[From Bruce Gregory (980311.1418 EST)]
Are alien abductions "real"? They are certainly real as far as
the abductees are concerned. They are not real as far as most
of the rest us are concerned. What showed up in some people's
worlds as the experience of being abducted by the crew of a
UFO, shows up in many more people's worlds quite differently.
Arguments about who is right in such cases do not seem to lead
to many folks changing their worldviews. Changing someone
else's worldview is certainly one of the more difficult
projects one can undertake. Part of the reason seems to be that
most of us identify who we are with our view of the world.
Deciding that you are willing to change your worldview is a
giant step that few seem willing to take.