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UFOs and Close Encounters, Science and Society

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This lecture considers the public and scientific reaction to the UFO phenomenon from the perspectives of personality, psychology and the philosophy of science.

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November 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm


UFOs: Close Encounters

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This lecture reviews the evidence about “Close Encounters,” the most controversial aspect of the UFO phenomenon, in which humans allegedly encounter and interact with extra-terrestrial beings. Donderi will review several well-documented close encounter cases and describe his own involvement in interviewing witnesses. He will illustrate a psychological science approach to these observations by describing two of his own research studies with groups of people who reported UFO close encounters.

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February 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm


UFOs: The Psychology of a Phenomenon

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In this Freaky Friday presentation, McGill psychology professor Don Donderi explains how and why he came to study the UFO phenomenon, and describes the chronology of the popular, official, and scientific viewpoint on the matter. He also reviews two UFO cases he has personally investigated.

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February 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm


UFOs: The Evidence in Detail

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In his second lecture on UFOs, Donderi reviews the UFO evidence in detail and outlines the relationship between the evidence and the psychology of perception, motivation and belief. He also covers the interactions between skeptics like Carl Sagan and non-skeptical scientists and scholars like James E. McDonald and C.G. Jung. Finally, in keeping with the Freaky Fridays theme, he reviews the position of the UFO and close encounter phenomena in popular culture.

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February 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm