Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Alien implants

As you might have noticed, alien abduction is not my area of interest when it comes to UFO activity.

There are so many simpler explanations for these cases that pass the test of Occam's Razor that I just can't fully buy into it.  These solutions, such as sleep paralysis, past sexual abuse, etc. do not, however, cover each case.  It's all really a question of evidence.  As such, the cases where physical objects have been removed from the personages of alleged abductees interest me.

I happened to catch a television program profiling Dr. Roger Leir.  Leir is a podiatric surgeon.  For the past few years, he has been removing objects from people's bodies, objects that patients claim were put there by aliens during an abduction.  According to Leir's October appearance on Art Bell's Dark Matter, he has removed 17 such objects.

Naturally, Leir has sent these objects to be studied in laboratories.  The analysis?  One lab report (according to the television program) said that the closest match to the material in question would be a "meteorite fragment." By definition, it would therefore be "extraterrestrial." A logical question would then be how are shards of meteorites ending up inside people?  And why is there allegedly no scar or portal of entry for the object?  Perhaps more unsettling, why does the patient claim a "new sense of freedom" once the object is gone?

Curiouser and curiouser.  In listening further to Leir's guest spot with Art Bell, he points out that he must pass the removed objects on to the laboratories for study and in order to do so, he must be able to present a case. So he is selective with patients.  Another interesting bit from the Art Bell show, Leir was part of a surgical team that attempted to remove a supposed implant from behind the ear of Whitley Strieber.  In the process of this, the object allegedly moved in order to avoid the scalpel.  Strieber backed out of the procedure at that point.  "It's still there, it still moves, at least the last time I talked to him," Leir said and Bell concurred that he has indeed seen Strieber's ear turn bright red.

In terms of the implants, "this knowledge should be the knowledge of every man, woman, and child on Earth" says Lier.  If true, I would most heartily concur.  That's why I have attempted to look at the other side of the issue.

No shocker, but skeptics aren't a big fan of Leir.  He also made it onto an episode of Penn&Teller's Bullsh*t.  Granted, as much as I love Penn and Teller, their presentation is every bit as slanted as a "true believer" program would be, just from the opposite direction.  In fact, the refutation offered in the P and T program boils down to "those could be pieces of anything."  That's also what good ol' Joe Nickell contends, that the materials in question are actually glass or metal that anyone could have picked up by walking around barefoot (although this is in conflict with Leir's stated criteria for the object having "no portal of entry," not to mention the analysis and findings he claims to have received.)  Also questioned was why Leir has not submitted his findings to The New England Journal of Medicine.

Well I can tell you why.  The people behind such a journal are academicians and would dismiss any such article from anyone simply after seeing the title.  That's not right but that's how it is.

What's the truth?  I'm not prepared to say.  Skeptics say there is no evidence.  Experiencers hand them fragments removed from their own bodies.  But fragments of what?  That still remains in question. 

This will require more reading.  Fortunately, I like doing that.

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