Tuesday, April 21, 2020

UFO Abductions

In 1975, a forestry worker in Arizona, Travis Walton, claimed to have been abducted by aliens while 
he was working with a crew. They saw a light in the woods while they were driving, and Walton got 
out and approached it. His story includes waking up in a hospital-like room and being held down by 
small creatures with a “human arrangement of features.” This is the typical alien abduction story; 
most involve some sort of experimentation or torture by little gray men with large eyes. Walton 
describes his experience in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWah_PX7WRE

 There are a variety of reasons why someone would believe they’ve been abducted. First, the 
abductee could be looking to gain something, usually fame or money. In Walton’s case, he received 
both positive and negative attention, but he also wrote a book, which had a film adaptation. I’m sure 
he has made money from his story, but even if that wasn’t his intent, there are other reasons not to 
believe him. 

The evidence for Walton’s story is probably the worst form of evidence for an alien abduction: the 
testimony of one person. Even if the testimony of his crew agreed with his story, the argument is 
barely improved. There is also no physical evidence. Other explanations include sleep paralysis, 
false memories, or drugs (one of the YouTube commenters suggested that he was on acid).

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