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Over 10 years ago, I discovered that I could save MSword documents as html files and upload them to my ISP user home page, and RAWilsonFans was born out of the alt.fan.rawilson FAQAFUQ (Frequently Answered Questions and Frequently Unanswered Questions), the Crowley article from The Realist, and The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy mp3s I liberated from Napster. Marc “elmyr” Lutter developed the original FAQAFUQ with the help of many of the alt.fan.rawilson regulars back around 1999-2000 and I always felt it needed a more prominent presence on the web. Over the years, I’ve received contributions from a variety of folks across the infosphere and wish I had kept better records on all that. Wilson-heads Eric Wagner and Michael “RMJon23” Johnson deserve special mention for their extensive help, advice, and contributions, and now RAW blogger Tom Jackson deserves a shout-out for his recent efforts in analog to digital conversion.
A few years ago, Joseph Matheny began hosting this site on the Alterati servers, and now he has converted the base site to this new platform. With the new platform, we’ve gone through and updated all the links and content, and added a wealth of new material that has emerged over the past year or two. Take a look around and fnord.
It has been a long while since this site has had an update and many of the links below may have already crossed your path.
One of the most requested items (2nd only to The Sex Magicians) I’ve had over the years is the Mystic Fire movie Borders, with Steve Buscemi, which has only very recently been uploaded to YouTube in one full, uncut video by the prolific RAWarchive channel.
I’ve completed and published a long anticipated index of the Realist Archive Project.
If you’ve never been to Tom Jackson’s RAW Illumination blog, set aside some time prior to venturing into the featured contents including a dozen new essays, two new interviews, and a handful of collected letters.
Other videos incude the Prophets Conference from Dec, 2000 and a gig with Leary from 1998 in LA. Meanwhile, 3 new interviews have been added to the roster: Obscure Research Interview 1991, Rabbit Warren Report 1997, and Future Life Interview, Sept 1981.
Last but not least, we have an audio interview on Finnegans Wake and Joseph Campbell.
Scott writes a series of three posts on Wilson including a round about discussion on Wilson’s influence on comic books.
In honor of the 5th anniversary of Wilson’s departure from the physical plane, Boing-Boing is celebrating RAW Week with contributions and remembrances by Paul Krasner, Douglas Ruskoff, Antero Alli, Jay Kinney, R.U. Sirius, Erik Davis, Ivan Stang, Richard Metzger, David Jay Brown, RAW blogger Tom Jackson, and more.
The RU Sirius Show, #78: Robert Anton Wilson Lives! with Lance Bauscher and Eric Wagner.
“We talk about the great writer/ philosopher/ prankster Robert Anton Wilson with Lance Bauscher, director of the documentary “Robert Anton Wilson – Maybe Logic” and the force behind the “Maybe Logic Academy.” And we talk to Eric Wagner, author of “An Insider’s Guide to Robert Anton Wilson.” And best of all, Bauscher brought in some reading/performances from the upcoming audio book version of The Illuminatus Trilogy!, which will be released by his Deepleaf Production company.”
I’ve recently noticed “as if for the first time” that when people pray they always look “upward” — i.e. perpendicular to whatever place they’re standing — or kneeling or groveling. I deduce that they conceive of their “god” as topologically isomorphic to a huge donut, about a thousand miles wider than Earth.
[Of course, if people ever pray at the north or south poles, this would have to change; then “god” would become isomorphic to a hollow sphere.]
When I raised this issue in a blog recently, Paul Krasner asked “Does this mean that the pledge of allegiance should be changed to ‘one nation inside god’?”
Not necessarily. Although the Bible and Koran always speak of their god as “above,” Christians, Jews and Moslems can either accept what their rituals imply — a donut god — or return to a flat Earth….
Giambatista Vico, “the father of sociology”, suggested in The New Science that Thunder historically underlies the “god” idea; the Noisy Thing roaring in the sky , seemingly in rage, had to be appeased. Sometimes lightning came from that roaring monster, and sometimes lightning killed somebody. Hence Zeus bronnton [Zeus the thunderer], Jupiter, another thunder god; Thor, Donner, whose very name means thunder; etc…. and Yahweh….. and Allah…… Joyce uses this god=thunder equation repeatedly in Finnegans Wake [which drove me to read Vico…]
I have also observed that thunder on the sound-track — signalling oncoming tragedy or horror — appears in films as diverse as those of Orson Welles, James Whale, Howard Hawks, Wes Craven, Monty Python etc etc…. Listen for it and note how bloody often it pops up…… especially in thrillers….
The monotheistic idea implies a cruel and grumpy old electric donut surrounding Earth and ever threatening it.
I think this explains the “structural unconscious” or inarticulate neurosemantics of Bozo, Ariel Sharon and Osama bin Laden equally. They’re all heaping up human sacrifices, as at Stonehenge, to Him Who Thunders From On High.
Welcome. Together we will explore Maybe Logic and Quantum Psychology with the goal of teaching us to know a great deal less and suspect a great deal more, as we move from unreal certitudes to existential uncertainty.
THE DEATH OF TSARISM: Faith-based vs. research-based orientations
The end of certitude as indicated by physics, pragmatism, existentialism, ethnmomethodology, general semantics, instrumentalism, and transactional psychology. In the Course Discussion Forum, practise in writing e-prime instead of English.
Do some online research into the schools of thought listed above and discuss your findings and observations in the Quantum Board.
