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The Mind Parasites

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Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feedin ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Monkfish Book Publishing (first published 1967)
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Erik Graff
Mar 09, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Causer
Shelves: sf
The Mind Parasites was written in response to a challenge proffered Colin Wilson by August Derlith, founder of Arkham House, friend and devotee of H.P. Lovecraft. Wilson, famous since publication of his series of brief biographies of exceptional persons entitled The Outsider, had savaged Lovecraft in a widely read review. Derlith suggested Wilson write a Lovecraftean novel the way it ought be done. The result was The Mind Parasites followed by Space Vampires (originally entitled Life Force in Br ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Sawsan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية خيال علمي نُشرت عام 1967, فكرة غريبة عن غزو الطفيليات لعقول البشر والسيطرة عليهم
تدفع الناس لتدمير أنفسهم والعالم, وتُفقدهم القدرة على تجديد وتطوير الحياة
ويبدأ العلماء في مقاومتها ووضع الخطط للقضاء عليها
كل التخيلات في الرواية تُصور واقع الحياة والناس في أطوار مختلفة, إعلان الحروب, الانتحار, الاحساس بالعدمية, سُلطة العادات على أفعال الناس, استنزاف الطاقات والقوى العقلية في الأمور التي لاقيمة لها.
ويلسون يُركز على قدرة الانسان على رفع مستوى الوعي ومعرفة ما يدور في عقله من أفكار والتأكيد انه
Alan Smith
Mar 31, 2013 Alan Smith rated it it was amazing
Colin Wilson's is the classic romantic success story. A working class lad from the midlands of England who couldn't get on with his parents and who was subjected to bouts of boredom and existential angst he set out to educate himself by living on the streets, roaming around Britain. Whilst sleeping rough in London, he wrote a book in the writing room of the British Museum, about the struggles faced by creative free-thinkers unable to fit into the humdrum world, and called it "The Outsider."

حنين محمد حيال

دومًا أقول أن أفضل طريقة لإيصال فكرة غريبة ولعلها بعيدة عن الواقع هي وضعها في إطار حكاية ومن ثم لو أمكن في فلم سينمائي عندها ستصل لأكبر عدد ممكن من المتلقين وقد تجد من يطوّرها أو يتم التصديق عليها عن طريق التجارب العملية لهذه الفكرة
هذا ما ينطبق فعلًا في رواية "طفيليات العقل"
عندما كنت اقرأ هذا العنوان في مكتبة والدي كان كل ظني أنه كتاب يعني الجانب النفسي وهذا ما ظنه أخي أيضًا لاكتشف فيما بعد ومن خلال تجوالي في إحدى المكتبات أنها رواية بعد أن اقتنيتها وجدت مماثلتها في المكتبة وأن الأولى هي رواية أ
Jun 01, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
I first read The Mind Parasites in the early 1970s, long before I had ever encountered Lovecraft or knew of the Lovecraft mythos. I found this book enthralling as an angst ridden teen and have read it a few more times in the ensuing decades, this despite finding it borderline frustrating for having no chapters or other handy spots to hang a bookmark, and despite its author's unfortunate grasp of cosmology, laughably improbable even in 1967 when it was written.

I have just finished "re-reading" i
Oct 01, 2009 June rated it really liked it
"Man is a continent, but his conscious mind is no larger than a back garden".

"I came to realize how much of "success" in the world is due to a mere habit of agressiveness and hard work, and not at all to intelligence".

"Man is lazy by nature, and laziness is by no means to be condemned. It means he dislikes inconvenience, and he has created civilization to escape inconvinience; so his laziness has been an important factor in his evolution. But this also means that he prefers to evolve at his own
رغد قاسم
"للمرة الأولى يعتريني شعور فظيع بالضعف و الافتقار إلى الاحساس بالأمان
و أدركت أن كل شيء موجود في هذا الكون و مسلم بهِ قابل للنقاش، و أن كل شيء يمكن أن يكون مجرد حيلة"

يجب أن توضع علامات تحذير للقراء !
لا يجب أن نُصدم فجأة بكتاب كهذا !
أحمد الله على نهاية الكتاب التي أعادتني إلى حقيقة كوني اقرأ كتاب خيالي و حسب، لأنني و بكل صراحة كدت أصاب بالجنون و الرعب اول 100 صفحة !!
Max Nemtsov
Mar 17, 2014 Max Nemtsov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it starts like a jolly h.p.lovecraft fan fic yet the further it goes, the more topical it gets. the principal action takes place, er, right now, and to read about those "brain slugs" in the climes of rabid russian jingoism is mildly educational, to say the least. it all reads like a newscast, actually.

