Arxiu del mes: març 2018

Visió expansiva de la realitat

dissabte, 31/03/2018
La reproducció d’aquest material es fa amb propòsit educatiu, d’anàlisi o de crítica i comentari, segons la Clàusula d’Ús Just continguda en l’Acta dels Drets de Reproducció i Còpia de 1976.

“I cannot comment directly on what was said in the Psychology Today article, for, like many people in this and related fields, the distortions of positions and outright misquoting is so rampant in most mainstream articles on these subjects that it is impossible to “set the record straight.” It may be unwise to give interviews at all, but there is always the hope that something useful may get across — the reporters always assure you of their openness (they may be sometimes; editors and executives is another matter). There is also the damned-if-you-do damned-if-you-don’t problem: if you give an interview you’re likely to get distorted or boxed by a twisting context; if you don’t they sometimes get downright nasty.

© 2003 John E. Mack, M.D. (més…)

REDEFINIR la realitat

divendres, 30/03/2018

Per John Mack calia redefinir el propi concepte de realitat. “Les assumpcions seculars sobre la realitat dominants durant la meva formació universitària eren, de fet, una gran il·lusió, una superstició materialista que ha mantingut el pensament occidental encallat i empresonat durant els últims 300 anys. Com responen a aquests fenòmens els guardians del moribund paradigma tradicional? Molts bramulen que és pseudociència“, sentenciava.



Si admetem que les persones han viscut un succés real -alguna cosa que John Mack donava per fet, però la majoria dels seus col·legues no-, alguna cosa que entra en la nostra realitat tridimensional sense formar totalment part d’ella, sorgeixen preguntes com: Quin tipus de realitat és aquesta? D’on vénen aquests éssers? Quina és la seva relació amb el diví o el demoníac? Són entitats o formes d’energia que es manifesten en el nostre món, però procedeixen d’un altre univers o dimensió?”, escrivia  el 2002 en Oberlin Alumni Magazine.

A hundred people at least

dijous, 29/03/2018

In this Television footage, Dr Mack is joined by some of his patients to discuss Alien Abduction with Oprah Winfrey and her audience.

He said it was his publisher’s publicist who urged him to appear on “Oprah” and “Larry King Live.” “I’ve been criticized for it. But on the other hand, this is a matter that is important to the public at large as well as the professional community,” he said.

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Larry King on CNN

dimecres, 28/03/2018

In the couple of years prior to his retirement, Larry King dedicated a handful of hard-hitting programs to the UFO/ET subject. Way back in 1994, on CNN’s “Larry King Live”, King interviewed Dr. John Mack who was accompanied by abductee Mary Oscarson.

Gairebé la meitat dels humans creuen en la vida alienígena i voldrien contactar amb éssers d’altres planetes segons va revelar un sondeig realitzat en 24 països per Glocalities.
El 47 per cent de més de 26.000 persones consultades creu “en l’existència de civilitzacions extraterrestres intel·ligents en l’univers”, mentre que un 61 per cent va respondre “sí” a la pregunta sobre si creien que hi havia “alguna forma de vida en altres planetes”.
Les persones que creuen en l’existència de civilitzacions alienígenes intel·ligents no són, doncs, una minoria marginal.

Transcending the Dualistic Mind

dimarts , 27/03/2018

John Mack is certainly not the first noted psychologist to investigate reported experiences with aliens. Carl Jung’s monograph “Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies” reported on his analysis of the “voluminous dossier” he began accumulating in 1946 .

(“John Mack’s Abductees” by Stephen Rae, New York Times).


Tot alhora, duració: 02:02:54


Dr John Mack did not believe that alien abductions were simply hoaxes, delusions and hallucinations. Based on his work counselling abductees, Mack arrived at the astounding conclusion that this was a phenomenon which was ‘real’, but which didn’t so much have its basis in the physical universe as Henry Corbin’s “imaginal realms“, accessible only through a widening of conscious perception. This hypothesis is in stark opposition to the current scientific paradigm, which is based on the mechanistic assumption that consciousness is a by-product of a physical brain.


