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  Abduction Phenomenon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Abduction Phenomenon is an umbrella term used to describe a number of hypotheses, claims or assertions stating that extraterrestrial creatures kidnap individuals—sometimes called "abductees"—usually for medical testing or for sexual reproduction procedures.
Abduction claimants do not always attempt to explain the phenomenon, but some take independent research interest in it themselves, and explain the lack of greater awareness of Alien Abduction as the result of either extraterrestrial or governmental interest in cover-up.
The Hill Abduction (1961), however, received major mass media attention a few years after the event was said to have occurred, perhaps culminating in a made for television film broadcast in 1975 (starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons) dramatizing the events.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alien_abduction   (2222 words)

Abduction, literally leading away, historically meant the seizure of a wife from her husband, or a female infant or heiress from her parent or lawful guardian, for marriage, concubinage or prostitution.
Sections 282 and 283 address abduction by a parent or guardian of children under 14 years of age and the definition of abduction in these sections is essentially the same as that in section 281.
The consent of the young person is irrelevant with respect to the abduction offences, but abduction that was necessary to protect a young person from danger of imminent harm or because the abductor was escaping from the danger of imminent harm can be defences to a charge of abduction.
thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0000006   (414 words)

 Abductive reasoning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term abduction is sometimes used to mean just the generation of hypotheses to explain observations or conclusions, but the former definition is more common both in philosophy and computing.
Abduction is the process of deriving a set of explanations of O according to T.
This is contrary to the common use of abduction in the social sciences and in artificial intelligence, where the old meaning is used.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Abductive_reasoning   (700 words)

Abduction considered as a matrimonial impediment is a violent taking away of any woman whatsoever, chaste or unchaste, from a place free and safe to a morally different place, and there detaining her in the power of her abductor until he has coerced her into consenting to marry him.
Abduction as a crime is of wider scope than is the impediment, inasmuch as the former includes man-captors and intent to gratify lust, both of which are excluded from the scope of the impediment.
The abductor and his advisers and abettors and accomplices in a complete (copula not required), not merely an attempted, abduction are, by the law itself (Tridentine), excommunicated (not reserved), and made perpetually infamous, incapable of acquiring dignities; if they be clerics, they also incur deposition from their ecclesiastical rank.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01032b.htm   (2960 words)

 UFO Evidence : Abduction Phenomenon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the typical "alien abduction," the victim is paralyzed by some unknown force, taken to a small circular room, and then examined and probed by a number of large-eyed, gray skinned, hairless, short creatures.
Prevalent hypotheses regarding the etiology of the abduction experience are examined, especially in regard to the existing evidence.
An abduction that, supposedly, was witnessed by two federal agents and the Secretary-General of the U.N. -- and that's only the beginning of the most unbelievable UFO case ever vouched for by a major UFO investigator.
www.ufoevidence.org /topics/Abduction.htm   (2448 words)

 AI Magazine: Abduction, Reason, and Science: Processes of Discovery and Explanation. - book review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By placing abduction at the heart of the foundations of AI from philosophical, cognitive, and computational perspectives, the author makes us aware that abduction is not at all a new topic of research.
In agreement with other current approaches to abduction, for the author of this book, there are two main epistemological meanings of the word abduction: (1) abduction that only generates plausible hypotheses and (2) abduction as inference to the best explanation that also evaluates them to further obtain the best one.
Magnani offers an impressive and comprehensive overview of the logical approaches to abduction, covering the deductive model, the abductive logic programming paradigm, and approaches linking abduction to the well-known framework of belief revision, all of which are considered as cases of theoretical sentential abduction, given their logical character.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2483/is_1_23/ai_84804955   (1264 words)

 Six Modes of Peircean Abduction
It remains only to establish that abduction is the mode dealing with potentiality, induction is the mode dealing with actuality, and deduction is the mode dealing with regulation.
If we accept this last point (as derived from Shank, in press), then we conclude that the act of abduction is not a singular type of reasoning, but is a "family" of six distinct ways of dealing with potentiality as a logical inference.
However, it is an abduction, and one that is systematically related to other types of abductions.
www.cs.indiana.edu /event/maics96/Proceedings/shank.html   (3150 words)

 Abduction by Aliens or Sleep Paralysis? (Skeptical Inquirer May 1998)
A final theory is that abductions are elaborations of sleep paralysis, in which a person is apparently able to hear and see and feels perfectly awake, but cannot move.
The International Classification of Sleep Disorders (Thorpy 1990) reports that sleep paralysis is common among narcoleptics, in whom the paralysis usually occurs at sleep onset; is frequent in about 3 to 6 percent of the rest of the population; and occurs occasionally as "isolated sleep paralysis" in 40 to 50 percent.
The majority of the abduction experiences they studied occurred at night, and almost 60 percent of the "intense" reports were sleep related.
www.csicop.org /si/9805/abduction.html   (3781 words)

