John Mack

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John Edward Mack (deceased 2004) "was born on Oct. 4, 1929, in New York. His parents were Edward C. Mack and Ruth (Prince) Mack. He earned his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1951 and his medical degree from Harvard in 1955. He was also a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

"Dr. Mack interned at Massachusetts General Hospital and did his residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He served in the US Air Force from 1959 through 1961, rising to captain.

"Joining the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1964, Dr. Mack became professor of psychiatry in 1972. In 1983, he founded the Center for Psychology and Social Change, which this year became the Mack Center. He published about 150 scholarly articles. Among the 11 books he wrote or collaborated on are "Nightmares and Human Conflict" (1970) and, with Holly Hickler, "Vivienne: The Life and Suicide of an Adolescent Girl" (1981).

"In a 1994 Globe interview, Dr. Mack said, "I have this innocent confidence that if you do your work in a comprehensive and objective way, it stands on its own."

"Dr. Mack and his wife, Sally (Stahl) Mack, divorced in 1995." [1]

Selected Publications

  • Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (New York: Charles Scribner, April, 1994).
  • Exposing the Killing System: Robert Jay Lifton as Witness. In: Genocide, War, and Human Survival Eds. Charles B. Strozier and Michael Flynn, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 319-325.
  • Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (New York: Crown Publishers, 1999).

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Mark Feeney, "Pulitzer winner is killed in accident", Globe, September 29, 2004.
  2. Werner Erhard Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed December 28, 2013.
  3. Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences People, organizational web page, accessed May 6, 2012.
  4. Contributors, Consciousness in Action, accessed October 18, 2009.