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Colin Wilson's 'Alien Dawn' - A Book Review

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 06:07:43 +0100 (MET)
Fwd Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 01:06:40 -0500
Subject: Colin Wilson's 'Alien Dawn' - A Book Review

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>From karalayn@my-dejanews.com Sat Jan 09 22:01:15
Newsgroups: alt.ufo.reports
Subject: ALIEN DAWN: A Book Review
From: karalayn@my-dejanews.com
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 21:01:15 GMT

ALIEN DAWN:  An Investigation Into The Contact Experience

By Colin Wilson

Fromm International:  New York, 1998

$26.00   hardcover   322 pages


In 1995, bestselling author Colin Wilson met psychiatrist John
Mack at a conference and made his first acquaintance with the
UFO-alien abduction phenomenon. Wilson had no need to engage
himself in Ufology. He was a prolific writer, 80 works to his
credit, and a skeptic. Yet when he looked at the data, he could
not explain the patterns that emerged -- phenomena that cut
across the categories of Ufology, and the paranormal realms of
folklore and mysticism. He had to look deeper. His investigation
into these mysterious depths resulted in the book, ALIEN DAWN, a
watershed that will no doubt serve as a reference for many years
to come.

In the book, Wilson reviews the historical data with a fresh
perspective. He journeys into the ancient past with stories of
the Dogon, the African tribe who somehow had knowledge of the
stars Sirius A and B before astronomers did, and suggests an
ancient astronaut visitation. He reviews some of the historical
reports and conclusions of  astrophysicist Jacques Vallee and
journalist John Keel who both helped to establish Ufology and
forteana as bona fide fields of study (though not yet by
conventional science). Then Wilson brings some of the newer
cases to our attention with his own thoughtful analysis.

The case of Anna Jamerson and Beth Collings is perhaps one of
the most enigmatic of recent times. The two women not only
report lifelong alien abductions, but believe that they were
abducted as children, separated, and then brought back together
as adults under very strange circumstances. Wilson reviews the
case and discovers even more high strangeness when it becomes
known that the two women's extended family also seemed to be
involved in the alien encounters as far back in time as the
1920s. Wilson writes that it would be easy to dismiss the case
as folie a deux. But, he suggests, if the Jamerson-Collings case
is thrown out for sheer absurdity, "then we must dismiss
everything else" in phenomenology.

We need skeptical, open minds like Wilson's to turn the
phenomena on its ear, ask the hard questions, and not be afraid
of the answers. ALIEN DAWN is an important book, an exciting
book. The kind of book that will be read and re-read as we
continue our search for meaning in the realms of Ufology and
phenomenology. Wilson suggests that maybe we unknowingly share
space and time with some kind of supernatural beings who do
things that we don't understand for reasons that we have yet to
comprehend. Or not. We just don't know. But if, he writes,
"something new and strange is going on, then perhaps the human
race ought to be looking for the answer with far more
persistence and interest than we display at present."


Review by Karal Ayn Barnett c1999

"Indeed, all things are inextricably bound."...Mrs.

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