1. What effect did research into the Bavarian Illuminati have on Wilson's life?
As Wilson began researching the Illuminati, he discovered there have been consecutive claims, exposes, and controversies surrounding the organization, and more than one group has claimed the title. He found himself caught in a web of information and misinformation from which it was impossible to extricate himself, including the idea that he himself might be one of the Illuminati and not realize it.
2. How was the experience of Joseph Simonton typical or atypical of UFO contactees?
Joseph Simonton's experience of receiving pancakes from an extraterrestrial being was reported by Wilson as more typical than atypical of the UFO contact stories he researched. For one thing, Simonton believed his story, and there was no evidence impugning the man's veracity. He has not tried to commercialize his experience or exploit it in any way and seemed thoroughly baffled by the whole thing. The pancakes, however, were definitely atypical.
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