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Friday, October 15, 2010

An interesting letter from RAW

Michael Johnson has called my attention to a letter written by Robert Anton Wilson that is quite useful to to understanding RAW's thought. The undated letter written to Kurt Smith, posted at, defends himself against the charge that Wilson is a solipsist. The letter concludes with "DO NOT USE THESE PAGES AS TOILET TISSUE. THIS MAY BE AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL DOCUMENT." A good joke, but honestly, I think it is an important document, at least for us. Dr. Johnson advises, "Read that letter for a couple of days every month and see what you make of it."


Anonymous said...

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Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Thanks, Arthur, broken link has been fixed. I've turned off the word verification setting. We'll see how that goes.

Eric Wagner said...

Very interesting letter. This comes from a period in Bob's life just before his thinking reached it richest period, in my opinion. In the next few years he got deeper into E-Prime, and I think this improved his writing and his thinking.