Robert Anton Wilson

He got a bit repetitive post-2000, but his overall body of work (prior to that) has been excellent. Thought-provoking (eccchh) but funny. Highly recommend Schrodingers Cat Trilogy as a first read. Prometheus Rising for Brain Training.

http://www.rawilson.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Anton_Wilson

Fiction

  • The SexMagicians (1973)
  • The Illuminatus Trilogy (1975) (with Robert Shea)
  • Schrodingers Cat Trilogy (1979–1981)
  • Masks of the Illuminati (1981)
  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Autobiographical and philosophical trilogy
  • Cosmic Trigger Trilogy Plays and screenplays
  • Wilhelm Reich in Hell (1987)
  • Reality Is What You Can Get Away With (1992; revised edition—new introduction added—1996)
  • The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1997) Non-fiction
  • Playboy's Book of Forbidden Words (1972)
  • Sex and Drugs: A Journey Beyond Limits (1973)
  • The Book of the Breast (1974)
  • Neuropolitics (1978) (with Tim Leary and George Koopman)
  • The Game of Life (1979) (with Tim Leary)
  • Prometheus Rising (1983)
  • The New Inquisition (1986)
  • Natural Law, or Don't Put a Rubber on Your Willy (1987)
  • Neuropolitique (1988) (with Tim Leary & George Koopman) revision of Neuropolitics
  • Sex Drugs And Magick: A Journey Beyond Limits (1988) revision, with new introduction, of Sex and Drugs: A Journey Beyond Limits
  • Ishtar Rising (1989) revision of The Book of the Breast
  • Quantum Psychology (1990)
  • Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults and Cover-ups (1998) (with Miriam Joan Hill)
  • TSOG: The Thing That Ate the Constitution (2002) Essay collections
  • Email to the universe and other alterations of consciousness (2005) collection of essays and new material
  • Coincidance: A Head Test (1988) essays and new material
  • The IlluminatiPapers (1980) collection of essays and new material
  • Right Where You Are Sitting Now (1983) collection of essays and new material Editor
  • Semiotext(e) SF (1989) (anthology, editor, with Rudy Rucker and Peter Lamborn Wilson)
  • Chaos And Beyond (1994) (editor and primary author)

Many links at DisInfo.

Defines his Belief System or philosophy as Model Agnosticism.

Actually wrote a book called Natural Law (or Don't Put a Rubber on your Willy), which I thought was in favor of such a model. But then I read this excerpt : Natural Law metaphysics can accurately be described as a verbal construct that, like a hypnotist's commands, creates a trance state in which experience is edited out and the verbally-induced hypnotic revery becomes more "real" than sensory-sensual stimuli. Natural Law appears to be a map that does not correspond to any real territory, but like other Idols it becomes almost "real" when the worshipper stares at it long enough with passionate adoration.

