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The website of the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) has been updated with the addition of two interesting (and quite long) essays related to the question of alien life. The first is titled “Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture” (PDF file), and despite the incomprehensibility of that introduction proves to be a very interesting discussion of the need to stop imposing human qualities on possible alien races.

The second is more related to abductions than aliens, contemplating the similarities that both ‘alien abduction’ and ‘satanic ritual abuse’ groups have to novel religious movements (NRMs). This piece, written by professor of sociology Christopher D. Bader, got quite a bit of news coverage a couple of weeks ago when he released his findings. The essay is titled “Supernatural Support Groups: Who are the UFO Abductees and Ritual Abuse Survivors?”