John Edward Mack, M.D. was an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a leading authority on the spiritual or transformational effects of alleged alien abduction experiences.
The theme was taken to a controversial extreme in the early 1990s when Mack commenced his decade-plus study of 200 men and women who reported recurrent alien experiences.
He initially suspected that such persons were suffering from mental illness, but when no obvious pathologies were present in the persons he interviewed and his interest was piqued.
Mack noted that there was a worldwide history of visionary experiences, especially in pre-industrial societies. Only fairly recently in Western cultures, notes Mack, have such visionary events been interpreted as aberrations or as mental illness. Mack suggested that abduction accounts might best be considered as part of this larger tradition of visionary encounters.
His later research broadened into the general consideration of the merits of an expanded notion of reality, one which allows for experiences that may not fit the Western materialist paradigm, yet deeply affect people's lives. His second (and final) book on the alien encounter experience, Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (1999), was as much a philosophical treatise connecting the themes of spirituality and modern worldviews as it was the culmination of his work with the "experiencers" of alien encounters, to whom the book is dedicated ...Check This Out!
•Dr John Mack on Oprah Winfrey's Chat show from the 90's.
John E. Mack on This Morning (1994)
•Dr John Mack: Human Encounters with Aliens (excerpt) - A Thinking Allowed w/ Jeffrey Mishlove.
•Touched (2004). (1h16) a documentary about people who think they've had contact with aliens, and the Harvard psychiatrist who believes them.
• Touched. A Laurel Chiten Film.(1h16)
On Monday, September 27, 2004 while in London to lecture at a T. E. Lawrence Society-sponsored conference, Mack was killed by a drunken driver heading west on Totteridge Lane.
The driver was arrested at the scene, and later entered a plea of guilty by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Mack's family requested leniency for the suspect in a letter to the Wood Green Crown Court. "Although this was a tragic event for our family," the letter reads, "we feel [the accused's] behavior was neither malicious nor intentional, and we have no ill will toward him since we learned of the circumstances of the collision."
He wrote the following books: Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens, Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence, Borderline States in Psychiatry - Seminars in Psychiatry, Nightmares and Human Conflict, and Develompent and Sustenance of Self-Esteem in Childhood. He wrote the introduction to The PK Man: A True Story of Mind Over Matter. He was an editor of: Mind Before Matter: Vision of a New Science of Consciousness and Human Feelings: Explorations in Affect Development and Meaning. Collaborations: The Alchemy of Survival: One Woman's Journey, Vivienne: The Life and Suicide of an Adolescent School Girl.