The Alien Deception

Nigel Watson

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The Alien Deception.My latest book The Alien Deception is now available on the Amazon US or Amazon UK website. Here is what it's all about:

The Alien Deception

An Exploration of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon

Since the 1960s thousands of people throughout the world have reported being abducted by aliens. They report being taken in broad daylight or at night. Some say they were simply looked at by seemingly alien beings, while others say they were horribly examined.

At times, after such encounters, the abductee has little conscious recollection of these events, and usually through nightmares, flashbacks and hypnosis they eventually learn more.

Some abductees even believe they have been used as part of a breeding project to create hybrid alien/humans. Almost all are truly bewildered by their experiences.

Ultimately, alien abductions make us consider fundamental questions about our place in the universe and our future evolution as a species.

Are abductions real events that have momentous consequences for the whole of humanity or are they the product of rumour, psychosis, hoaxes, media hype and sensationalism?

Is there a grand Alien Deception manipulating our minds and our governments or are we deceiving ourselves?

Nigel Watson's groundbreaking exploration of alien abductions takes a comprehensive look at the reports by the earliest abductees (such as Betty and Barney Hill), right up to the latest encounters.

Watson considers the possible historical, paranormal, extraterrestrial, psychological and media influences that might help explain the origin of these reports.

Reviews of the Book

Howard Schumann writes:

I found it to be an interesting and very comprehensive survey of the Hill Case and the general topic of UFO sightings, contactee experiences, alien abductions, and possible explanations of same. I think we can both agree that this is a very elusive phenomenon which lacks any simple explanation. I’m afraid, however, that to me the psychosocial explanation seems to be the weakest.

What is true about the phenomenon is that it is illogical and cannot be analyzed scientifically. To conclude from that fact, however, that it is a manifestation of a psychological aberration of some sort makes little sense. The Air Force conducted a 22-year investigation of UFOs, ordered their pilots to track them on radar and to shoot them down while at the same time denying their existence. For many years the pilots were scrambled without warning, and immediately ordered to fire. It still goes on. Despite Air Force denials, FAA radar records showed conclusively that jets rose to meet the objects that appeared over Stephenville, Texas in 2008, so it can be assumed that, at the very least, the Air Force continues to defend its "airspace". Who’s kidding whom?

You can question the veracity of those who report sightings, question their sanity, integrity, or character to your hearts content but the truth is that no one who was not shaken to their very core by what they have seen would venture forth to report the event because most of the reporting on this subject by the mainstream media holds those who claim to have seen UFOs up to ridicule.

Almost 50 percent of Americans, according to recent polls, and millions of people elsewhere in the world believe that UFOs are real. For many it is a deeply held belief. For decades there have been sightings of UFOs by millions and millions of people and it has shown no inclination to go away and in fact is more widespread than ever before. Entire cities have recently witnessed the phenomenon (for example, Phoenix Lights).

I do not know if the abduction experience is a physical experience or a holographic projection or something else but it is definitely a real and very traumatizing event for people. As I see it the psychosocial explanation is simplistic and ignores the whole question of purpose, yet the literal explanation that they are extraterrestrial craft from an advanced planet seems just as simplistic. I do not know the answer to what lies behind the phenomenon as I do not know what lies behind the phenomena of crop circles but neither of these can be ignored or wished away as a psychological aberration when millions of people have been involved all over the world over a period of fifty plus years. What I do feel is that there is a purpose to these events and they have to do with the future of humanity in a way that has not yet become clear but will become so in a short time.


This one is by Peter Rogerson published on the Magonia Blog website:

The Alien Deception, A Magonian Viewpoint

Nigel Watson. The Alien Deception: an Exploration of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon. Youwriteon, 2009. Reviewed by Peter Rogerson.

The sensation-seeking reader who is beguiled by the title into thinking that this book is promoting some sort of extraterrestrial conspiracy theory will be sadly disappointed, for it is a detailed and sober analysis of the rise of the abduction myth.

Nigel starts with the Hill abduction, and then draws in the various threads which led to it. He chronicles the rise of beliefs in extraterrestrial flying saucers, the rise of the idea of contacting their pilots in the contactees and contactee groups of the 1950s, and the gradual rise of the abduction stories.

He sees predecessors of these in the airship tales of the late 19th and early 20th centuries (a subject of which he has made a special study), when tales of encounters and in some cases abductions by airship crews developed. These themes developed through popular culture, particularly film (Nigel in another incarnation is a film critic). But they are also based on other themes which Nigel examines in great detail, the idea of being taken by the ‘other’ in fairy-lore, where tales continue into the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Nigel gives some examples of these. There also roots in what were known as captivity narratives, tales told by ‘survivors’ of capture exotic human groups (Native Americans in America, Barbary pirates in Europe). Through this weaving, rather than a straightforward chronological narrative, Nigel shows how all these themes influenced one another and gave rise to the modern corpus.

Nigel examines these modern stories, and notes that that is exactly what they are, stories, often fashioned by third parties such as abduction hunters out of masses of confused "testimony" often produced under hypnotic regression. Of actual hard evidence there is none (there is, for example, always some reason or other why abductions are never caught on video or CCTV though various attempts to do this have been tried. Though supporters of exotic explanations can always find some excuse for this, there is no evidence to compel us to accept their kind of explanation, and plenty to make us lean towards a psycho-social interpretation.

Many of the arguments in this book will, of course, be familiar to long-time Magonia readers, indeed it might well be regarded as the book of the Magonia position on such subjects, but for some readers this will be a new and challenging interpretation.

This is an important book, and one which I recommend (but I would, wouldn't I, as Nigel quotes from quite a few of my articles?); though I recognise that there are various features in the book’s production (my copy is unpaginated) which might be make it less appealing than it should be, and perhaps should act as a warning about the pitfalls of self publishing, although given how Nigel was let down by a variety of publishers over the years of the book’s gestation, I can see why he chose that road).

[We understand from Nigel that future copies of this book will be correctly paginated, and we intend to publish Nigel's full index on this website - John Rimmer]


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