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Forbidden Science - Volume Two Hardcover – March 2, 2017
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Vallee also discusses with an insider's knowledge why the various major UFO organizations of the 1960's and early 70's gradually fell apart, with personal insights about many of the "major players".
For those interested in the origins of the Internet, natural-language databases, electronic conferencing, and *especially* the political wrangling that takes place in companies faced with a paradigm shift from technology and why systems ultimately do or don't get accepted, this is a goldmine.
Vallee also corrects a lot of misinformation that has circulated as fact for years in technical circles. As he points out, most of the people writing about the early history of modern computers, networking and the Internet were children when a lot of these things occurred and a lot of facts have been obscured by myths. For instance, the computer mouse was not developed at Xerox PARC, it was developed almost a *decade* earlier.
It is also fascinating to see Vallee's 30-year old comments about how "some day there will be electronic networking communities and people will form social networks through computers". But then, again, as he points out, some people told him ... "Nah, that's never gonna happen."
Vallee also discusses quite a bit about military psychic research about remote viewing, psychokinesis, efforts to kill by "thought" power, etc. He points out that the U.S. military was concerned about the possibility that someone with telekinetic powers could trigger a nuclear weapon.
I was also quite surprised how many famous people Vallee didn't simply meet but got to be fairly friendly with, including Anton Levay, Timothy Leary, Ira Einhorn, Doug Engelbart, Uri Geller, Andria Puharich and many others.
On p485, the author muses "A diary is the record of an age...history is a set of harmonious curves, while a diary plots individual points around the curve, precisely," an excellent summary. Within these pages are detailed narratives recording Vallee's involvement with the remote viewing and psi-research programs at SRI (financed by the CIA) and his dealings with people like Ingo Swann, Uri Geller and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell; his continuing relationships with people like Allen Hynek, Peter Sturrock and Aime Michel; the invention of the computer mouse (by Vallee's colleague Douglas Engelbert) and development of networks from which grew the internet; and observations about political and societal trends in the USA and Europe. Vallee also gets to know Steven Spielberg, with whom he discusses the alien-contact scenario postulated in the film `Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (Spielberg based the character played in the film by Francois Truffaut on Vallee himself, and invited Jacques and Janine to the premiere).
California in 1970 was at the leading edge of the `hippie movement' summarised by Vallee as "...an age that defied all conventions but failed miserably to set new standards" (p463). Jacques was definitely not a fan of `mind-expanding drugs' or of the `sexual revolution':
"As revolutions go, this one is pathetic. America struggles with an emotional heritage heavy with puritanical repression...history is full of examples of morally permissive political dictatorships...I see the US moving in a short time from hypocritical puritanism to hypocritical promiscuity" (p39).
Working with computer networks in Northern California in the early 1970s, Vallee was at the forefront of the IT revolution and surrounded by cyber-visionaries who foresaw the internet age 20 years ahead of its actuality:
"This project prefigures a network-based society which will not be attained for another 10, 20 or 30 years...Engelbart's vision is of instantaneous exchanges over wires of intelligence, of a vast pool of information available to everyone..." (p123)
Jacques discourses warmly on family matters and his children as they grow up, recounts many anecdotes of life in North California during these years and the Vallees' various house moves, and his extensive travels to Europe and elsewhere.
`FS volume 2' also contains accounts of the author's personal experiences of telepathy and prophetic dreams and a great deal of material about his investigation of cults and esoteric movements including the Rosicrucians, `Bo and Peep', Melchizedek and the life and work of British occultist Aleister Crowley. Don Hanlon, who in Chicago in the 1960s introduced Vallee to the idea that some aspects of the UFO phenomenon superficially resembled Marian apparitions and traditional European fairy tales (the source material for PtM) became a disciple of Crowley and stimulated Vallee's interest in this whole area of human experience, later explored in his 1979 book `Messengers of Deception'. Vallee admits his own exploration of the UFO phenomenon has gone up a blind alley but retains a refreshingly open mind:
"...my search, so far, has been a failure. If I ever lose everything, I hope to keep one thing the longest, namely the ability to doubt my own theories, question my own beliefs" (p281).
With detailed accounts of `The Invisible College' and the contemporaneous `Edge of Reality' projects, FS2 is almost - but not quite - up to the page-turning standard of FS1. Unfortunately Vallee's scorn for those who don't completely share his views (which turns out to be just about everybody) shines a little too strongly, and towards the end of these journals the arrogance - there's no other word for it - frankly becomes tiresome. For this reason I would award this second volume four stars instead of five, but its 491 pages still make for a deeply engaging and (mostly) intelligent, thought-provoking read.
On one of Aime Michel's visits to the Vallees in California, we learn of his far-sighted vision of an internet-dominated future and the only viable life-philosophy of how to deal with it:
"Aime said the only good strategy in life was to know and participate, to share in the knowledge, and then retire in silence and denial to some faraway place, turning inside, refusing to adapt: `In the information-rich world, the only people who will survive will be the invisibles, the very poor, and those who cannot or will not communicate'" (p137) - from a 2013 perspective, this looks prophetic indeed.