The world is changing. Aliens are among us. Time will stop having meaning. Public consciousness will shift from either/or to either/and. These are predictions that David Ian Cowan lays out in Navigating the Collapse of Time as he attempts to integrate 20th and early 21st century discoveries in science with ancient prophecy, alien lore, and modern wisdom.

Amidst a confusing amalgamation of topics, this book is ultimately about time. It is about Cowan’s position that 2012 will mark the end of humanity using time as a measure marker, as we come to understand that time is artificially created and that it inhibits our ability to connect with the universal spirit.

The specifics of how this blockage happens ricochets wildly over topics of concern to the New Age set, drawing on ancient mythologies, modern environmental fears and world politics. For instance, Cowan tells a tale of the aliens of Annunaki. These beings ostensibly showed up in ancient Sumeria to harvest gold and enslaved the human race for their gold-digging. Cowan posits that the Annunaki were taken by humans for their first gods. He goes on to connect these beings with building the pyramids in Egypt, and from there adds several extraterrestrial links throughout history.

While the ideas may be hard to grasp – accepting the possibility of alien overlords now embedded in our DNA and then starting gold mines in Johannesburg is a rough pill to swallow – Cowan does not come off as paranoid or unbalanced. He seems charming. His interpretation of the information he has acquired is simply very strange to the casual reader.

Despite bouncing all over the place from cosmic oneness to the evils of corn syrup, Cowan’s writing is superb. It feels like hanging out with an entertaining hippy friend on a truly creative roll.

Recommended, for entertainment

~review by Diana Rajchel

Author: David Ian Cowan
Weiser Books, 2011
pp. 240, $18.95

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