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The Mind Parasites

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fascinating

    In 1994, Archeologist Gilbert Austin returns home after providing a lecture at the Middlesex Archeological Society. Before going to sleep he returns the call of three decades old friend Karel Weissman only to learn from his associate¿s secretary that he committed suicide. --- Stunned as they stayed in contact and having no idea what motivated Weismann to take poison, Gilbert is further shocked upon receiving the final working research papers of his colleague. Weissman had insisted that mind parasites lived by feeding from the minds of human consciousness. Wanting to ignore what seems absurd Gilbert soon begins to believe in the Weissman theory as there is obvious proof once you accept the validity of the underlying concept surfaces. At an archeological dig in Turkey he realizes that humanity is in a war of survival that has been ongoing for several centuries. Humanity just did not know it. Gilbert and a colleague Reich struggle to save humanity but they realize it may be too late to fight back as no weapon of sorts can be found that will not destroy the host. --- The tale seems more like a memoir with much of the story line being passive and introspective, yet extremely deep. Colin Wilson uses the MIND PARASITES as a horror-parable to explore the complex concept that a few can control the many in terms of thoughts. The WMD fiasco and the subsequent Bushie spins support the author¿s premise although the book was written before the recent communication revolution that enables a select few to manipulate communication to the many. Not easy to read, fans of cerebral reflective science fiction will appreciate the Big Brother horror portrayed by Mr. Wilson¿s look at the collective consciousness of the masses manipulated by the brazen minority. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    If you like Colin Wilson, this is no exception

    If you find yourself interested in Colin Wilson's brilliant writing, this book will not fail your expectations. It is a great fictional story that begins with mediocrity and quickly becomes more fascinating. It deals with the rise in suicide and offers a fictional reason, and ends up connecting the premise of the book with Gurdjieff. Great stuff. I was very impressed by the end of the book. Will probably read it a second time.

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