The Believer by Ralph Blumenthal audiobook

The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack

By Ralph Blumenthal
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The Believer is the weird and chilling true story of Dr. John Mack. This eminent Harvard psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and to give credibility to the stupefying tales shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened. Nothing in Mack's four decades of psychiatry had prepared him for the otherworldly accounts of a cross section of humanity including young children who reported being taken against their wills by alien beings. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion. Based on exclusive access to Mack's archives, journals, and psychiatric notes and interviews with his family and closest associates, The Believer reveals the life and work of a man who explored the deepest of scientific conundrums and further leads us to the hidden dimensions and alternate realities that captivated Mack until the end of his life.

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Summary

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The Believer is the weird and chilling true story of Dr. John Mack. This eminent Harvard psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and to give credibility to the stupefying tales shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened.

Nothing in Mack's four decades of psychiatry had prepared him for the otherworldly accounts of a cross section of humanity including young children who reported being taken against their wills by alien beings. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion.

Based on exclusive access to Mack's archives, journals, and psychiatric notes and interviews with his family and closest associates, The Believer reveals the life and work of a man who explored the deepest of scientific conundrums and further leads us to the hidden dimensions and alternate realities that captivated Mack until the end of his life.

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by Chad 12/29/2021
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This book was recommended to me by someone in a skeptic group, after I said I wanted to figure out why credulous people were so drawn to believing in UFO abductions, even when their "memories" were painful.
Listening to this book, I wasn't sure what to make of it. The author mentions completely groundless things in passing (like Silva mind control, ESP, receiving messages from the dead) as if they were obviously, 100% literally true and needed no further comment. On the other hand, he occasionally lightly touches on a fact here or there that goes completely counter to a belief in UFOs. I couldn't figure out if he was trying to write a book to convince skeptics to believe in UFOs (not likely; skeptics would either be completely turned off by the things I already mentioned, or would fact-check he anecdotes he references and then be turned off), or if the book was written to convince UFO believers to pay attention to contradictory evidence (not likely; they'd completely miss the few counterpoints he does present).
The end of the book made it more obvious; the author laments that so much money was put into the Large Hadron Collider, but so little money has been put into trying to find evidence to support people's UFO abduction stories.
As for the book overall, it's a biography of a man who believed absolutely in UFOs. He interviewed many "experiencers" and took everything they said at face value as literal, infallible truth - even if they were three years old.
I don't see the value in books like this that promote misinformation.

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Author Bio: Ralph Blumenthal

Author Bio: Ralph Blumenthal

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English