1995 "Necessary Heresies" interview

  • Right now I’m more concerned with the future again. I’m working on BrideOfIlluminatus which takes place in 2026, a more congenial place for my mind to roam than the Eighteenth Century. If I live long enough, I hope all my novels will form one continuous saga from 1750, when Bach died and Sigismundo Celine was born, up through the democratic and industrial revolutions, on to Darwin and Nineteenth Century rationalism, then linking in the outbreak of Relativity (Einstein, Joyce, Crowley) in Masks of the Illuminati, jumping forward to the psycehdelic age in Illuminatus and quantum/computer revolutions in Schroedinger’s Cat and then finishing up with my hopes for the future in Bride... After the first Illuminatus! trilogy with Shea, I noticed that some of the negative responses indicated an ignorance, not just of modern science, but of the Enlightenment philosophy of the 18th Century. Many people who can read are still living, mentally, in the dark ages. So thats when I began to think of a series of interconnected novels that would take such readers through all the revolutions of the past two centuries and prepare them for the 21st Century. The reason Sigismundo Celine, in The Earth Will Shake, is born in Naples is because the Inquisition still existed there in 1750. Taking him out of that fanatic Catholic world into the world of French rationalism begins the process of taking the readers from the Age of Aquinas to the Age of Space.
  • I still think that the basic cluster of science, democracy and Welfare Capitalism (or Free Market Socialism – call it what you will) seem stronger than all the other reality-tunnels and will increasingly dominate the next century . . . even more than they have dominated the last two centuries.
  • One of the major revisions in my current seminars (I haven’t published this yet) changes the names of the polarity of the first circuit. Instead of calling the extremes Neophilia and Neo Phobia, I now call them InfoPhilia and InfoPhobia, which I consider more general. I also have started (not always consistently) replacing 8 “circuits” with 8 “systems” because the Eight Circuit Model Of Consciousness metaphor seems a little too electronic and I think humans are more electro-colloidal systems than the electronic models of human “mind” that we find in computers.
  • the living writers whose work especially interests me at present include Douglas Adams, William S Burroughs, who still seems topical no matter how old he gets, TomRobbins, who writes the best sentences of anybody working in English today, GeorgeVHiggins, who sees humans with a wonderful irony and writes the most realistic dialogue I’ve ever seen (even better than Joyce or Hemingway), and a lot of scientist-philosophers who seem to me to be giving us wonderful new ideas and perceptions: RupertSheldrake, Ralph Abraham, TerrenceMcKenna, BarbaraMarxHubbard, the fuzzy logic people, RianeEisler, NickHerbert, Nicholas Negroponte, MarilynFerguson, PeterRusell, FredAlanWolfe . . . and of course, Tim Leary

I attended a half-day event back in the late 80s where he did a spiel on human Knowledge Growth acceleration (see Singularity, though I don't remember whether he used that term), then we did a group session with a Mind Machine.

An amusing bit of his knowledge-increase talk was defining a unit called "The Jesus", where 1 Jesus represented the total amount of human knowledge at 1AD. I have to go back and figure out who his source was for his doubling data (Knowledge Growth). Was it Nick Bontis?

associate editor of Play Boy magazine from 1965 to 1971... edited Playboy Forum (letters to which contained many Conspiracy Theory-s which led to him writing The Illuminatus Trilogy)

Friends with Tim Leary.

Was heavily influenced by General Semantics. Has crossed paths with the Discordian and SubGenius crowds.

Lots of influences/tools: I don't think one system works for everybody. I have found great value in LSD, Aleister Crowley, Reichian (Wilhelm Reich) body work, NLP, brainwave machines (Mind Machine), some Sufi and Yoga exercises, General Semantics etc. Other people will find some of these irksome or stressful. Everybody has to find their own path. Some seem to have found value even in psychoanalysis, but I don't know why. Some even follow Scientology, which puzzles me even more. Different scenes for different genes, different lanes for different brains.

Maybe Logic is a documentary about RAW scheduled for release Mar'03. The producers have put together a library of wilson-related online texts.


Meditation technique

  • Thoth exercise of Gnostics. Imagine vividly the astral field around your body. By imagination and will, change this field into the form of a divinity (Christ, Pan, Krishna, etc.). 10-15min x 2/day.

  • Record sentence "You can be anything you want to be, this time around." 50 times. Altnerate it with custom sentence "I can be ____, this time around." ("positive"?). Play the tape while going through the Thoth exercise.

  • interview - Chiefly, I use it to relax and stop worrying - two things I need to work on these days, due to medical problems afflicting people near and dear to me. I use a combination Sufi listening exercise (which gets you into relaxation and near trance) and Bandler's mighty Mantra, which you repeat every time you start going back into worry or anxiety. The mantra is slow and spaced and it says to the voice of worry, "Shut... the....fuck... up." After a few tries you get very good at making that damned voice shut the fuck up.


R.A.W. is da bomb. The explosion,however,is a place in time in spacetime I will not be able to report to the overall computation in any other way but to fucking and laughing forever then and there.

ignoring awareness leads to stupidity ala castaneda.


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