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Arguing with aliens

How can we explain the ubiquity of alien abduction claims and other paranormal phenomena? AC Grayling is a philosopher who believes that science can explain both the stories and why some people need to believe them

By AC Grayling   May 1998

Jason’s house is flooded by a brilliant white light. The dogs growl and stir uneasily. Later, they and all members of the household fall into a profound slumber. When they wake, Jason is nowhere to be found; a search finds him in a nearby locked barn, asleep. On being roused he weeps, saying that he had been taken by strange creatures who rose from the floor of his bedroom and took him away to their spaceship.

This tale is told by Ann Andrews and Jean Ritchie in Abducted. They tell us that Jason Andrews, now a teenager, has been the…

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