The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock (book review).

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I have to confess that authors like David Wilcock makes me nervous, mostly because they tend to think that there is some order in chaotic history rather than just seeing it purely as adapting to the chaos that happens.


Seeing Wilcock going over his own history in the opening chapters of ‘The Ascension Mysteries’ would give psychiatrists a field day in making sense of his head. More so as, according to Google but not noted on the book cover, he has a degree in psychology. It’s when he goes into detail about his school life, where bullying can be constant and some friendships are questionable but kept makes some British schools look calm in comparison.

What makes this book tough going is following Wilcock’s drug addiction at school and university and his claims that he wasn’t that addicted. More so, considering that he was tripping a lot, I’m surprised he remembered much of anything, I tended to read this more as a look at the seamier side of American culture that is both unpleasant and nasty, especially when peer pressure is bought into play and people care a little only when you’re caught. Wilcock even admits that drugs made him lose his short term memory so you do have to wonder on his recollections being so accurate.

Then there is a jump when Wilcock returns to his theories that there is something, shall we say, artificial or alien, on the Moon, I do have to wonder if he’s totally broken his school habit. As we’ve seen from photos of Mars where we think we’re seeing a smiley face, it is down to how our heads make sense of shapes. Think about how you see animals in clouds. A perfect square on the Moon does tend to fall under the same kind of categorisation. Angle and even camera distortion can ensure you see far more than what you think there are. Bearing in mind that both America and Russia have photographed the dark side of the Moon, can you honestly say both nations would be in agreement not to reveal it when they are so often at loggerheads?

Likewise, Wilcock muddles himself cross-connecting to a lot of SF films as if the scriptwriters and directors are all coming off the same page with the same information or revelations to incorporate into their films. He tends to forget that the Hollywood system tends to have multiple scriptwriters involved and bearing in mind how it’s hard to keep a secret there for long and more so in the Internet age, I doubt his theories have much credence. Then there are the film inaccuracies. With the 1983 film ‘2010’, ‘what was David Bowman’ didn’t travel down television wires he was just there on the TV screen in his mother’s hospital room. The Cerebro chair used in the ‘X-Men’ films was first used in the comicbooks and I’m sure Stan Lee wasn’t in such a plot as he describes. Wilcock even cites Jack Kirby as being in on what’s going on. If you bear in mind that Kirby’s history has been very thoroughly documented through various publications, then him being involved in a conspiracy would surely have been revealed. The words ‘straws’ and ‘grasping’ come to mind.

My scientific nature tends to click on looking for counter-arguments and none of Wilcock’s claims stand up to the briefest scrutiny. It might be possible for any military to conceal something for a while but quite another for it to be done for decades and across several generations. When you consider how the various American astronauts have orbited the dark side of the Moon, keeping them all quiet would have been a monumental task.

If Wilcock’s claims for alien bases on the Moon was true then all of his sources would have been silenced long ago and he and the sources he uses would have been silenced a long time ago. Even if letting some information out but disowning or ignored it is applied, none of it makes sense when the likes of Wilcock brings in a lot of things that have currently been disproven as part of his theories.

I thought many alien conspiracy theories had had their day and this one really is a very old one because I remember it from back in the 1970s. If anything, I’m rather surprised that Penguin thinks Wilcock’s claims deserved being given shelf space. Reader, beware.

GF Willmetts

August 2016

(pub: Dutton/Penguin. 506 page illustrate indexed hardback. Price: $29.95 (US), $39.95 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-101-98407-9)

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