however. the best part ends with the studies of human component (human empowerment, the necessity of awakening and awareness), and i wish the author could stay in this philosophical vein. yet the
Paul ataua
Jan 22, 2016 Paul ataua rated it liked it
Probably not as riveting as when I read it as an angst ridden teenager all those years ago, but still an interesting mix of science fiction and philosophy. An interesting story of mind parasites dulling the minds of the the brightest humans, blocking their mental development, and directing them towards suicide. I am reminded of it every time I realize I've just spent two hours scrolling down my Facebook page.
Eddie Watkins
Aug 01, 2008 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
Colin Wilson is very skilled at writing intellectual thrillers and this is no exception. It's his riff on a Lovecraftian tale and involves vampiric mind parasites that have been draining the intellectual vitality of humanity for ages. But as Wilson is an inveterate optimist he posits a way out of this vampirism via inner mind work. Very compelling.
This was a book of its time - 1960s sci-fi where men were men and women were non-existent or completely unimportant. It was an interesting read but grew irritating.

"كنت أفترض أنّ الإنسان محدود لأنّ عقله محدود. غير أنّ الأماكن الموجودة داخل العقل ليست إلا آفاقًا جديدة، وأنّ الجسد ما هو إلا جدارر بين مطلقين، المكان يمتد إلى المطلق للخارج، والعقل يمتد إلى المطلق نحو الداخل"

من آلاف السنين حتى اليوم، شغل التفكير في مشكلة "حرية الإرادة" حيزًا لا يستهان به من تفكير العلماء والفلاسفة، وحتى رجال الدين.
ما الذي يضمن لك أنّ ما تفعله هو رغبتك الفعلية؟ وما الذي يؤكد لك أن كل أفعالك ليست محكومة من قبل أي متحكم بدون وعي منك؟ ثم ما الذي يؤكد لك أنك لا تعيش حلما كبيرًا اسم
Jul 25, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: conspiracy theorists and H.P. Lovecraft fans
Shelves: fiction
The Mind Parasites is a lovely piece of fiction that stirs up the dust in the already cloudy field of conspiracy theory. Working partly with facts, partly with fringe science and down-right occluded metaphysics, Wilson weaves a story of the awakening of the collective consciousness of mankind. Sort of. Also, it turns out that a lot of H.P. Lovecraft's stories about ancient gods and antedeluvian chambers and beings of indescribable terror were also true. Sort of. I'm not going to say any more. Th ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Avery rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book that offers the best of Colin Wilson's characteristically evocative language and peculiar theology, in the form of a thrilling adventure story. There is a lot of truth in this fiction, especially in the earlier chapters. In the later chapters it displays Wilson's intellectualist Gnosticism and echoes of the Nietzschean Superman. Regardless, it's an enjoyable read up until the last page.
Lee Foust
A quick leisurely pulp paperback read, I thought.