 What is Abductive Inference?
"Abduction" is the process of adopting an explanatory hypothesis (CP 5.145) and covers two operations: the selection and the formation of plausible hypotheses.
However, Peirce claims that Abduction is logical inference, because it can be represented in a "a perfect definite logical form" (CP 5.188): "The surprising fact, C, is observed; But if A were true, C would be a matter of course, Hence, there is reason to suspect that A is true" (CP 5.189).
The question of the status of abductive reasoning as major aspect of a "logic of discovery" is a controversial issue in philosophy of science and epistemology.
user.uni-frankfurt.de /~wirth/inferenc.htm   (1098 words)

 Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind - abduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Abduction is not currently thought to be well understood and Peirce's formulation has been criticized as being restricted to language-like mediums (Shelley, 1996).
It should be noted that for Peirce, abduction was restricted to the generation of explanatory hypotheses.
The more general characterization of abduction as inference to the best explanation is a more recent interpretation.
artsci.wustl.edu /~philos/MindDict/abduction.html   (216 words)

 Alien Abduction Case Files, UFO Casebook
Alien abduction is an increasingly troublesome phenomena which is in need of further research.
They are stopped on the road by aliens, and become part of an abduction case for the ages.
An abduction case from Australia has resulted in what may be the world's first DNA test of abduction-related biological material.
www.ufocasebook.com /alienabductions.html   (1627 words)

 Logic of Abduction-Alex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the stage of abduction, the goal is to explore the data, find a pattern, and suggest a plausible hypothesis; deduction is to refine the hypothesis based upon other plausible premises; and induction is the empirical substantiation.
Abduction plays the role of generating new ideas or hypotheses; deduction functions as evaluating the hypotheses; and induction is justifying of the hypothesis with empirical data (Staat, 1993).
Abduction and deduction are the conceptual understanding of a phenomena, and induction is the quantitative verification.
seamonkey.ed.asu.edu /~alex/pub/Peirce/Logic_of_EDA.html   (6088 words)

 news and updates on abduction
Abductions last from some tens of minutes to several hours in subjective time, and often nothing in physical time.
At the opposite, it is likely that many abduction testimonies gathered in the USA would really be only sleep paralysis, which got a nightmarish impact on their experiencers, after the reading of certain fashioned horror books which claim to explain abduction by the action of cruel and manipulative extraterrestrials.
If the abduction started as a simple sleep paralysis, the consciousness of the experiencer starts to generate a scenario on the basis of the consciousness elements proper to the sleep paralysis.
www.shedrupling.org /recherch/abd/abdnews.php?lang=en   (1618 words)

 Alien Abductions
Many abductions are not reported, because there is no one to tell, or the abductee fears ridicule from others, especially if they feel they have been sexually violated.
The abduction agenda involves quite physical aims and procedures that belie the idea of a primary spiritual motivation on the aliens part, as well as refuting the notion that all they're doing in their agenda is crossbreeding.
She had floated through a closed window and was lifted into a "craft." At the end of the "abduction" she was dropped onto her bed.
www.crystalinks.com /abduction.html   (3392 words)

 Man Abducted In Brazil - Amazing Photos Of Scene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The man who was abducted returned after 48 hours and had a lot to say about his experience (it was his 3rd abduction).
He told me the Chumash indians thought of them as good luck stones, and he thought they were droplets of volcanic lava that had swirled into stones as they hit the sea.
Whatever they are the resemblance to these stones that accompanied the abduction in Brazil is exact.
www.rense.com /general32/abduct.htm   (316 words)

 Child abduction-murders: Why?
In nearly two-thirds of the cases, the abductions were "snatch and grab" confrontations where a killer saw an available victim and quickly assaulted and subdued her.
As they question neighbors, police should ask "What did you see that was unusual?" and "What did you see that was usual?" since the study found that, in two-thirds of the cases, the killer was in the area because he belonged there.
Because most of the abductions took place close to the victims' homes, it is probably not a good idea to send an unescorted child to the neighborhood grocery store.
www.post-gazette.com /headlines/20001001killings3.asp   (1044 words)

 Hague Convention Abduction Issues
One of the most difficult and frustrating elements for a parent of a child abducted abroad is that United States laws and court orders are not automatically recognized abroad and therefore are not directly enforceable abroad.
If there was no court order in effect at the date of the abduction, these"rights of custody" may be established by the law in the state in which your child was living before his or her removal.
The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction has improved the likelihood and speed of return of abducted or wrongfully retained children from countries that are party to the Convention.
travel.state.gov /family/abduction_hague.html   (1870 words)

