Project Mindshift

by Michael Mannion

M. Evans and Company, Inc, N.Y., 1998, 304 pages, Price $19.95

The subtitle of this book is "the reeducation of the American Public Concerning Extraterrestrial Life 1947-Present." The author is a professional health writer associated with the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (FIONS) which Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut is a founding member. The premise of the book is that the nation and eventually the world is undergoing a mindshift or paradigm shift. A paradigm is the beliefs shared by members of a given community. The question the author asks is 'Is the American government helping or hindering this mindshift concerning UFOs? The author has interviewed several leading Ufologists for their views on this. There is no general consensus of opinion. Among those interviewed are Edgar Mitchell, Dr. John Mack of Harvard, Stanton Friedman, the physicist, abduction experts Budd Hopkins and Dr. David Jacobs, Raymond Fowler, Don Berliner and Michael Lindermann. The question is asked if the media and Hollywood films are helped or influenced by government agents to present a particular point of view toward UFOs? Most of those interviewed by Mannion didn't think so. A chapter in the book is devoted towards depiction's of aliens and UFOs in American movies.
Regardless of who or what is directing the mindshift, it does seem Americans now are more receptive to the concept of UFOs, extraterrestrial life and government cover-ups. An interesting quote is from physicist Max Planck (page 259) "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it". A similar concept is Schopenhauer's Three Stages of Truth (page 272) "First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident". That Americans are now conditioned to the concept of UFOs and alien life is self-evident. The most popular Hollywood movies, "E.T.", Close Encounters, Men In Black, Independence Day all deal with UFOs and government cover-ups as does the TV series "The X-Files."
Project Mindshift is a thought provoking book about our changing attitudes towards extraterrestrial life.