- NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According
to a recent Roper poll commissioned by SCI FI Channel, approximately 2.9
million Americans currently report that they have experienced "symptoms"
that experts associate with the UFO abduction phenomenon.
- The release of this statistic comes on the heels of a
historic gathering of the world's foremost investigators of this phenomenon.
SCI FI sponsored The UFO Abduction Phenomenon: A Symposium, moderated by
former network news anchor Morton Dean, to shed light on the facts behind
the fiction of its upcoming epic miniseries "Steven Spielberg Presents
Taken," premiering December 2. Spielberg's sweeping canvas dramatizes
this compelling subject through the eyes of three families over four generations.
Key abduction experts at this unprecedented symposium in New York were
Budd Hopkins, author of "Missing Time," David M. Jacobs, Ph.D.,
author of "The Threat," and Dr. John E. Mack, author of "Passport
to the Cosmos." All three leading researchers identified five key
events that are strong indicators of this phenomenon. Based on these criteria,
the poll reveals that about 2.9 million Americans are reporting four out
of five of these symptoms. Eighteen-24 year-olds are more likely than older
Americans to have experienced any of them.
These symptoms include the following: waking up paralyzed with a sense
of a strange person or presence or something else in the room; feeling
that you were flying through the air although you didn't know why or how;
finding puzzling scars on your body with neither you nor anyone else remembering
how you received them or where you got them; seeing unusual lights or balls
of light in a room without knowing what was causing them, or where they
came from; and experiencing a period of time of an hour or more, in which
you were apparently lost, but neither you nor anyone else could remember
why or where you had been.
- This study was conducted by RoperASW among a representative
sample of 1,021 adults ages 18 and over. The telephone interviews were
conducted from August 23rd through August 25th, 2002. The margin of error
for the total sample is +/- 3%. RoperASW is a leading provider of world
class market research.
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