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Courtney Brown, Ph.D. Cosmic Voyage.
N.Y.: Onyx, 1997

caveat: As can be inferred from the date of publication, this article may no longer represent my current views and style. It remains here for archival purposes to provide a sense of documentation and should be treated as such.
Personally, now, I think this book is bogus.

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This is a book of fact, not fiction. I have repeatedly checked on the accuracy of my observations under a variety of data-collecting settings, and as of mid-1995 other trained remote viewers have independently corroborated many, and perhaps most, of my basic findings. [p. 19]

The UFO enigma is difficult to understand even with remote-viewing data. In the absence of these data, it is almost impossible to fathom. The only other publicly available sources of information are based on either eyewitness accounts of passing UFOs, abduction reports - usually extracted from hypnotized individuals - or channeled information in which friendly ETs purportedly speak to supportive humans while the humans are in a trancelike state. [p. 52f]

We are not children anymore. We are a species with a destiny. Let us begin crossing the new frontier of that destiny proudly. Let us leave our cynicism and our fear. Let us speak, finally, to those who have waited so long and patiently for us, out there. [p.391]

Review:

Tales about extraterrestrials are common in the late 20th century, as everyone knows such popular characters as Spock or E.T., as sci-fi shows are appearing everywhere and shows like Star Trek or Babylon 5 do not even doubt their existence while The X-Files seem to want to play a little bit with some facts unto coming to step-to-step revelations.

So, what's the point? ETs make great box office hits and are an entertainment phenomenon, they are everywhere in our fantasies, and most people seem to want it to stay this way.

Courtney Brown, Ph.D., does not even try to be careful with the reader, as he establishes the extraterrestrial population around (and among) us as being a fact and nothing less. It's quite a strike against conventional thinking, and when I was reading it, I always had to keep in mind that this book is not written by some freak or kind of that guy we have seen in the X-Files-episode 'Jose Chung's From Outer Space' searching the fields and skies with his flashlight.

In short: The author first describes a new technique called 'Scientific Remote Viewing', kind of a telepathic projection of one's self into any point in time and space, achieved by training in meditation and exercised by experienced remote viewers, based on military projects. This way of getting information might seem to be very strange, but he tries to explain it and it is the least thing of the folling pages that might make someone worry about his sanity. The data he gathers this way is breathtaking - a cosmic voyage indeed into a subspace-based Galactic Federation. He describes other nations like the 'common' Grays and the Martians, throws glimpses at Buddha, Jesus and God and tries to explain it. He succeds very well, the data is presented in a smooth way, and with every line one is tempted to cite Mulder's 'I want to believe'.

I cannot draw any conclusions because I'm lacking the evidence, but I think it is important not to walk away, numbling something to oneself and trying to ignore this book. I don't see any reason why it should be a fake, as he not just explains obvious phenomena but gives much, much more. There have been rumors that he cannot be trusted, but then: rumors never don't know their origin. So the best way to read this book seems to be the 'What if'-attitude. That is not quite scientific, but it would also serve Courtney Brown's purpose: To show mankind that we have a responsibility to us, to our future, and that this responsibility can be even greater than everyone has suspected in the past.

PJK
January 11th, 1998





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