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This review is from: The Way of the Explorer, Revised Edition: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds (Paperback)
The first third of the book is pretty straightforward: the story of Mitchell's life and his journey to the moon. A very interesting record of the trip to anybody who loves these things. During the return trip to earth the author experiences a feeling of connectedness to the universe that will change his life. Trying to explain this vision of connectedness becomes his obsession to the point of esablishing the Institute of Noetic Sciences, it's purpose being the study of human consciousness and its place in the universe. The rest of the book is the result of his studies. I do not recommend it to the casual reader for the simple reason that it requires a thick philosophical background to make anything out of it. Some simple introduction to ideas he makes reference to would have been much appreciated. I also have the feeling that Mitchell enjoys using complex language just for the sake of it.
One example of his overly complex style: "Concepts of the Perennial Wisdom emerge, though somewhat differently, when the Great Chain of Being is thought of as information perceived with awareness and given meaning within consciousness by its relationship to other information."
I am also deeply skeptical of his relationship with Uri Geller. Everything that Uri did or said was totally believed in by Mitchell, and this was one of the experimental basis on which he builds his philosophy and theories. Well, just google "Feynman" and "Geller" to see how Feynman debunks the psychic. While I do leave the door open to such phenomena I do not believe this was the case with Uri. Edgar Mitchell makes some bold statements in his book but he is not always convincing.