I’ll keep talking about UFO experiences. This is mainly because they just seem to be such a common element in various weird cults of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The story tends to go like this:
A person is out in the woods, alone, and usually drunk. They see some bright lights, and then are kidnapped. They then return, and find that time has been missing: hours have gone by, maybe even more.
Then they will investigate: attempt to recover the memories of what happened via hypnosis or other methods. They experience being experimented on: being probed seems to be common.
The Believer’s Perspective
First off, let me get this out of the way: the Believer’s perspective is not the naive perspective. Quickly explaining away a mystery is as lazy as someone who sees divination in everything around them. They are both ideologies that keep people from observing, learning, and growing.
From a Believer’s Perspective, the person was kidnapped by aliens, who kidnapped them, experimented on them, erased their memories and then returned them home.
Why? There’s the mystery.
The Skeptic’s Perspective:
There are numerous skeptic theories on where alien abductions come from. One interesting one is that people are remembering their own childbirth. Most people do not remember their own childbirth. But it is a common experience among people using LSD: wherever the memories of the birth are ‘buried’, LSD users will frequently uncover the memory of their birth.