Several sites have uncritically posted the "news" that alien abductions have been experimentally proven to be figments of the imagination. As seductive as that conclusion might be, there are several red flags that make me conclude this is not genuine scientific research.
There are zero pages on the UCLA cite that mention the OOBE Research Center or experiment author Michael Raduga.
Raduga has no scientific credentials or a university degree of any kind. In a forum he admits, "I had interrupted my education in university (law and managment) some years ago when started teaching people OBE. But I feel myself like a free scientist. And I use scientific view as much as posible. This is only right way to bring this field on new level."
Raduga has a booklet titled, “Conscious Evolution 2.0: What the Bible, Alien Abductions and Near-Death Experiences All Have in Common?” which is an excerpt from his 500-page book School of Out-of-Body Travel. The book has no bibliography — rather odd from an academic. The abduction info comes from the website UFO Casebook, not from original sources or even UFO reference books.
Raduga’s OOBE videos feature a scantily clad young lady in various alluring poses. (Apparently, funding constraints prevented the centre from buying bed sheets -- see screen cap below)
Finally, this experiment started only three weeks ago, yet the results are already being described as “proof,” despite not being published in a journal of any kind. (Michael Horn must be honourary chair of the OOBE Center.)
|Standard-issue sleep-centre subject clothing. The same outfit can also be worn in pole-dancing class.|