- 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: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,369,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings Hardcover – Sep 23 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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." The biggest selling UFO/Conspiracy/Cover-up book since "Project Blue Book" also by Steiger. I've had the pleasure of meeting people like Sitchin, Marrs, Steiger, Fouche, and Ickes. All who are formidable and have much credibility. And I've met the myriad of UFO/Alien/Cover-up nuts who have published their 'pulp fiction,' under the guise of truth. I have to say, Edgar Fouche is bigger than life, really, he's about 6.6", 260 lbs, lean, mean, has a presence that fills a room, and admirable; quite approachable in his demeanor. His credentials have been investigated by the BBC, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, Rense, MUFON, etc. et. al. and nothing he wrote about in 'Alien Rapture,' or spoke about in his presentations have EVER been proven in error. He is the one who broke the story on the Ultra Top Secret TR-3B flying triangle (Astra).
I searched and read many, many web pages about Steiger-Fouche 'Alien Rapture,' and the author, Edgar Fouche including; startfinish.biz/wise (put in the http and the www) and click on links for Fouche and Flying Triangle. You will find his full presentation.
But last but not least by a mile is Jim Marrs, the author of 'Alien Agenda.' This is the end of my list as the four most credible and important authors and their books on the UFO Cover-up. Read the reviews, study their bios, search the internet and you will see why any serious reader or researcher on the subject will end up with these four books. Not to discount Budd Hopkins important research and writings, but really I had to tell you what I've learned after 20 years of my own reading and researching. Unfortunately, this book by Hopkins could have easily been extrapolated from the four books I've mentioned. So nothing really new. But, hey, buy it anyway; I don't want to dis the author.
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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