 ABDUCTION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The remembrance of my first abduction was in 1980, the next was in 1995, and there have been at least four per year thereafter.
Alien abductions actually start occurring in an individuals youthful age, and they continue through their adult life, i do not know why some abductees can only remember particular occurrences.
Another good indicator of your abduction is the sight or sighting of a bright light and/or craft, this sighting is the abducting craft before or after you are abducted.
members.fortunecity.com /gaz8/id36.htm   (789 words)

 alien abductions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
There have been many reports of abduction and sexual violation by creatures who are small and bald or are white, gray, or green; have big craniums, small chins, large slanted eyes, and pointed or no ears.
The alien abduction story that seems to have started the cult beliefs about alien visitation and experimentation is the Betty and Barney Hill story.
Another contributor to the mythology of alien abductions is Robert Bigelow, a wealthy Las Vegas businessman who likes to use his money to support paranormal research (see entry on Charles Tart) and who partially financed a Roper survey on alien abductions.
skepdic.com /aliens.html   (4363 words)

 Psychology Today: Alien Abductions: The Real Deal?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
His 1994 bestseller, Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens, drew international attention with the argument that "experiencers," Mack's term for the men and women he has debriefed, probably are being abducted by aliens.
They believe their subsequent findings explain the entire abduction experience, including abductees' refusal to accept the fact that transcendent, technicolor encounters with aliens are no more than five-alarm fires in the brain.
To be sure, there is a surfeit of elaborate sex in abduction reports; one study found that among abductees, 80 percent of women and 50 percent of men reported being examined naked on a table by humanoid beings.
www.psychologytoday.com /htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/PTO-20030527-000002.asp   (3221 words)

 International Center for Abduction Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The ICAR will provide accurate information to therapists and lay individuals who are interested in abductions, and help them cope with the variety of problems that arise from the use of hypnosis and other memory collection procedures.
The majority of evidence for the alien abduction phenomenon is from human memory derived from hypnosis administered by amateurs.
Abduction researchers are mainly amateurs doing their best to get to the truth knowing that objective reality may elude them.
www.ufoabduction.com   (319 words)

 International Child Abductions: A Manual for Parents - Consular Affairs
There is often a revenge motive involved in child abductions, and abducting parents may try to convince their children that the other parent no longer wants or loves them.
However, this requires that parental child abduction be considered a crime in both the countries that have signed the treaty.
While it is important to report the abduction of your child to the police as soon as possible, your complaint will not necessarily result in child abduction charges.
www.voyage.gc.ca /main/pubs/child_abductions-en.asp   (8403 words)

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It has two species: the extensive, where the question is how much, and the comprehensive, or abductive, where the question is to be answered by yes or no (or else is merely susceptible of a vague answer).
Abduction is distinguished from abductive induction in not being, properly speaking, experimental, that is, it makes its observations without reference to any previously propounded question, but, on the contrary, itself starts a question, or problematically propounded hypothesis, to explain a surprising observation.
Secondly, it now occurs to me that if he is an ex-priest, he should be tonsured; and in order to test this, I say something to him calculated to make him take off his hat.
carbon.cudenver.edu /~mryder/mem19.html   (774 words)

 Abduction Card Game
Abduction is a light little card game, complete in one box for 2-4 players, or you can buy two boxes and play with up to eight players.
The theme is alien abduction: the players are earthlings who have been abducted to an alien space ship and are trying to find the Exit to escape.
The cut-out player character figures include a Man in Black, a farmer and his cow, a little girl, a young woman in a tee shirt, a man in shorts, etc.
www.panix.com /~sos/bc/abduction.html   (756 words)

 Halfbakery: Do it yourself alien abduction
Instructions: Setup your abduction HQ on a road that is rarely used.
We, at Abduction Inc., have been working tirelessly to bring the "Abduction Survivor Kit" to fruition, but we're having troubles with the other-worldly device.
//Abduction Survivor Kit// I really want to post this as it's own Idea, (I found this idea by searching the 1/2B before writing my own idea up) but I fear it would be considered plagiarizing an anno.
www.halfbakery.com /idea/Do_20it_20yourself_20alien_20abduction   (747 words)

 Funagain Games: Abduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Then again, I'm not entirely familiar with Eden Studios [page scan/se=0661/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Conspiracy X line of products (which Abduction seems to be one of), and this kind of thing may be commonplace in them.
The game usually gets quite nasty as one player is just about to make it to an exit when the exit moves, or an alien patrol comes by, or some other event caused by another player causes the near-winner to fl out, lose all of their cards, and wake up back in the holding cell.
The utter free-for-all in Alien Abduction makes for an entertaining time, but the game usually drags on a bit towards the end as every player throws everything they have at the potential victor.
www.funagain.com /cgi-bin/funagain/05291?;;GBBG   (576 words)

 The Doctor's Plot
Mack has an answer: abductions are global, but it's only in the United States that we are lucky enough to have large numbers of UFO-obsessed therapists to help people uncover their suppressed experiences.) Abduction psychiatrists like Mack need a method of helping people remember, and that method is hypnosis.
Private organizations financed by abduction devotees are spending money to persuade these professionals that there is something clinically respectable about looking for UFO's along with, say, child abuse in their patients' troubled histories.
Cultural historians might think fruitfully about the shared details of the abduction mythology, at least to the extent that they can be disentangled from the influences of the self-referential movies and books that victims have been exposed to.
www.around.com /abduct.html   (3806 words)

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