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With knowledge of Iraq, terrorism and ET abductions, John Mack, M.D., speaks to us now by Steve Hammons
John E. Mack, M.D., was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harvard Medical School professor, psychiatrist and contributed to the understanding of the Iraq region, terrorism and unconventional UFO-related phenomena.
Posted: 18:40 February 12, 2007
Mack died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, in London after being struck by a motorist.
His contributions to a wide range of discussions and topics are worth revisiting. His background includes experience and expertise in psychiatry, human behavior, social dynamics, terrorism, unconventional phenomena and Iraq and the surrounding region's history.
For those interested in these topics, one good place to start is the John E. Mack Institute Web site at (http://johnemackinstitute.org/). The Web site is rich in resources about topics that Mack was involved in. The Web in general is rich with information about his research.
REPORTS OF UFO ABDUCTIONS
Mack was widely known for his study of persons who claimed to have been abducted by "aliens" and UFOs.
Although he came to no firm conclusions about these claims, he did assert that these people did not seem to suffer from clinical mental disorders that would cause them to imagine or lie about these kinds of reports.
He seemed to suspect that there was some kind of truth to these people's experiences.
As a respected Harvard psychiatry professor when he became interested in UFO abduction reports, he was subjected to disrespect by some professional peers. The topic of the existence of UFOs, let alone abduction of humans by "visitors," has scared away many researchers who feared they would be ridiculed.
Mack conducted clinical psychiatric interviews with many persons who claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard apparent spacecraft. He found that most of these people were normal and did not suffer from hallucinations, delusions or other psychiatric problems of this kind.
His books on the topic of so-called alien abduction reports are widely read and widely available, including "Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters" and "Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens."
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA AND THE IRAQ WAR
When he was killed, Mack was in London attending and speaking at a conference about T.E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia." Lawrence was the topic of the book that won Mack the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1977, "A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence."
As a student of Lawrence, Mack was familiar with Iraq and the era of British colonialism in that region of the world. Lessons Mack learned from his studies of Lawrence, that era and region may be valuable for us today.
Mack also closely followed the Iraq war and wrote about it. When the Iraq war started, he wrote several essays on the subject, some published in newspapers. Mack had grave misgivings about the U.S. invasion of Iraq. And, from his research and knowledge of the days of British colonialism in that region, he had good reasons to be concerned.
An observer of human societies, including American society, Mack wondered aloud about the reasons for the Iraq war and about the outcomes.