Interview with John Mack

dilluns, 26/03/2018

NOVA(1) interview with John Mack, Psychiatrist, Harvard University: From skepticism to belief
14 Sep 2009,

NOVA: Let’s talk about your own personal evolution from perhaps skepticism to belief …

MACK: When I first encountered this phenomenon, or particularly even before I had actually seen the people themselves, I had very little place in my mind to take this seriously. I, like most of us, were raised to believe that if we were going to discover other intelligence, we’d do it through radio waves or through signals or something of that kind.

The idea that we could be reached by some other kind of being, creature, intelligence that could actually enter our world and have physical effects as well as emotional effects, was simply not part of the world view that I had been raised in. So that I came very reluctantly to the conclusion that this was a true mystery. In other words, that I—I did everything I could to rule out other sources, or sexual abuse. Some of these people are abused. But they’re able to tell, distinguish clearly the abduction trauma from other forms of abuse. Some forms of psychosis or people making up stories—I could reject that on the basis that there was no gain in this for the vast majority of these people.

…. I’ve now worked with over a hundred experiencers intensively. Which involves an initial two-hour or so screening interview before I do anything else. And in case after case after case, I’ve been impressed with the consistency of the story, the sincerity with which people tell their stories, the power of feelings connected with this, the self-doubt—all the appropriate responses that these people have to their experiences. (més…)

Corina Saebels (Intergeneracional)

diumenge, 25/03/2018

El juliol de 1991, Corina Saebels, una mare soltera amb dos fills, veu una enorme nau espacial que flota sobre la seva casa a Aldergrove, a la Colúmbia Britànica.


Quan es va assabentar pel seu amic que havia desaparegut més de 45 minuts, temps que no va saber (més…)

No és un pop: és l’Unipop

dissabte, 24/03/2018
Màxim Serranos Soler | Luxemburg


En més d’una ocasió m’he referit en termes elogiosos a la filmoteca de Luxemburg, anomenada Cinémathèque. En la mateixa línia, avui explico una iniciativa d’aquesta indispensable institució: la universitat popular del cinema, també anomenada “Unipop”. Enguany arriba a la vuitena edició i aconsegueix una fita desconeguda en anys anteriors: que hi participi jo.


Lifting “truth embargo”

divendres, 23/03/2018
PUBLISHED: Fri, Feb 9, 2018

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin could be the man to make world history by announcing intelligent aliens exist and have visited Earth, a conspiracy theorist has claimed after spending a week in Moscow calling on the Kremlin to acknowledge extraterrestrials.

The Paradigm Research Group (PRG) based in the US believes an unproven conspiracy theory that world powers are concealing a massive secret that intelligent aliens regularly visit Earth and work with governments under top-secret projects.Steve Bassett, PRG founder, is the only registered lobbyist in the US on the issue of so-called alien disclosure.However, he does not believe Donald Trump is the man to tell the world the truth and headed to Russia to try to push for Mr Putin to take the lead.US citizen, Mr Bassett, spent a week in Russia trying to convince Mr Putin of the importance of lifting an alleged “truth embargo” that he claims stops world leaders telling the public the truth about aliens.


Mr Bassett believes the alleged embargo has been in place since at least 1947 when a flying saucer allegedly crash landed at Roswell, New Mexico.He was interviewed for a Russian documentary during his visit, and has now released unedited clips from the interview.Mr Bassett told REN TV: “I have specifically brought up my intrigue as to why Putin did not take this legacy in the 26 years since the end of the Cold War and make the announcement to be the disclosure president.”I sort of understand, but given that the nation and head of state that makes the first official confirmation of the ET presence, that nation will immediately move to the centre of the stage.
“If I had two minutes with Putin, my only question would be why do you not tell people about the ET presence. I believe Vladimir Putin is well aware of the ET presence.”While in Moscow, Mr Bassett also held meetings with a number of groups addressing alleged extraterrestrial phenomena in Russia. These groups included a number of former Soviet and Russian military and agency officials.Mr Bassett said: “There has always been a considerable, open engagement of extraterrestrial related phenomena within Russia and the Soviet Union by the public and the government.”

