In the video, the late Dr. John Mack attempts to defend the use of hypnosis, or what he prefers to call a relaxation exercise, as a memory retrieval tool for alleged alien abductees.
I find the doctor's lines of reasoning profoundly irrational. Shockingly so, as a matter of fact.
Arguing the validity of hypnosis, Mack offered an example he apparently felt would support his point. He explained that an alleged abductee recalled an alien-related experience in a quite different manner before hypnosis as compared to during hypnosis. Mack astonishingly seemed to view the discrepancy as evidence of the value of hypnosis in clarifying actuality, as opposed to calling the validity of the memories into question.
It went something like this:
Witness testimony: I met a very friendly alien.
Witness testimony under hypnosis: I met a very unfriendly alien.
Hypnotist: That is an excellent example of how hypnosis assists the client in discerning reality.
I challenge the validity of such lines of reasoning.
In the event one might wonder, yes, I have read Mack's material. I also attended one of his presentations during the 1990's. I was not surprised to find him well spoken and entertaining. His activities were of course greatly appreciated by proponents of alien abduction as a literal reality.
His work was of interest to many at the time due to his credentials and status in the academic community. It seemed there might actually be something to the fantastic reports and witness testimonies - and there still may be. I'm not suggesting that everything from Mothman to Fatima necessarily hinges on Mack coming down with a case of mind freeze during a UFO con presser.
Nonetheless, I challenge the logic behind the example Dr. Mack presented. It is simply irrational.