Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything - Or, Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance
(Courtesy of Kill Ugly Radio)
Our favorite stand-up philosopher managed to escape this penal colony plane of existence recently after a long bout with Post-Polio Syndrome, so I have dug this gem out and have been listening to it lately. RAW’s Cosmic Trigger series, as well as the Illuminatus Trilogy really warped my perceptions of reality for good. This is a rip of my six tape set available in the late eighties, so there’s an appropriate amount of tape artifacts or the occasional wow and flutter. On the whole, it sounds pretty good though.
Tape 1: The Life and Times of Robert Anton Wilson
Traces Pope Bob’s childhood, formative years, Catholic rearing (pun
intended), his lifelong love of James Joyce via an interview.
Warning: Side B has a great example of twisted tape syndrome, wherein a
small chunk of it plays backwards. Don’t worry, it’s in a very
appropriate place, as you’ll hear!
Tape 2: Language and Reality
Incorrigible optimist Bob explores how language shapes our perceptions
of the world, or how our reality tunnels are formed. He discusses
Korzybski and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and other modes of thought
Tape 3: Techniques for Consciousness Change
Bob discusses various methods for obtaining various states of
consciousness as well as LSD, Sensory Deprivation and Leary’s Eight
Circuit model of consciousness and how to reprogram them.
Tape 4: Politics and Conspiracy Theory
How trying to unravel the big control conspiracy can both drive you mad
and how the more you learn about it, the less plausible, yet undeniably
‘real’ it all becomes. Also how dogmatic religions tend to have their
own, unique conspiracy theories.
Tape 5: The Acceleration of Knowledge
Live lecture on the doubling of information and how it seems to be
occurring at an increasing interval and where Bob thinks we’re headed.
A- Religion for the Hell of it
B- The New Inquisition
Hilarious and enlightening two-part lecture in Boulder Co., where Bob
rails against all stripes of fundamentalism and the rigid, Aristotalian
mind-set, as well as the hardcore skepticism of fundamental materialists
(with their mantra of ‘it’s only a coincidence, it’s only a
coincidence!’) . Also, the rabbit-UFO connection revealed at last.