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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Falcon Publications; Rev Exp edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561841102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561841103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wilson is a Quantum leap." -- Israel Regardie, author of The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic

"Wilson managed to reverse every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity. I was astonished and delighted." -- Philip K. Dick, author of Blade Runner

"The man's either a genius or Jesus." -- Sounds (London)

"Readers with open minds will like his books." -- Psychological Perspectives

"What great physicist hides behind the mask of Wilson?" -- New Scientist

"Erudite, witty and genuinely scary..." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Novelist, teacher and former Playboy editor, Robert Anton Wilson is the author of the Cosmic Trigger trilogy; the Illuminatus! trilogy (with Robert Shea); the Schrodinger's Cat trilogy; the Historical Illuminatus series; Sex, Drugs & Magick; Prometheus Rising; Quantum Psychology; Coincidance; Email to the Universe; and many other works.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on March 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I feel that Wilson might be a genius. He seems to me to be smart enough to realize that his opinion isn't necessarily the best one. He's careful to state that his opinions are just that, OPINIONS. This colors everything he does. {People looking for answers should run screaming the other way.)
This is a set of essays, strung together in a manner that will make you think. His style as an essayist is engaging. In fact, I enjoy his essays more than his novels. Even when I disagree with Wilson (which might very well happen if you read with an open mind), I still find something to think about and consider.
I think that his books are designed to be mind-openers, not mind closers...I actually met a RAW-Dogmatic guy once, and after I finished laughing, tried to show him that (in my opinion) he missed the message.
This seems to me to be a fantastic book. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J.M. Leonard on March 15, 2001
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I think it's impossible for Robert Anton Wilson to write a non-interesting book. (Unfortunately he's gone into virtual retirement since the death of this wife.) While "Trigger III" has very little to do with the first book, (actually none of them have any connection other than title ) it's just a spellbinding read. To me, only RAW can write about what would be considered incidental and trival to most people and just make one gasp at the taken-for-granted mysteries and subtleties of existence. Such as, why IS the Mona Lisa cannonized as a masterpiece while works of equal of vast superioriority not? Here(as in all his books)he absolutely blasts away both materialistic dogma (Carl sagan, CISCOP, politicans)and religious dogma ( all of 'em ).
Wilson is a philosopher who can see the beauty AND the B.S. of life. He intelligently explains having mystical expericences as a STARTING point to exploration, not a new dogma to shove down people's throats. In my opinion, no other writer is better in explaining and exposeing how the world is with more honesty, knowledge and HUMOR. ( This applies to litterally ALL his books, not just CT III)
To my knowledge this is the last book Wilson has released. I sure hope he writes another before he "moves on". His works have literally transfromed me into, I think, a far wiser person. Hopefully for you as well.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neptunesalad on January 7, 1999
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RAW Goes off! In this tightly-bound bundle of essays, he does one of the things he has always done-- He uncovers the masks of perception and boils to the surface a sticky substance made partly of wonder, partly of cynicism, and partly of frustration. I found myself skipping around the book in no particular order until I had read the book three times. Every now and then, I take it off my shelf, and re-read bits of it to rejuvinate my understanding of just how silly we all are, and how much that increases when we begin to take ourselves seriously.
Though he glosses over certain concepts that could merit either their own chapter, or at least a one-line clarification, most fans of UFO's, Secret Societies, Hoaxes, as well as those who enjoy studying the credulous should find endless enjoyment in this insightful, funny, and sometimes touching book from the man who may be dead, and the posthumous victim of a hoax (of himself).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debs Stuff on June 29, 2009
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This should be mandatory reading for everyone! ha ha! Okay everyone with a brain! RAW is awesome and this series is just magical! If there is life on other planets I really hope they grab a copy of this early on in studying humans - especially American Humans. THIS is how history books should be written!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Butterfield on September 26, 2007
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If you enjoyed the first two Cosmic Trigger books, pick this one up. I would recommend reading the first two books initially but you don't have to in order to get a lot out of this one. RAW makes me laugh and think and laugh again. I like to keep a notepad nearby to jot down people, subjects etc. he mentions, for more research later on. His writings have opened up many doors for many people.

I found this third book to be easier to follow and more focused on it's thesis than the previous volumes. For me, reading all three in sequence seemed to work very well. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rhesusmonkeymag@hotmail.com on November 18, 1997
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If you're starving for some new concepts to muttle over in your mind, this is the book for you. RAW delivers once again the best from the guerrilla ontologists world. E-Prime, UMMO, Sagan vs. Velikovski, the masks of EXPERTS, and more. Highly recommended, along with the first book in the series.
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