Here’s a little survey. See how many of these questions you answer positively, and we’ll tell you what that means…or might mean.
- Do you remember ever seeing a ghost?
- Do you remember feeling as if you left your body?
- Do you remember seeing a UFO?
- Do you remember waking up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room?
- Do you remember feeling that you were actually flying through the air although you didn’t know how or why?
- Do you remember having seen unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them?
- Do you remember having seen, either as a child or adult, a terrifying figure– which might have been a monster, a witch, a devil, or some other evil figure– in your bedroom or closet or somewhere else?
- Do you remember experiencing a period of time, an hour or more, in which you were lost, but could not remember why or where?
- Do you remember having vivid dreams about UFO?
- Do you remember finding puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them?
If you answered positively to all or most of those questions, the Roper Organization, which conducted a survey using these questions and similar ones, says that you fit the profile of an alien abductee. Considering the questions, especially the last several, their conclusion is not surprising.
What surprised the Roper Organization when they conducted this survey of 6,000 Americans in 1999 was the number of Americans who fit the profile, and because the positive answers cut across most demographic sub-groups. Astonishingly, the Roper Organization found that 33 million Americans fit that profile.
The report, called Unusual Personal Experiences, concluded that “It is clear that significant numbers of people do report that these unusual events occurred, independent of any factors in the survey that might increase responses.”
According to the survey results, abductees were selected across gender and ethnic lines, with a larger number than expected falling into the “influential” group. “The preference for people with higher education and social awareness may be coincidental, or it may reflect a concerted effort to examine the genetic potentials of these human characteristics.”
But wait, as a skeptic might naturally say: Let’s get real. 33 million Americans have been abductees? That’s one out of 10 Americans. How could that be? Why isn’t it a major crime, a top mystery? After all, if true, literally everyone would know people who have been abducted. Wouldn’t there be many witnesses to these abductions?
Yeah, fair questions. If you fit the profile, does it really mean that you’ve experienced at least one alien abduction? What exactly is an alien abduction? Are they physical experiences or out-of-body experiences? Could some of these ‘symptoms’ relate to sleep paralysis, a common explanation used by scientists to explain away alien abductions. Of course if you’re not sleeping when you’re abducted, that explanation doesn’t work.
Here’s how the Roper Organization attempts to explain the scenario.“The larger than anticipated number of Americans who fit the abductee profile is difficult to understand. For this figure (33 million) to be true, the frequency of abductions taking place would surely have resulted in more conspicuous activity on the part of the ‘abductors.’ We would expect that there would be more witnesses to these abductions. However, if this activity is being conducted by a non-human, superior life form, then its methods of covert action might escape detection.”
Since many abductees report surgical procedures, often seemingly related to reproduction or implants, it seems that the physical body is indeed involved. Yet, the numerous reports of being floated through walls and closed windows suggests something else altogether. Could it be that bodies are teleported through space similar to the way the Star Trek crew moved from their ship to planets? And visa-versa. Beam me up, Scotty! That explanation, still beyond human capability, might explain the dearth of witnesses to abductions.
Here’s more from the report.
“The focus of attention on skin samples and reproductive organs seems to suggest an interest in human anatomy and reproduction. If the examinations are for the benefit of the human species, the methods of involuntary intrusion and the subsequent post-traumtic stress that many victims report, is suspicious. The effort to produce amnesia is largely successful, as this study has shown. This could support a theory that the abductors have a more comprehensive understanding of our minds than we have of ourselves. It could also indicate a genuine consideration for our well-being, similar to our use of tranquilizers when examining endangered animal species. It could well be that the abductors have a similar mission with our species.”
The survey was sponsored by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire space pioneer, who is fascinated by UFOs and other unexplained phenomenon. He submitted the survey findings to members of an organization for psychiatrists. Unfortunately, the survey probably did more to damper the belief in alien abductions than support it, solely by the enormous numbers of abductees generated by the survey.
For more on this survey, look here. Since this survey, the Roper Organization has divided into the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a non-profit organization, and a the for-profit Roper Poll. Both organizations were created by Elmo Roper.