'Science of Not Knowing' by John E. Mack, M.D.
Despite official skepticism and even cynicism in media, government, and scientific circles, it must be evident to many Americans that something extraordinary-at least from the standpoint of the Western worldview-is going on. No conventional explanation for the thousands of reported cases of encounters with alien beings has been sufficient, and this remains true in spite of the fact that the experiencers themselves would, with rare exceptions, welcome any explanation other than that they are being visited without their permission by humanoid creatures from another place.
Yet the debate that is devoted to the UFO abduction phenomenon remains focused largely on the question of whether or not it is real in the strictly physical sense. Some skeptics even claim or imply that, insofar as the physical evidence for the reality of the phenomenon does not meet standards of scientific proof, we can presume for practical purposes that it does not exist at all.
But what if the phenomenon were subtle in the sense that it may manifest in the physical world, but derive from a source which by its very nature could not provide the kind of hard evidence that would satisfy skeptics for whom reality is limited to the material? If so, might we not be losing an opportunity to learn and grow as a species by remaining so wedded to an epistemology of physical proof?
What if, instead, we were to acknowledge that the abduction phenomenon is intrinsically mysterious and, ultimately, beyond our present framework of knowledge? What if we were to admit our puzzlement before this mystery?
Might not such an attitude of humility become, paradoxically, a way to enlarge upon what could then be learned? Is it possible that adopting an open attitude could result in greater knowledge not only about the physical aspects of the phenomenon, but about numinous dimensions as well?
And might not this opening of consciousness enable us to learn of unseen realities now obscured by our too limited epistemology, allowing us to rediscover the sacred and the divinity in nature and in ourselves?