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Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings Hardcover – Sep 23 2003

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743412184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743412186
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,086,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rather than discrediting UFO abduction stories, recent scientific developments make them increasingly plausible, argues this intriguing volume. Hopkins (Intruders) and documentary filmmaker Rainey touch on everything from mind control to teleportation, but focus on two areas of progress that they say give clues as to how and why UFOs abduct their victims. The first is invisibility, now almost feasible on earth via NASA's "adaptive camouflage" technologies and presumably old hat for space-traveling extraterrestrials, which, they say, explains why abductions so often go unnoticed. The second is the burgeoning field of genetic and reproductive engineering, whose methods resemble the medical procedures that those who claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials report they experienced. The resulting "transgenic" offspring can pass for human while serving the aliens, the authors argue, and nonhuman beings live among us, often distinguishable by their social unease and unfashionable clothes. The authors invoke everything from quantum mechanics to parallel universes to lend a scientific aura to their theories, but the operative paradigm behind UFO phenomena seems not so much physics as psychoanalysis, with alien abductions playing roughly the same all-purpose explanatory role as the Oedipal conflict. This becomes clear in the many riveting first-hand accounts of abductions, in which abductees evoke an inchoate, Kafkaesque sense of anxiety and misplaced reality that resolves itself, under hypnosis, into the harrowing specifics of psycho-sexual trauma at the hands of little gray men. Full of subtle, naturalistic detail and dense, complex, novelistic portraits of transgenic characters, these stories demonstrate that the folklore of UFO abductions-ostensibly about aliens but perhaps really about alienation-has developed into one of the richest psychological literatures of our time. Photos.
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Whitley Strieber"Sight Unseen" is truly extraordinary, by far the most powerful and convincing book about the abduction phenomenon ever written. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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WHEN DETAILS OF THE FIRST thoroughly investigated UFO abduction report-the now famous Betty and Barney Hill case-came to wide public attention in 1966, researchers made several deductions about the aliens' modus operandi. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I read the review titled, 'Most Significant Book Written in the 21st Century; by Carol Donahue from Amherst, NY, I really had to laugh.
Like Whit-lie a.k.a. the horror novelist, Strieber, Hopkins really has to reach and stretch to reach the conclusions he reaches. But at least he isn't smoking weed and dreaming up stories like Whit-lie. I like Budd, enjoy his books, and even give him a modicum of respect.
But seriously, if you want to know what's really going on, want to find some filament of truth in all the USO/Alien books, then you have to read something credible like "Unconventional Flying Objects, by Dr. Paul Hill. A NASA scientist who investigated UFOs for 30 years, all under the cloak of National Security, all the while NASA stated over and over, 'we don't investigate UFOs'. He couldn't publish his decades of notes, they were all classified Top Secret. But his brilliant, heroine daughter, sent them to a publisher after his death, and WOW, they came out in 'Unconventional Flying Objects.' The definitive book on UFO characteristics, science, and technology. The Bible!
Or take Colonel Philip Corso's 'The Day After Roswell.' A man who served on presidential staffs, a man who swore under oath that what he wrote was true, a man who met his demise prematurely and mysteriously. The highest ranking military officer to admit part in the UFO/Alien cover-up. His credentials are long and factual. His book, although shocking and almost unbelievable, is revealing and a key piece of the puzzle. Another must read. Have you heard of the 'Disclosure Project,' or the book 'Connecting the Dots?' Just feeding your curiosity..........
And while we're at it, what about Edgar Fouche and Brad Steiger's "Alien Rapture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Hall on Feb. 20 2004
Format: Hardcover
Speaking as an informed participant in UFO studies, I find this book highly remarkable in many respects. Most importantly of all, it confronts the hardcore data of UFO reports head-on in a rational discussion of what MAY be involved. The attempt is to bridge the gap between what Science Knows (or thinks it knows) and what credible people continue to report, though we may not like what we are hearing, and "Science" continues to turn a blind eye to the data. I have the highest regard for the authors, and heartily recommend this book to serious thinkers on the subject. It is not easy reading, and therefore all the more remarkable that a major publisher would have the good sense (or chutzpah) to publish it. The book raises issues that are of paramount importance, and it deserves to be read carefully and thoughtfully.
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By A Customer on April 27 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read my share of UFO/abductee books, and as they go, this one is middle of the pack. There's some interesting stories about seemingly human looking aliens living among us, but overall, I didn't find my mind stretched all that much. And the chapters that attempt to explain all this within human science are a "nice try" at best. Considering we may be hundreds of years behind the aliens, it's like 13th century scholars trying to explain the workings of an atom bomb -- they simply don't have the framework for understanding what's happening.
Here and there the book touches on this -- that maybe aliens are actually from other dimensions, that maybe time doesn't exist in the way we think it does -- which means most of the book's Earthly explanations for abductions are going to be wrong.
Another thing that bugged me was that every abduction case in this book is exclusively devoted to alien hybrids and medical examinations. Yet from the multitude of other abductee books I've read, it seems clear there's a LOT more going on than just that. So why does Hopkins choose to only focus on the medical ones?
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By Craig Lang on Nov. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book offers what is at once a concrete view into the scientific plausibility of the UFO/CE4 phenomenon, a chilling view of what the phenomenon seems to be doing, and a potential ray of understanding (and perhaps hope - though, this is MY take on it) at why this is perhaps being undertaken.
In "Sight Unseen" Hopkins and Rainey begin with an examination of several cases in Budd's case file. These are fascinating glimpses into the effect of the phenomenon on our consensus reality - specifically, the idea of temporary invisibility.
These cases are fascinating enough, but they are just the beginning. Hopkins and Rainey then go on to explore another fascinating aspect of the phenomenon that has to-date been largely ignored in the UFO literature - that of human-appearing beings that seem to be moving about among us.
In "Sight Unseen" Hopkins/Rainey present some fascinating cases in which apparently "transgenic" beings have appeared in the lives of experiencers. In one case, a character named "Mr Page" lived with an experiencer family for many years. The primary witness in the case, an experiencer with the psuedonym of "Anne-Marie" had a close familial relationship with him for nearly all of that time - about 15 years. It seems to be, on the surface, a very positive relationship. Yet it has it's definite undertones of non-positivity - especially when the would describe how "Mr Page" would take Anne-Marie on "nature hikes", of which she remembers very little. In hypnotic trance, references to these apparent missing-time periods engendered powerful emotional responses. This is similar to the emotional responses which experiencers often have when viewing their childhood "secret friend" in hypnotic trance.
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