Colin Wilson Essays

He had invited us to be in the audience at a live programme of psychic phenomena, hosted by David Frost, entitled ‘Beyond Belief’.

Colin was one of the experts employed to explain the mysteries which unfolded during the course of the programme.

The delegates were treated to many audio extracts from these journals during the paper., presented the next paper on a writer about whom Colin Wilson had much to say over the years: H. After a short coffee break, Lindsay Siviter, who, as a trained historian, has worked in various museums around the UK including Scotland Yard’s famous Black Museum, and is an expert on Jack the Ripper, took the delegates on an entertaining chronological guide to Colin Wilson the ‘Ripperologist’ (a term he, apparently, coined).

The final paper in the morning session was given by Nigel Bray.

Of course, the occult and the esoteric, along with paranormal research, is often rejected by the scientific mainstream, and to bring all these subjects together to shed some light on an already difficult subject would seem, to most, entirely illogical.

To begin to understand Wilson’s update of existentialism – the philosophy defined most famously by the French philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus – is to then understand the trajectory of all of his life’s work.

In this paper he argued, very convincingly, that , delivered the last paper.

He chose, not surprisingly, to speak on Colin Wilson’s transcendental theory of evolution in an attempt to provide a link between recent scientific research and Colin Wilson’s ideas.

The proceedings concluded, many of the delegates retired to my house near Trent Bridge to continue the debate fuelled by some good wine.

It was here that the guest of honour, Joy Wilson, was presented with a framed artist’s caricature of her late husband.

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  1. The exact nature of such representations remains unclear, but they are likely similar to the mental maps we create of terrain—such as mountains and trails—and of man-made physical spaces, such as apartments and offices.