In his non-fiction book Missing Time Budd Hopkins describes and explores several cases of alien abductions, focusing on seven of them. What strikes me the most is how well documented everything is, and what a cautious and rational approach he and other paranormal investigators have to all this. It’s just as much a study in good methodology, as in alien abductions. Anyone claiming he is asking leading questions is clearly not very rational at all.
He and J. Allan Hynek and many others clearly reveal themselves as trained and laid-back psychic investigators, not sensationalists or quacks.
You see, the thing with the UFO-experience and other paranormal events is that they are often confirmed by many people, who have, independently of each other experienced and witnessed the same events. They don’t know the other witnesses and may live far away from them, but still give many of the same details, details different from the general, well-known stories.
Contrary to common opinion, also among people calling themselves scientist the UFO-experience isn’t anything new. It has happened during the entire human history, easy recognizable in primitive legends and religious texts. The modern abductions and sightings started during the eighteen nineties and have continued throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Budd Hopkins wrote:
It is ironic but true that the very possibility of an extraterrestrial cause works against scientific interest in the UFO phenomenon. All of our thinking, all of our boundaries are anthropomorphically determined. Science is based upon human intelligence dealing with the empirical world. The nature of other possibly "superior" but surely different intelligences studying us is literally ungraspable. The whole business, potentially, is nothing less than a second, more devastating Copernican revolution, and none of us, scientist or not, can ever truly be prepared for that. And, of course, anyone who wishes can deliberately ignore all the photographic evidence, the written reports and radar contacts, and so on, and simply take refuge in the fact that, so far as we know, the one piece of evidence we are lacking is the central one — we don't have a captured UFO parked somewhere as the final, invincible clincher, the corpus delicti. As a friend of mine once said to me, "I believe they're up there all right, but I won't be content till I kick the tires on one of them."
I disagree slightly with him here. I believe firmly that the United States government has at least one «flying saucer» stacked at «Area 51» or elsewhere and that other governments may have one or two as well.
There is quite a bit of evidence for that, too. The saucer crashing at Roswell didn’t just disappear.
But I agree that the ultimate proof isn’t present in the public eye.
There are many quacks and attention-seekers out there, but that shouldn’t be used as an argument against the extensive body of evidence that is also out there.
I think the «UFO-phenomenon» is many things, mostly the pervasive presence of extra-terrestrials, but also possible time-travel and inter-dimensional visitors and other related and unrelated paranormal «phenomena».
It isn’t modern folklore, isn’t confabulation, isn’t false memories, isn’t multiple personality disorder or similar pseudo-scientific «explanations». It is clear to those who have truly studied this for a while, for decades that the attempts at explaining away the UFO experience and other paranormal events use far-fetched and weak arguments, bordering on the ridiculous.
Yes, I have been abducted myself, but my experience isn’t really that much different from most others, so there is no need to describe it here. I will probably publish the story one day, anyway.
Budd Hopkins died last year, leaving a stunning legacy and true contribution to mankind.
Missing Time by Budd Hopkins (Richard Marek Pubs 1981 ISBN-10: 0399901027)
Hopkins also has a great list of suggested further reading at the back of his book.