Turned out to be a lot more theoretical and interesting (and consequently more challenging to read) than most sci fi or horror. Although the cover tries to sell this as a Lovecraftian work it's actually more anti-Lovecraftian in nature, written by Wilson after he attacked Lovecraft for bad writing and H. P.'s friend and lionizing posthumous publisher, August Derleth, challenged him to do it better. Wilson therefore took his beliefs in the untapped
Matthew Hunter
The human race is being attacked by a sort of mind cancer. Something is sucking the human mind dry and has been sucking it for the past two hundred years.
What's that you say? A science/weird fiction novel with H.P. Lovecraft, Edmund Husserl and phenomenology as heroes? I'm in! Sure, it's pretentious:
The sheer size of the task overawed us. Yet it did not depress us. No scientist could be depressed at the prospect of endless discovery... we found ourselves looking at the people around us with a ki
Mohummed Al Refai
رواية جيدة، لكن ليست جيدة جداً، إنها رواية خيال، لا خيالٍ علمي، لا أريد أن أكون ظالماً للكاتب فالرواية قديمة وبالتالي فالخيال العلمي فيها ليس قوياً ومؤثراً، لكن ورغم ذلك فقد غلب عليها الخيال، فمن الواضح أن الكاتب ليس صاحب مستوىً علمي يؤهله لكتابة الخيال العلمي لكنه صاحب خيال.
الرواية تتحدث عن طفيليات غزت العقل البشري في القرن التاسع عشر، ومنذ ذلك الوقت وهي تقود البشر موهمةً إياهم بإرادتهم الحرة ولم يكتشف حقيقة الأمر إلا قلةٌ منذ ذلك الوقت أمثال بتهوفن. والآن(أقصد "الآن" الخاص بالرواية) يكتشف أمره
Jo Ann
Oct 14, 2007 Jo Ann rated it it was amazing
Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft's dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feeding on human life force and steadily gaining a foothold on the planet. Now they threaten humanity's extinction.
Sara Ajjour
Apr 30, 2016 Sara Ajjour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قد تعد هذه الرواية واحدة من قصص الخيال العلمي المحبوكة بإبداع قل نظيره. ولكن, في الحقيقة هي تمتد إلى أعمق من ذلك بكثير لتغوص إلى أقصى متاهات العقل حيث قلة استطاعوا الوصول. هذه القلة هم العظماء حقا.
"طفيليات العقل" هي تعبير عن كل ما يبقينا مقيدين في دوامات الإفلاس المعنوي والشعور بالخواء واللاجدوى الذي يعتري كل فرد منا فيجعلنا نوجه كل طاقاتنا إلى الخارج بدل أن نديرها إلى الداخل: العقل, ذلك الكون الفسيح الذي نخشى استكشافه ونخشى الخوض في غياهبه لذا نبقى معلقين بتوافه الأمور اليومية التي تستنفد كل ط
Jan 20, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an intersting work where I think is the author trying to say that there is a danger in thoughtlessness yet so much potential in the world if one could only be free of "mind parasites"(read "laziness" or "conditioning") preventing you from thinking for yourself and how the world could turn catastrophic if everyone was being taken over by mind parasites. There are some connections made between the mind and body that are interesting, not all free from sexism/racism but still the theori ...more
Ints Brunenieks
Grāmata it kā no fantastikas plaukta, bet, iespējams, vairāk domāta psihoanalīzes cienītājiem. Grāmata stāsta par netālo nākotni, kas šobrīd jau sakrīt ar tagadni. Daži zinātnieki atklāj, ka jau 200 gadus cilvēces prātus inficē nemateriālas būtnes - apziņas parazīti, kas barojas no mūsu enerģijas un izraisa dažādus destruktīvus procesus cilvēces vēsturē. Patiesībā stāsts ir par būsu prāta apjomu, tā uzbūvi un darbības principiem. Grāmata par prāta tīrību, gribasspēku un ceļu uz augstāku prāta da ...more
Bob Rust
Apr 12, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilson's first outright sf novel, The Mind Parasites (1967) combines the long temporal perspectives of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos with the transcendental solipsism of A E van Vogt and the metabiological pathos of George Bernard Shaw in a tale which suggests that humanity has for aeons been deliberately hampered by quasi-Alien entities and that these shackles of Arrested Development could be cast off; doing so leads to the acquisition of Psi Powers (notably Telepathy and Telekinesis).
Laura (rose)
Feb 11, 2015 Laura (rose) rated it it was amazing
This 'novel' is one of my all-time favorite books, and is one that i often recommend. I like to re-read it every couple of years, as it's insightful and thought-provoking, and reminds me that there's more beyond the mundane and trivial in life.

On the surface it is a novel, a sort of spoof of H.P. Lovecraft, and I do need to read more Lovecraft... but then it turns into a journey into the mind, opens into philosophy and phenomenology and study of the inner being of each of us.

Elliott Trevor
Jan 15, 2015 Elliott Trevor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I first read this novel when I was 18 (49 years ago) and it had a profound effect on me so much that I found myself hiding in the toilet at work just to read another page. I re-read the book last year (2014) and although it had less impact it is still a great book and sowed the seeds for my own writing actvities. If you are interest in the potential of the human mind, then give it a go.
Jun 25, 2013 Scott rated it it was ok
Before I read this book, I thought Colin Wilson was a dick. Now I am convinced. The only reason I'm keeping it is because it will fit nicely amongst my other Lovecraftiana. Also I don't have the one pictured. I have the original printing from Oneiric Press. I got it for 50 cents. Poppin' Tags.
Jul 04, 2012 Temashana rated it really liked it
If I had read this book a while ago, I don't think I would have understood what it was really about. There are many layers to it. I found my way to it and found it very interesting.
Feb 28, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it
Outstanding. That is - if memory serves.
Husain Ismaeel
خيال علمي بحت استخدم فيه الاركيولوجي والسيكولوجي..الكتاب قد لا يعجب الكثيرين بالرغم من انه كاتب فيلسوف عظيم أحببت كتابه الانسان وقواه الخفية كثيرا
Adham deabes
Aug 29, 2013 Adham deabes rated it it was amazing
it is very good idea about how our mind can be controled by others ,,which refered to it in the story by parasites ,,but lastly the human brain win and become free from it , ,
Rodrigo Acuna
"Very much of its period, with ideas that are dated"

There was a time when Colin Wilson was a must read for any aficionado of science fiction, he also wrote about criminology and the breaking of taboos, there is even a movie a very b movie named Lifeforce based on Space Vampires, the book was better even if the name was terrible.

Mind Parasites suffers of with the same affliction, a terrible name with an interesting story that is very much written in the style of H. P. Lovecraft this being the rea
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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