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Colin Wilson Tribute Page

 

Author and philosopher Colin Wilson died in December of 2013, leaving a legacy of incredible books. He was most famous for his works on the Occult, which skeptics would consider ironic for someone who started life interested in Science. He also covered strange anomalies, true crime and matters of spirituality and human development. He believed that mankind was destined to develop psychic powers as a natural part of the evolutionary process, an idea that scientists (so in love with the idea of evolution in general) found ludicrous.

Despite one’s opinion of Wilson’s core beliefs, he produced an impressive body of work that is intelligent as well as enjoyable to read. He is listed as one of Britain’s “Angry Young Men” — a notable group of socially progressive writers with working class backgrounds and outsider status that included such literary luminaries as Harold Pinter, Kingsley Amis and Kenneth Tynan, whose work in the Beat era helped fuel the wheels of change in the 1960s.

Wilson was skewered by skeptical critics like Martin Gardner for his unapologetic “gullibility” regarding Uri Geller, who they roundly dismissed as a fraud. Geller’s critics routinely attacked anyone who dared vouch for him, rejecting any testing of his powers on various pretenses. In 1974, William E. Cox organized a committee within the Society of American Magicians to ‘investigate false claims of ESP’. Geller was tested by Cox, who was impressed by some positive test results which his scrutiny could find no fraud. For example, William E. Cox held a robust key with one finger on a table and watched as it bent with Geller in view, and noticed no trickery.

Any readers interested in the Occult, True Crime, the Paranormal and similar subjects who have not checked out Colin Wilson’s work are cheating themselves. As a serious writer of Metaphysical subjects he ranks with Nandor Fodor, Charles Fort, John Keel, and Gregory Little (People of the Web).

Colin Wilson Obituary