- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: Falcon Press (January 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941404463
- ISBN-13: 978-0941404464
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati Paperback – January 1, 1986
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One of the deeper "surface" lessons, the one Wilson shouts the loudest and at the same time refuses to do any more than tease you with, is that you have to decide for yourself what to believe -- but that deciding to believe anything limits what you will be able to observe in the world around you. This is heavy stuff, and ground-breaking to the average reader. As such, I've walked away from reading sessions alternately convinced that:
* Wilson is completely serious about all and sundry, straining to persuade you to approach the world with a more open mind; and
* Wilson is shoveling good-sounding but meaningless drivel on his readers for the sole purpose of a good belly laugh.
But even in this he's got a multi-layered agenda. Interpreting the book in line with one of the theories above -- as an earlier reviewer has done, with the former -- goes completely against the point of the book. WILSON IS NOT TRYING TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE. He presents no evidence nor standards of evidence (which the earlier reviewer did correctly note), EXACTLY BECAUSE his entire "surface" thesis is that one must constantly question THEIR OWN beliefs, within their own frameworks and based on their own observations (which the earlier reviewer seems to have missed).Read more ›
This is one of the best books on ontology and the nature of reality for the layman which has ever been written (or at least in the top ten). Please keep in mind, all who would criticise, that just because you yourself were not properly equipped to understand and enjoy this volume, that does not make it drivel. R.A.W., one of the best, at his best.
Rest in peace Mr. Wilson....
In the process of spinning this "theory" Wilson touches on everything from the Illuminati, mythology, religion, psychology, physics, the occult, etc.
This is my first exposure to Wilson and in this book he comes across as highly intelligent and well read, but also very ego-centric and paranoid.
Also, - he makes the excellent point about how our sensory perception is intricately associated with our specific chemical biology - thus hallucinagenic drugs (chemicals) alter our perceptive ability and open us up to perceiving reality in a whole new way. And it's hard not to agree with that up to a point because we, as physical beings, are awash in a cosmic sea of signals, and are only consciously aware of a tiny, tiny percent of all of that information that is around us. However, Wilson, at least in this book, never seems to question the validity of the extra information that is processed when you wack your brain out on drugs and every conceivable occult activity. Nor does he seem to question very seriously the bizarre conclusions he reaches based on this information received.Read more ›
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Excellent and thought provoking investigation into realms not often discussed. The amazing thing is even though it was written a generation ago it is still relevant and freshPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A truly magical work, Robert Anton Wilson, with humor and insight tells us how he came to know the "Final Secret of the Illuminati". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Richards
For anyone who is a fan of RAW (Robert Anton Wilson) this is one you have to check out. Very, very entertaining and insightful.Published 7 months ago by Derek Hunter
Literally one of my top-five most influential books. Love it.Published 7 months ago by Michael Taft
The person who bought this book was very happy with it! He will send for the
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Robert Anton Wilson's autobiographical work gives us an amazing insight into what thinking outside the box really means.Published 10 months ago by CHUK
I'm not going to go too deep into this book, its meaning (according to me) or what it made me think about (loads of people have done so elsewhere) except to say that this is a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. D. Gray