A PRG statement said: “In the full interview held at REN TV’s studio Bassett covered a broad range of topics including various considerations that might prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the first formal acknowledgment by a head of state regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

“In this regard the interview was unprecedented as it is the first time anyone has made this argument on Russian media inside or outside Russia.”PRG has repeatedly stated in American media that Vladimir Putin is the most likely head of state at this time to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence and provide new evidence from Russian military sources to back up the announcement.

“Should that happen the geopolitical consequences for the United States would be considerable.”


Alien Thinking

dijous, 22/03/2018
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John Mack, Copyright Stuart Conway

by Angela HindBBC News, June 8, 2005.

”Not many scientists are prepared to take tales of alien abduction seriously, but John Mack, a Harvard professor who was killed in a road accident in north London last year, did. Ten years on from a row which nearly lost him his job, hundreds of people who claim they were abducted still revere him. Professor John E Mack was an eminent Harvard psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Pulitzer Prize winner whose clinical work had focused on explorations of dreams, nightmares and adolescent suicide. Then, in 1990, he turned the academic community upside down because he wanted to publish his research in which he said that people who claimed they had been abducted by aliens, were not crazy at all. Their experiences, he said, were genuine. They were not mentally ill or delusional, he said, and it was the responsibility of academicians and psychiatrists not only to take what they said seriously, but to try to understand exactly what that experience was. And if reality as we know it was unable to take these experiences into serious consideration then what was needed was a change in our perception of reality.“What are the other possibilities?” said Mack. “Dreams, for instance, do not behave like that. They are highly individual depending on what’s going on in your sub-conscious at the time.“I would never say, yes, there are aliens taking people. [But] I would say there is a compelling powerful phenomenon here that I can’t account for in any other way, that’s mysterious. Yet I can’t know what it is but it seems to me that it invites a deeper, further inquiry.


For many people who claimed they had been abducted, John Mack was a lifeline. He worked with more than 200 of them, including professionals, psychologists, writers, students and business people.

Many had never told anyone else of their experiences apart from Mack for fear of ridicule from colleagues, friends and family. Here at last was a highly respected psychiatrist who was not only prepared to listen – but also take what they were saying seriously.

An abductee – or “experiencer” as they prefer to be known – says that alien encounters begin most commonly in their homes and at night. It can however happen anytime, anywhere. They say they are unable to move; they become extremely hot and then appear to float through solid objects, which their logical mind tells them can’t be happening.

Usually the experiencer says they are accompanied by one or two or more humanoid beings who guide them to a ship. They are then subjected to procedures in which instruments are used to penetrate virtually every part of their bodies, including the nose, sinuses, eyes, arms – abdomen and genitalia. Sperm samples are taken and women have fertilised eggs implanted or removed.

Hybrid offspring

“Have I questioned my own sanity”? says Peter Faust an experiencer and close friend of John Mack’s. “Absolutely, every day to a certain degree because the majority of the world says you’re crazy for having these experiences. But if it was just me who had contact with aliens, who had intimate experience with female aliens and producing hybrid offspring, I would say I’m certifiable, put me away, I’m crazy.

“And that’s how I felt when I initially had these experiences. My wife thought I’d lost it. But then I began to look at the experience outside myself and realised that hundreds if not thousands of people reported that exact same experience. And that gave me sanity. That gave me hope. I knew I couldn’t be fantasising this.”

The whole experience is often accompanied by a change in the experiencer’s understanding of humanity’s place in the universe. And it was this that forced Mack to question who we are in the deepest and broadest sense.

“I have come to realise this abduction phenomenon forces us, if we permit ourselves to take it seriously, to re-examine our perception of human identity – to look at who we are from a cosmic perspective,” he said.

Extraordinary work

In 1990 John Mack’s book Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens was published. It shot to the top of the best sellers list and John Mack appeared on radio and television programmes. Harvard decided enough was enough.

Mack was sent a letter informing him that there was to be an inquiry into his research on alien abductions. It was the first time in Harvard’s history that a tenured professor was subjected to such an investigation. John Mack decided to fight back and hired a lawyer, Eric MacLeish.

“It was appalling that John had to go through this,” says MacLeish now. “And we made it clear that if we were to have a full blown trial here, then we were going to have a very public trial and call on everyone who worked with John – all of whom had nothing but praise for his extraordinary work and dedication to his patients – and I don’t think that’s what Harvard had in mind at all.”

