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Cosmic Trigger I: Final Secret of the Illuminati Paperback – June 23, 2013
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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 "Erudite, witty and genuinely scary " -- Publishers Weekly "Robert Anton Wilson is one of the leading thinkers of the modern age." --Barbara Marx Hubbard, Committee for the Future "Dazzling the most thrilling tilt-a-whirls and daring loop-o-planes on the midway of higher consciousness." -- Tom Robbins "What great physicist hides behind the mask of Wilson?" -- New Scientist "The man's either a genius or Jesus." -- Sounds (London) "We've needed this for a long time " -- Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer -- Author Reviews
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Wilson uses brilliant narrative devices to be our guide through the Chapel Perilous, the dark gauntlet every true Master passes through to Illumination, a land where previous maps no longer work, where you model your own reality.
When it comes to Illumination, Robert Anton Wilson is your wise cracking guide to keep you "sane" when insanity and misdirection are the perceived reality.
There are so many memorable quotes - my favorite being, "Whatever you believe imprisons you" (p.62) - and fascinating ideas, collections of ideas, implications of such collections, and the playful absurdity of such implications, that it seems each sentence has as much synthesized into it as the average person synthesizes in a lifetime, each page as much as a great person (thinker or doer) may synthesize in a life time, and the whole book perhaps more than a whole species may synthesize in its life...
The section on Leary's 8 neuromental "potential circuits" (p. 197-209) is worth devoting a whole book (or college course) to itself - a truly brilliant synthesis of personal and transpersonal, human and transhuman, understanding and experience - and yet it seems Leary has been ignored and marginalized due to his use of LSD. It's a shame. (Its clear that by making LSD illegal the government stifled its research and use by trained disciplined scientists, driving it instead into a juvenile druggy underground. Not unlike how outlawing the piano would make it so no more Rachmaninoff 3rd's would be written, or even played, but lots of grunge bands would continue to bang on the keys.)
Fortunately for us there are many ways to approach the numinous, LSD being one but not essential. But these kinds of writings ARE essential for helping activate our cosmic triggers, and so take our place in the host of the numinous... Thank you RAW.
"Paul Watzlavik, among others, has performed classic experiments in which totally sane people will begin to behave with all the irrationality of hospitalized paranoids or schizophrenics - just because they have been lied to in a calculated and systematic way. This sort of 'disinformation' matrix is so typical of many aspects of our society (e.g. advertizing and organized religion, as well as government) that some psychiatrists, such as R.D. Laing, claim it is the principal cause of psychotic breakdowns. When the politics of lying becomes normal, paranoia and alienation become the 'normality' of the day. The government, as the principal liar of the 1960's, was, of course, more deluded than anyone else, since its reality-map had become a classic disinformation system. The establishment began looking around for the villains to blame for the escalating social disintegration. Tim Leary got elected, by unanimous acclaim, Villain #1."
Nominations are now open for Villain #1 of this decade. Osama seems to be leading.