Brown, Courtney
Courtney Brown, a professor of political science who has become
known for his interest in UFOs and remote viewing, was
born in the mid-1950s. He attended Rutgers University, where
he majored in English. Following graduation in 1974, he
earned his graduate degrees in political science from San Francisco
State University (M.A., 1979) and Washington University
in St. Louis, Missouri (Ph.D., 1982). He taught at the University
of California at Los Angeles for two years (1984–86) before
joining the faculty at Emory University in 1986. Along the way
he had taken the basic course in transcendental meditation, a
practice he continues to the present.
Quite apart from his expertise in political science, Brown
developed an interest in what he terms ‘‘nonlinear interdependencies
in human affairs,’’ and in 1995 completed a book, Serpents
in the Sand Essays in the Nonlinear Nature of Politics and
Human Destiny. He also developed an interest in remote viewing,
a form of clairvoyance. In 1995 he also founded the Farsight
Institute, which happened to coincide with the revelations
of Project STAR GATE, the government-sponsored research
on parapsychology that centered on remote viewing. It was the
claim of the researchers that they had discovered a new perspective
on psychic perception that could be taught to anyone
and that offered more accurate results.
Brown was trained as a remote viewer by Edward Dames
(who worked with the remote viewers at Project STAR GATE)
of PSI-TECH, and also took courses at the Monroe Institute
of Applied Sciences. Having mastered remote viewing, in
March of 1996 Brown began to teach it at the institute. The current
program offering is in Scientific Remote Viewing, which
he describes as a trainable procedure that allows the person to
extract data for distant locations and across time. The shifting
of awareness occurs while in the waking state and does not involve
Brown himself has produced two books from his experiences
in remote viewing, Cosmic Voyage A Scientific Discovery of
Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth (1996) and its sequel, Cosmic Explorers
Scientific Remote Viewing, Extraterrestrials, and a Message
for Mankind (1999). In these books he asserts that Martians now
live among us and seek out help, and that the television series
Star Trek was inspired by aliens as a means to prepare humanity
for contact with extraterrestrials. In material that resembles
channeling, he also claims contact with Jesus, Buddha, and
Guru Dev (the Guru of Maharishi Mehesh Yogi, who brought
transcendental meditation to the West).
Brown’s opinions inadvertently led to his involvement in an
unfortunate affair in 1997. In November of 1996, he was a
guest on the Art Bell Show, a late-night radio show that features
interviews with people who espouse a variety of psychic experiences.
That evening the question arose of a photograph of the
recently discovered Hale-Bopp comet. The photo seemed to
show a white circular object following the comet. Brown stated
emphatically that the object was a spacecraft. As it turned out,
Brown’s statement found its way to a small group of believers
in San Diego, California, who were looking for a spaceship to
arrive and carry them away from Earth. Their belief in his statement
became one factor leading to the mass suicide of the
Heaven’s Gate group at the spring equinox. Brown was, of
course, in no way responsible for the suicide; his statement just
happened to fit into their worldview.
Brown, Courtney. Cosmic Explorers Scientific Remote Viewing,
Extraterrestrials, and a Message for Mankind. New York Dutton,
———. Cosmic Voyage A Scientific Discovery of Extraterrestrials
Visiting Earth. New York Dutton, 1996. Reprint, New York
Onyx Books, 1997.
Perkins, Rodney, and Forrest Jackson. Cosmic Suicide The
Tragedy and Transcendence of Heaven’s Gate. Dallas Penteradial
Press, 1997.