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Beyond the Occult

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Colin Wilson has explored the paranormal universe ever since he researched his first highly successful work, The Occult: he reveals the usually unseen powers of the human mind and discusses why he has become convinced that disembodied spirits do exist.*Sunday Telegraph
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Al Bità
Colin Winson is always a good read, provided you don't take him too seriously: his style is always chatty and pleasant, and if you are interested in things occult, then he is a good introduction to the subject.

My edition of this work was published in 2008, but it is essentially a reprint of the work which was published in 1988.

The fun with Wilson is that he is amazingly eclectic and wide-ranging in his search for stories to back up his assessments. I have always found stories about amazing incid...more
Mostly incoherent. The first part is full of confused and confusing psycho-babble gobbledygook and makes little sense. Wilson quotes fact and fiction without discrimination and seriously over-intellectualises - or at least attempts to; I didn't understand much of the first part and I suspect Wilson didn't either! However, I was rather taken with his 'Stan and Ollie' metaphor for the human psyche, and the chapters on clairvoyance, doppelangers, and precognition were interesting in parts. The seco...more
There's quite a bit to digest in this book, mostly containing philosophy and theory, in which the author attempts to tie together all his various theories on different topics which make up the controversial world of the paranormal. Written well and with a lucid manner which will be relief to anyone who dipped their toes into the subject materials before, only to find the surface to be poorly thought out rants and raves, or just badly written and researched pulp parading itself as research. Colin...more
Owen Spencer
Beyond The Occult is an educational and insightful reading experience that deserves serious praise for its uplifting, optimistic, and mood-enhancing messages and advice. However, those who are already aware of spiritual realities and religious truths will likely benefit less from reading this book than individuals with less spiritual knowledge and experience. The target audience seems to be atheists, agnostics, and neurotics. I found myself agreeing with (and benefitting from) most of the inform...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥

I have always had special liking for British thinkers and Colin Wilson comes as my exact answer. He makes philosophy simple and real in our lives, and with him we enjoy the company of Berkley, Plato, Socrates, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and many others. He glides smoothly from philosophy to the paranormal as he takes us by hand to meet Proust eating a bite of madeleine which would revive memories of childhood . This would remind Proust as well as us of the depths of our higher consciousness rig...more
Feb 21, 2011 Lilly added it
will ts an amazing book he wrote when he was 24 years old!!! so o my god i feel like an idiot because i know ts amazing but cant the hell understand t!!! it's complicated !! is it just me or every1 know that!!! i hope that alot of people do not got so i feel ok and not stupid!!
Pupa-ria Ria
it borred the hell out of me. i will certainly not write a book about moments of spiritual exaltation, because it would be restraining the real sensation of these experiences, something you cannot share with words.
Seth T
One of his older works but still a pleasant read with C.W.'s usual flair for intrepid research into the realms beyond.
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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, Hermann Hesse,...more
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