Alien Abductions

Alien Abduction Experience, Part 2

What are we to make of alien abduction experiences? Scientific investigation points to a barrage of logical explanations for abnormal sensory experience, from sleep paralysis and temporal lobe anomalies to false memory encoding. Interpret it all within the confines of a sci-fi narrative and you have a revealing, kaleidoscopic view of the 20th century zeitgeist in all its wonder, hope, anxiety and yearning. Join Robert and Christian for this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-part examination of paranormal experience in the space age.

Alien Abduction Experience, Part 1

What are we to make of alien abduction experiences? Scientific investigation points to a barrage of logical explanations for abnormal sensory experience, from sleep paralysis and temporal lobe anomalies to false memory encoding. Interpret it all within the confines of a sci-fi narrative and you have a revealing, kaleidoscopic view of the 20th century zeitgeist in all its wonder, hope, anxiety and yearning. Join Robert and Christian for this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-part examination of paranormal experience in the space age.

From the Vault: Probing Questions about Alien Abduction

When the world skews out of the everyday and becomes something stranger, our brain is left to interpret the data in light of preexisting narratives: elves and goblins, angels and demons... And of course extraterrestrials. So here's one of my favorite topics from the early days of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, all about the many reasons you might THINK an alien abducted you from your bed and put something up your bum.

Alien Abduction & Native American Captivity Tales

My wife audibly rolled her eyes during the trailer for the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" sci-fi flick and after reading an essay in Journal of American Culture by Patricia Felisa Barbeito, I have to admit my head's spinning a bit at the way this particular cultural fear loops back to the American West. As I discuss in the HSW article "What Are UFO's Really" (and this accompanying Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast episode), aliens are ultimately a kind of cultural sock puppet that our mind sheaths over the sort of extraordinary experiences that rock our world views out of whack.

Blow Your Mind: Alien Abduction Encounters and Falling Trees

Thanks to episodes of "Unsolved Mysteries," I spent a chunk of the 1990s fearful of my own inevitable abduction and subsequent probing at the hands of alien beings from another world. I managed to survive the '90s un-abducted and un-probed, but the same can't be said for an alleged 4 million Americans (according to a controversial 1991 Roper poll). So just what is happening? Julie and I dig into the question in this week's podcast main event.