Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience

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The Bestselling author probes reports of alien visitations and other strange phenomena.

When bestselling writer Colin Wilson met Harvard psychiatrist John Mack at a conference in 1995, he was propelled on a journey of discovery into one of the most daunting mysteries of our time--the UFO phenomenon. Mack told Wilson of his work with people who believed they had been abducted by "aliens," and this conversation launched Wilson on a full-scale investigation into everything he could unearth about mysterious and bizarre events related to "alien" visitations. Groundbreaking and compelling, Alien Dawn describes Wilson's own attempt to make sense of a vast body of documented research involving strange and unexplained phenomena, including poltergeists, lake monsters, ancient folklore, time slips, out-of-body experiences, mystical awareness, and psychic travel to other worlds. He studied the accounts of Uri Geller and Andrija Puharich, who were convinced they had been chosen by aliens to deliver a momentous message to earth. He probed into people's claims that they had experienced contact with beings possessing supernormal powers possibly from other dimensions of space--or even time. The result is a vast, complex jigsaw puzzle of encyclopedic dimensions--the most comprehensive bird's-eye view of the subject ever undertaken, with conclusions sure to startle the reader.

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About the Author :

Colin Wilson burst upon the scene when he was twenty-five, when his first book, The Outsider, became a worldwide bestseller. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including archaeology, astronomy, and cosmology. He lives in Cornwall, England.

From Publishers Weekly :

In over 80 books, Wilson (From Atlantis to the Sphinx) has reported on a wide variety of alternate realities involving crime, sex and the occult, all based on the underlying premise that our everyday consciousness is meager compared with powers potentially available to us. This attempt at a synthesis of the alien/UFO phenomenon shows Wilson's encyclopedic strength to be also his weakness. In his zeal for inclusiveness, he reports not only on the history of UFOs from mythology through Kenneth Arnold to Philip Corso (The Day After Roswell), but also writes about Uri Geller, LSD research, crop circles, ley lines, the Loch Ness monster, remote viewing, Jung, hypnotism, poltergeists, Ouspensky, out-of-body experiences, quantum physics and a great deal more. There is little new here: much of the book is composed of unfootnoted second- and third-hand accounts of UFOs, alien encounters and (perhaps) related phenomena drawn from other sources, resulting in an unfocused catalogue of anecdotes, the larger import of which is rarely assessed. Periodically Wilson asks, as if talking to himself: "What, then, are we to make of it all?" At times he finds unbelievability a plus: after all, if someone were simply fabricating a story, wouldn't they make it more plausible? By the time readers reach the chapter titled "Oh no, not again!" the phrase has an unintended inflection. In the end, Wilson seems to regard aliensAwhatever they areAas agents in the transformation of human consciousness, but he provides little solid support for, or elucidation of, such a hypothesis. Eight pages of photos.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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