Cosmic Trigger, by Robert Anton Wilson

Cosmic Trigger, by Robert Anton Wilson book coverGenre: Science Fiction
Publisher: New Falcon Publications
Published: 1977
Reviewer Rating: four and a half stars
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths

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Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson is an exploration in 20th century understanding of the supernatural, spirituality, technology, and extra-terrestrial intelligence. Using research, interviews, and personal experience, Wilson attempts to make sense of what could be considered part of the mystery of the Illuminati and does a fine job of it I might add.

The book covers everything from Timothy Leary’s experiments with LSD to Crowley’s Book of the Law. However, certain themes emerge as the book progresses. One of the primary items is the theory humans are being contacted, through telepathy, by ETs from the Sirius system.

Wilson discovers many threads which reinforce this idea. Everything from modern data, to Egyptian deities, to mentions by Crowley. He formulates these beings appear to humans in a manner they will accept. For ancient peoples, they would be deities. During medieval times, they might appear to us as angels, which he believes happened to John Dee. In more modern times they have chosen to manifest as aliens.

As stated above, these beings often appeared to prefer to communicate telepathically with humans as opposed to physically travel to Earth. Wilson and others believe these communications as often confused with supernatural experiences. They also conject these ETs’ share wisdom, which can be attributed to inspiring individuals, such as Crowley and larger organizations such as the Illuminati.

If you enjoy this sort of intellectual exploration of the mysterious of the Multiverse than this would be a great book for you. However, it is a very dense book. No light reading involved here. Also, Wilson tends to assume certain things and then move on while using the unproven concept as a building block to make further assumptions. Lastly and somewhat sadly, he makes dozens of predictions, most of which were supposed to have happened long before the year we currently live in, which have not come to pass.

Overall this is a must read for all students of The Great Work. I would recommend a reader to do research before picking this one up or you might feel a little lost. Also, unlike other mystic books this one tends to organize things a bit and could prejudice a reader toward a certain paradigm if it was not taken with a large grain of salt. It certainly leaves me with wanting to seek out more of Wilson’s work.

Michael D. Griffiths

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