UFO Lands in Zimbabwe 1994 - the John Mack Interviews
John Edward Mack, M.D. (October 4, 1929 - Sep 27, 2004), professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, was considered to be a leading authority on the spiritual or
transformational affects of alleged alien encounter experiences.  Mack received his medical degree from
the Harvard Medical School (Cum Laude, 1955) after undergraduate study at Oberlin (Phi Beta Kappa,
1951). He was a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is Board certified in child
and adult psychoanalysis.

The dominant theme of his life's work was the exploration of how one's perceptions of the world affect
one's relationships. He addressed this issue of "worldview" on the individual level in his early clinical
explorations of dreams, nightmares and teen suicide, and in his biographical study of the life of British
officer T. E. Lawrence
(Lawrence of Arabia), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1977.  Mack advocated that
Western culture requires a shift away from a purely materialist worldview (which he feels is responsible for
the Cold War, the global ecological crisis, ethnonationalism and regional conflict) towards a transpersonal
worldview which embraces certain elements of Eastern spiritual and philosophical traditions.  Mack's
interest in the spiritual aspect of human experience has been compared by the New York Times to that of
fellow Harvard alum William James, and like James, Mack became a controversial figure for his efforts to
bridge spirituality and psychiatry.
This theme was taken to a controversial extreme in the early 1990s when Mack commenced his decade-
plus study of 200 men and women who claimed that recurrent alien encounter experiences had affected
the way they regarded the world, including a heightened sense of spirituality and environmental concern.
Mack's interest in the spiritual or transformational aspects of people's alien encounters, and his suggestion
that the experience of alien contact itself may be more spiritual than physical in nature — yet nonetheless
real — set him apart from many of his contemporaries such as Budd Hopkins, who advocated the physical
reality of aliens.

In 1994 the Dean of Harvard Medical School appointed a committee of peers to review Mack's clinical care
and clinical investigation of the people who had shared their alien encounters with him (some of their
cases were written of in Mack's 1994 book Abduction). After fourteen months of inquiry and amid growing
questions from the academic community (including Harvard Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz) regarding
the validity of Harvard's investigation of a tenured professor, Harvard issued a statement stating that the
Dean had “reaffirmed Dr. Mack's academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his opinions
without impediment,” concluding “Dr. Mack remains a member in good standing of the Harvard Faculty of
Medicine.”

Mack's explorations later 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 the culmination of his work
with the “experiencers” of alien encounters (to whom the book is dedicated) as it was a philosophical
treatise connecting the themes of spirituality and modern worldviews.
In total, there were 62 children outside of the school at the time, and most of the teachers were inside the school at a meeting. It
was reported that only one adult was supervising the recess that morning, a mother of one of the children. She operated a
snack bar for the students, selling soft drinks, candies, and other favorites.

There had been reports of UFOs in the skies over Zimbabwe only two days before, but it is unlikely that any of the students were
aware of these reports. Ariel was a private elementary school, hosting students of all backgrounds. Several of the children
stated that they had seen three unknown flying objects in the skies over the school prior to the landing. Students saw the UFOs
disappear then reappear in a different place in the sky. Finally, at least one of the UFOs either landed, or hovered just above
the ground.

Soon, what the students described as a "small man" could be seen on the top of the UFO. The occupant of the craft was
described as being about one meter (3 ft.) tall, with a slender neck, long black hair, and very large eyes. He walked down the
craft, and
When he noticed the children, he disappeared, and was next seen in the back of the UFO. Within moments, the craft took off,
vanishing into the sky over the school. Many of the children were understandably frightened, the little man had evoked many
stories they had heard about demons and ghosts. Some of the children ran to the mother who was attending the snack bar, but
she did not believe their story, and continued with her duties.

Two of Ufology's most respected investigators researched the Ariel School sighting. Cynthia Hind, now deceased, was known as
Africa's top notch researcher, and she was at the school the next day. She requested the school's headmaster, Colin Mackie, to
ask the children to make drawings of what they had seen the day before. When Hind arrived at the school, there were some 35
various drawings and sketches waiting for her. They were very similar in their depictions of the craft and being.

Mackie told Hind that she felt the children were telling the truth about what they had seen. One of the students, a young girl, told
Hind, "I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth."

Also, Dr. John Mack, along with researcher Dominique Callimanopulos visited Ruwa. The two men spent two days doing
interviews with 12 of the children and their parents. A few of the older students related that they felt they had communicated with
the craft's occupants. They were informed that we were were destroying Earth by polluting it, and unless we changed our ways,
we would face a failing planet.

The Ruwa, Zimbabwe school sighting soon became news around the world, and was the subject of an episode of TV's
"Sightings." Numerous interviews with witnesses have been released on the Internet, and it is considered one of the best "close
encounter" cases in UFO history.
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