Ferguson, Marilyn (1938– )
New Age publisher, editor, and author. Ferguson was born
April 5, 1938, in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is known for
her best-selling book The Aquarian Conspiracy Personal and SoEncyclopedia
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cial Transformation in the 1980s (1980), touted as ‘‘the New Age
watershed classic.’’ In 1973 she wrote The Brain Revolution, and
her study for the book led her to found a newsletter, the Brain
Mind Bulletin in 1975. Her interest in human potential expanded
through the rest of the decade and into the New Age movement.
She came to believe that society was undergoing a profound
paradigm shift, a change in the basic metaphor used to
explain life. She documented the rationale for her new belief
in The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980), in which she uses a conspiracy
metaphor to postulate a consciousness revolution as distinct
from a political, economic, or religious revolution. Through
this quiet revolution an informal network of enlightened individuals
is creating radical change in modern culture, based on
a greatly enlarged concept of human potential.
Sources
Ferguson, Marilyn. The Aquarian Conspiracy Personal and Social
Transformation in the 1980s. Los Angeles J. P. Tarcher,
1980.
———. The Frontiers of Mind Research. New York Taplinger,
1973.
Ferguson, Marilyn, and Michael Ferguson. Champagne Living
on a Beer Budget. New York G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1968.
Taylor, Peggy. ‘‘Life at the Leading Edge A New Age Interview
with Marilyn Ferguson.’’ New Age 8, no. 1 (August 1982)
30–35, 52–53.