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About Robert Anton Wilson
The Berkeley mob once called Leary and me "the counter-culture of the counter-culture." I'm some kind of antibody in the New Age movement. My function is to raise the possibility, "Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit."
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In his introduction to the book, John Higgs writes,
"What’s remarkable about this previously lost and unpublished-until-now manuscript is not only that RAW puts forward the case for Leary’s ideas, but he does so at the time when Leary’s reputation was at its lowest. The sixties were over, and the paranoia of the 70s had begun. Leary was yesterday’s man, lost somewhere deep within the American prison system, denounced by former friends and rumoured to be snitching on the entire counterculture."
RAW addresses Leary's troubles with insights that will intrigue historians, while also offering delights for those who value Leary's many contributions to various fields in the social sciences. Of particular note is RAW's early description of the Eight Circuits Model of Consciousness, which we learn had been a collaborative effort between the two friends.
The Starseed Signals stands as a unique title in the Robert Anton Wilson canon, offering a revealing and very personal look at the tumultuous early years of the 1970’s. As John Higgs notes, "You get the Timothy Leary you deserve, as we know. But perhaps we also deserve the Timothy Leary that Robert Anton Wilson got."
The Robert Anton Wilson Trust Authorized Hilaritas Press Edition
The great modern classic of a brilliant rebel’s personal exploration into the nature of consciousness
"Cosmic Trigger deals with a process of deliberately induced brain change. This process is called "initiation" or "vision quest" in many traditional societies and can loosely be considered some dangerous variety of self-psychotherapy in modern terminology. I do not recommend it for everybody . . . briefly, the main thing I learned in my experiments is that "reality" is always plural and mutable." - Robert Anton Wilson from the Preface
– Grant Morrison, from his Foreword to Ishtar Rising
⁕ This is the Robert Anton Wilson Trust authorized Hilaritas Press Edition
In Naples, Italy, in 1764, a young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. Through a heartless murder and his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine uncovers the mystery of the Rossi brigade, former M.A.F.I.A. assassins, and the secret agenda of the dreaded Inquisition.
In the wind of the raging social storm that will soon tear through Europe and America with the flame of revolution, Sigismundo begins his journey of discovery, joined by the boy Mozart, Dr. Frankenstein, Casanova the spy, lover and magician . . . and a mysterious violet-eyed assassin who calls him "brother." Join him. The journey has just begun.
"Against the epic backdrop of the French and American revolutions, the inimitable RAW lays bare the secret history of the Enlightenment, while almost casually re-inventing the historical novel in the process. The result is a heady, psychedelic brew of satire, intrigue, magic, high adventure and life-changing philosophy, seasoned with the wry, compassionate humanism which is Wilson's trademark. Astonishing and unforgettable." – Grant Morrison, New York Times best-selling author, Comics Legend, Chaos Magician, creator of The Invisibles and other great graphic novels
"Devilish . . . I loved it!" – Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone
"Hilarious and multidimensional." — L.A. Times
“A SUPER GENIUS . . . He has written everything I was afraid to write.” - Dr. John Lilly, writer, neuroscientist and psychonaut
“One of the leading thinkers of the modern age.” - Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
“A masterful satirist who views history as an open question.” - Brad Linaweaver, Atlanta Constitution
“I have learned more from Robert Anton Wilson than I have from any other source.” - Comedian George Carlin
In this third and final volume, Bob digs even deeper and uncovers the masks of reality and the reality of masks. Warning: this book may reveal more about what is "real" in reality than you might find comfortable!
The ROBERT ANTON WILSON TRUST Authorized HILARITAS PRESS EDITION
– from Douglas Rushkoff's Introduction to The New Inquisition
Everything Is Under Control covers the range of Wilson's kaleidoscopic knowledge, from John Adams to the Voronezh (former Soviet Union) UFO sighting, the Campus Crusade for Cthulhu to the Mothman prophecies, and everything in between. What do the Freemasons, the Kennedys, and Princess Diana have in common? All are at the center of gigantic conspiracy theories with incredibly complex and endlessly multiplying twists, turns, highways and byways. Arranged by alphabetical entries which include cross-references to other entries in the book and also provide addresses to related sites on the Web, this book is truly interactive--you can dip in, read through, or follow one of the URLs from an interesting entry onto the internet.
What some famous people say about Robert Anton Wilson:"A dazzling barker hawking tickets to the most thrilling tilt-a-whirls and daring loop-o-planes on the midway to higher consciousness."
"Wilson managed to reverse every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity."
--Philip K. Dick
"One of the most important scientific philosophers of his century--scholarly, witty, scientific, hip and hopeful."
--Dr. Timothy Leary