There followed 14 months of stressful and bitter negotiations. “They tried to criticise me, silence me – by saying that by supporting the truth of what these people were experiencing, possibly I was confirming them in a distortion, or a delusion. So instead of being a good psychiatrist and curing them, I was by taking them seriously, confirming them in a delusion and harming them,” said Mack.

The inquiry made front page headlines all over the world and eventually Harvard dropped the case and a statement was issued reaffirming Mack’s academic freedom to study what he wished and concluding that he “remains a member in good standing of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine”.

He continued to work and write. But Mack was killed in a car collision last year in north London after leaving a Tube station. He was visiting the city to deliver a lecture on the subject which had won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1977, T E Lawrence.

But Mack’s work lives on with an institute which now bears his name; the hundreds of people who count themselves in “the experiencer community” still hold him in particular affection.

His search for an expanded notion of reality, which allows for experiences that might not fit traditional perceptions and worldviews, is one they, at least, will be hoping continues.

The above article is based upon a BBC Radio 4 documentary about John Mack, Abduction, Alienation and Reason, originally broadcast on Wednesday night June 8, 2005 on BBC Radio 4 at 2100 BST. (The broadcast is substantially longer, and different, than the above article).


por Angela HindBBC News, June 8, 2005
Spanish Translation by Carlos Huby.

”No muchos científicos están preparados para tomarse las historias acerca de abducciones extraterrestres en serio. Pero John Mack, un professor de Harvard, quién pereció a causa de un accidente automobilístico al Norte de Londres, el año pasado, sí . En diez años, en los que casi pierde su trabajo, cientos de personas que clamaban haber sido abducidas, todavía lo reverencian. El Profesor John E. Mack fue un eminente psiquiatra de Harvard; psicoanalista y ganador del Premio Pulitzer. Su trabajo clínico se había enfocado en la interpretación de los sueños, pesadillas y el suicidio adolescente. Luego en 1990, puso a la comunidad académica de cabeza porque quizo publicar sus investigaciones las que indicaban que las personas quienes habían sido raptadas por extraterrestres, no estaban locas. Sus experiencias, según él, eran genuinas. No eran enfermos mentales, ni deliraban, decía, y era la responsabilidad de los académicos y psiquatras, de no sólo tomar lo que ellos decían en serio, sino tratar de entender exactamente lo que eran aquellas experiencias. Si al conocer la realidad como la entendemos y no somos capaces de tomar estas experiencias en consideración, entonces lo que se necesita es cambiar nuestra percepción de la realidad.“¿Cuáles son las otras posibilidades?” decia Mack. “Los sueños, por ejemplo, no se comportan de esa forma. Se comportan particularmente dependiendo de lo que esté pasando en tu subconsciente en ese momento”.“Nunca diría, sí, hay extraterrestres raptando personas. [Pero] sí diría que hay un fenómeno muy poderoso, que no se le puede abordar de otra forma y que es misterioso. Aún no sé lo que es, pero invita a una investigación más profunda”.

Salva Vidas: Para muchas personas que dicen haber sido abducidas, John Mack fue un salva vidas. El trabajo con mas de 200 de ellos, incluyó profesionales, psicólogos, escritores, estudiantes y empresarios.

Muchos nunca habían contado sus historias a nadie mas, por miedo a ser ridiculizados por sus colegas, amigos y la familia. Es allí que al fin, había un respetado psiquiatra quien no sólo estaba preparado para escuchar – pero también para tomar lo que estaban diciendo en serio.

Un abducido – o “experimentador” como prefieren que se les llame – dice que los encuentros extraterrestres empiezan comunmente en sus casas, de noche. Aunque puede ocurrir a cualquier hora y en cualquier lugar. Ellos dicen que son incapaces de moverse; que sienten mucho calor y después flotan a través de objetos solidos; mientras sus mentes les advierten que eso no puede estar sucediendo.

