book The Alien
Deception is now available on the Amazon
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The Alien Deception
An Exploration of the Alien Abduction
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
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
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
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
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