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Death of Harvard Psychiatrist John E. Mack Who Promoted Belief in Alien Abductions

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John E. Mack, the Harvard psychiatrist who used his position to promote belief in alien abductions, dies at the age of 74 after being hit by a car in London.

When Mack started his studies of people reporting alien abductions, he assumed some background mental illness was the cause; but when he failed to find any pathologies he began to take the reports seriously.

According to Mack, "the abduction phenomenon has important philosophical, spiritual and social implications" for everyone, though he was never able to explain exactly what those implications are or should be.

A fourteen-month long investigation into his research was conducted by Harvard, and the committee wanted him censured for serious methodological errors in his research. However, no censure was issued on the grounds that his academic freedom permitted him to encourage quackery.

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