Usualmente el experiementador dice que es acompañado por uno, dos o mas seres humanoides quienes los guían hacia una nave. Luego son sometidos a procedimentos en los cuales instrumentos son utilizados para penetrar virtualmente cualquier parte de sus cuerpos, incluyendo la nariz, los senos paranasales, los ojos, los brazos – abdomen y los genitales. Muestras de esperma son tomados de los hombres, mientras que a las mujeres se les implantan o remueven óvulos fertilizados.

Descendencia híbrida: “¿Que si he cuestionado mi cordura”? dice Peter Faust un experimentador y amigo cercano de John Mack. “Absolutamente, cada día hasta cierto límite, por que la mayor parte del mundo dice que estoy loco por tener estas experiencias. Pero si fuera sólo yo, quien tuviese contacto con extraterrestres, quien tuviese estas experiencias íntimas con mujeres extraterrestres y produciendo descendientes híbridos, diría mandeme al manicomio que estoy loco”.

“Y así me sentí al principio, cuando tuve estas experiencias. Mi esposa pensó que estaba loco. Pero luego empecé a darme cuenta que cientos o miles de personas habían reportado tener casi las mismas experiencias. Y eso me devolvió la cordura. Eso me dió esperanza. Y supe que no estaba fantaseando todo esto”.

Toda la experiencia está casi siempre acompañada por un cambio en el entendimiento del experimentador, acerca del lugar que ocupa la humanidad en el universe, y esto hizo que Mack se preguntara quienes somos en un sentido más amplio y profundo.

“Me he dado cuenta que el fenómeno de la abducción nos obliga, si lo tomamos en serio, a re-examinar nuestra percepción de la identidad humana -para ver quienes somos desde una perspectiva cósmica,” dijo él.

Trabajo Extraordinario: En 1990, el libro de John Mack titulado Abducción: Encuentros Humanos con Extraterrestres fue publicado [Edición en Español publicado en Buenos Aires con el título Contactos: 13 casos reles de secuestros por extraterrestres]. Se disparó hasta los primeros lugares de la lista de libros más vendidos y John Mack apareció en programas de radio y televisión. Y Harvard decidió que todo esto era demasiado.

Le enviaron una carta a Mack informándole que habría una investigación sobre su trabajo relacionado con las abduciones extraterrestres. Era la primera vez en la historia de Harvard que un profesor con tenencia se le abría una investigación. John Mack decidió pelear y contrató un abogado, su nombre, Eric MacLeish.

“Fue muy duro para John pasar por esto” dice MacLeish ahora. “ Y pusimos bien en claro que si nos íbamos a juicio, pues íbamos a tener uno muy público y llamaríamos a todos los que trabajaron con John – quienes no tienen nada mas que admiración por su extraordinaria labor y por su dedicación a sus pacientes – y no creo que eso, Harvard se lo tenía pensado”.

Siguieron 14 meses de estresantes y amargas negociaciones. “Ellos trataron de criticarme, silenciarme – argumentado que al sustentar como verdaderas las experiencias de estas personas, posiblemente las estaba validando como parte de una distorción o una alucinación. Que en vez de ser un buen psiquiatra y sanarlos, los estaba tomando en serio, comfirmando un engaño y haciéndoles daño,” dijo Mack.

La investigación apareció en las primeras planas de todo el mundo y eventualmente Harvard desestimó el caso. Se hizo un anuncio reafirmando la libertad académica de Mack de estudiar lo que el deseara, concluyendo que él “permanece como miembro honorable de la Facultad de Medicina de Harvard”.

El continuó trabajando y escribiendo. Mack murió en un accidente automovilístico el año pasado al norte de Londres después de salir de una estación de televisión. Estaba visitando la ciudad para dar una conferencia acerca del tema que le había dado el Premio Pulitzer en 1977, T. E. Lawrence.

El trabajo de Mack permanece vivo a través del Instituto que aún lleva su nombre; los cientos de personas que son parte de “la comunidad de experimentadores” le tienen un afecto particular.

Esa búsqueda por una noción más amplia de la realidad, la cual permite a los experimentadores, quienes no encajan con las percepciones tradicionales, es algo que ellos esperan que continúe.

Aquest article està basat en un documental de la BBC Radio 4 titulat “John Mack, Abducció, Alienació i la Raó” transmès la nit del Dimecres, 8 de Juny del 2005 .