Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Another debunker dies

Robert Baker, a psychologist who argued that UFO sightings were a psychological phenomenon, has died at 84.
Baker was foremost a skeptic, believing that one could not assume from the start that unusual phenomena - ghosts, UFO abductions, lake monsters, remembrances of past lives - were real. In books and scholarly articles, he argued that they could be explained as mental states, that abductions by aliens, for example, were hallucinations, or "waking dreams," that occur in the twilight zone between fully awake and fully asleep.