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We're all familiar with the archetypal alien abduction scenario. You wake up in your bed. You can't move. Short gray humanoids with big black eyes surround you. They whisk you off to some other place for painful and humiliating procedures and then mostly wipe your memory of the event, at least in the short term. People have reported encounters with a whole menagerie of alien types. Some are beautiful and benevolent, others monstrous and hostile. But with the Grays, their intentions seem self-interested, but they're mostly just unfathomable. Larry Lowe describes how this narrative coalesced in the late 80s and early 90s and cemented itself as our cultures dominant schema for contact with alien intelligence.
Additional materials and links supplied by Larry:
There is an enormous amount of 'Projected motive' in the various tales told most of which is homocentric.
The grays are interested in reproduction because they themselves cannot reproduce.
How much sense, exactly, does that make? None, really.
Raymond Fowler The (Betty) Andreasson Affair Paperback – May 23, 1980
Great art - the origin of the look, IMHO
Budd Hopkins Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods Mar 12, 1987
Whitley Strieber Communion: A TRUE STORY Hardcover – 1987
Budd Hopkins Missing Time Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1988
David Jacobs Secret Life: Firsthand, Documented Accounts of Ufo Abductions Paperback – April 16, 1993
John Mack Abduction: Human Encounters with AliensDec 15, 2009