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Bartholomew, Robert E., and Howard, George S. (1998).
UFOs and Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery.
Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books. (Dr. George S. Howard is Professor of Psychology and former Department Chair, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana). This scholarly study contains 3,000 references, and examines waves of claims and public discourse about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) using mainstream theories of social psychology, the fallibility of human perception, the mass media role, and the collective behavior literature.
Also examined is the religious significance of "abductees," the fantasy-prone personality, and how psychologists and psychiatrists should approach claimants. It can be used for introductory classes on social and perceptual psychology, collective behavior, deviance, religion, semiotics, and popular culture.
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Scotland may have Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, but we have Champ, the legendary serpent-like monster of Lake Champlain. The first recorded sighting of Champ, in 1609, has been attributed to French explorer Samuel de Champlain. This is pure myth, but there have been hundreds of sightings since then. Robert Bartholomew embarks on his own search, both of the lake firsthand and through period sources and archives – many never before published. Although he finds the trail obscured by sloppy journalism, local leaders motivated by tourism income, and bickering monster hunters, he weighs the evidence to craft a rich, colorful history of Champ. From the nineteenth century, when Champ was a household name, to 1977, when he appeared in Sandra Mansi’s controversial photograph, Bartholomew covers it all. Real or imaginary, Champ and his story will fascinate believers and skeptics alike. The final chapter weighs the evidence of the ultimate question: does Champ exist?