
to the refreshing sounds of nature. Who wants to listen to some
stupid creatures who wake up way too early and rouse us all in the
process? Although it's accepted that birdsong is beautiful, why
can't they all be like the nightingale and sing at twilight?
reports say that night people are far saner than the morning people.
Take the case of one of our friends. She gets up at the break of
dawn and mows the lawn, in the process waking up most of us. Insane
We have to
admit that we cannot really not have morning people cos' who would
have our breakfast made when we get up in the late afternoon after
a night of prowling? But, please keep us away from those who are
so chirpy and cheery they make us want to crawl straight back into
bed. Do we ever go around waking people up? No. We are more caring
all these people are missing. The star formations that are both
mesmerizing and romantic. There is the ancient saying the stars
tell us our future. Well, guess which bunch of people will never
know what they are headed for. They would never know what it is
to look up to the sky and see a meteor shower or the thrill you
feel to suddenly see a shooting star and make a wish. You sure don't
get them in the morning.
of the night carry with them their own uniqueness. The bats for
one; think about it
they are the only mammals that can fly.
They are also blind but they still manage to find their way around.
Ah! The wonders of nature at night time.
If not for
us night folks, think about the businesses that would go broke.
No more people at parties, no more people at restaurants. This would
seriously affect the economy now, wouldn't it?
As they say
if you can't beat em', join em'. So many do see the light, (not
of day) and finally realize what they are missing out on. So feel
free to join us, all you unenlightened beings of the morn!!!