Quantum Psychology: Fore-Words pg. 11-21; E and E-Prime pg. 97-110
We only have one rule in this area of cyberspace —
If you can’t achieve tolerance, at least attempt courtesy.
Open your neurons, take a deep breath, and come on in.
–Robert Anton Wilson
Read BLACK MAGICK AND CURSES
and discuss in Board
Read chapters 1-3 of Quant Psych & do the exercizes
Skip exercizes at end of chapter 3. Replace with:
For 5 minutes Monday try to sense all experience as
occuring within yr pineal gland [“third eye”]
Increase to 6 minutes Tuesday & Wednesday
increase to 10 minutes Thursday Friday Saturday
If panic or anxiety result, STOP at once
Discuss exercizes in Quantum Board
First of all, consider the notion that you don’t really
have a head. Use the method of Radical Empiricism
pioneered by the Scots philosopher David Hume [whom this method led
to doubt the existence of David Hume.]
Most people will tell you that you do have
a head, but empiricism condemns that as hearsay.
You can see your head in a mirror? You can see dozens
— scores — hundreds of heads, in various sizes
and colors, in various kinds of mirrors,
including “distorting” mirrors in Fun Houses. How do you know
which mirrors “distort” the most? Such “evidence” creates
confusion, not conviction. Or will you go back to majority
You can reach up and feel your head? You can only grope
around a nonverbal event, lumpy in front and usually hairy
in back which opinion and hearsay dub a “head.”
Opinion and hearsay once pictured Earth as flat.
If you haven’t lost faith in your “head” yet, recall the
exercize in which we found all impressions seemed
to reduce to tingling sensations in the pineal gland. Or read
ON HAVING NO HEAD: ZEN AND THE REDISCOVERY OF
THE OBVIOUS by Douglas Harding, Inner Directions, 2002
Now read chapters 4, 5 and 6 and do such exercizes
as do not require thee group to meet in one room in
geospace. I strongly recommend adapting Exercize 4 in
Chapter 4, using 13 items found around the house
For those with the fortitude to attempt 2 books in 8
weeks, read pp 1-50 of THE EARTH WILL SHAKE
and try to list ALL the unquestioned assumptions
that inspired Sigismundo Celine’s decision to murder
Carlo Maldonado. When [and only when]
totally convinced that the
list runs to infinity, you may stop.
If quantum theory has not profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it.
Your theory sounds crazy, but I don’t think it’s crazy enough to be true.
Read Chapters 1 & 2 of Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert
Read Chapters 7-10 of Quantum Psychology
Do exercizes: chapter 7 Exercize 11; chap 8, all; 9, all; 10,1.
Cuss and/or discuss in Quantum Board
Other questions for discussion:
Which of Dr Herbert’s 8 models makes more sense to you?
Which of his 8 models seems craziest?
Whatever you say a thing “is,” it is not.
Thee menu is not the meal.
–Alan Wilson Watts
Read & discuss chapters 11 to 13 of Quantum Psychology.
Try whatever exercizes appeal to you
Read & discuss THE DEADLY DONUT
For those who want more work:
Continue THE EARTH WILL SHAKE to page 233
and discuss how the Spanish, English & French reality-tunnels expand Sigismundo beyond the Neapolitan reality-tunnnel into a “quantum” reality-labyrinth.
Week 6: BUT I SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES
This week I want to emphasize why I call this course Quantum PSYCHOLOGY, not Quantum Philosophy.
I suggest — no, I urge and implore — that you all re-read my essay on blessings and curses, before going ahead and then reading Chapters 14 to 17 of Quantum Psychology.
Contemplate these questions:
Do all perceptions contain conceptions?
Nietzsche considered us all artists; how about considering us all magicians?
Do ideas, emotions and perceptions exist in different “worlds”
[as they do in traditional occidental neurosemantics]
or do they function as seamless parts of one circular feedback system of the organism-as-a-whole?
Discuss these perspectives and whatever exercizes in QP 14-17 seem worth your time.
Think of analogs to the farmer and the thief in your own experience, or in books or movies.
Week 7: INFINITY IN A GRAIN OF BRAIN
The Door of the Law conceals Schrodinger’s Cat?!
And Einstein’s Mouse??!
And even Wigner’s Friend!!!!??
Read text and do Exercizes in chapters 18-20 of Quantum Psych.
ESPECIALLY the exercize for Chapter 19
read pp 1-50 of INFO-PSYCHOLOGY.
Cuss and/or discuss.
WEEK 8: Subtracting from the Universe
First, I’d like to thank you all. This has seemed the brightest class so far, and I’ve enjoyed you and your contributions.
This week finish Quantum Psychology and discuss the last chapters. Also, feel free to discuss anything else from the text or course.
Consider if two or more of the quantum models might work better than one of them alone. I myself find it easy to combine the Non-local model with the Copenhagen Interpretation, in the sense that the Non-local model seems the best right now but, I still remain a Copenhagenist in the sense that the best model as of 2005 will probably not seem the best model in 2010, in 2050 or 2100.
My last sentence in Quantum Psychology [from Crowley] defining Dao as the result of subtracting the Universe from itself now appears to me less useful than defining Dao as the result of subtracting the hardware of the Universe from the Software. What do think? And how does this apply to Info-Psychology?
For those of you who would like to finish Info-Psychology and The Earth Will Shake, please do so and discuss as you see fit in the Forum.
I love you guys and gals –