Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy Robert Anton Wilson Day!

Today is Robert Anton Wilson Day. Time to celebrate!

What to do? Well, you can read the piece John Higgs published in the Guardian on July 23, 2009, to celebrate Happy Maybe Day. You can read about the origin of Robert Anton Wilson Day here (it was officially proclaimed on July 23, 2003, by the mayor of Santa Cruz, Emily Reilly.)

Or you can celebrate by posting a favorite RAW quote in the comments. Here's one I like:

"The Western World has been brainwashed by Aristotle for the last 2,500 years. The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty. I use what in modern physics is called the "multi-model" approach, which is the idea that there is more than one model to cover a given set of facts. As I've said, novel writing involves learning to think like other people. My novels are written so as to force the reader to see things through different reality grids rather than through a single grid. It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is — breaking down this one-model view and giving people a multi-model perspective."

(From Wikiquote).




12 comments:

John Higgs said...

To hard to choose, but lets go for:

"The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental."

John Higgs said...

Or maybe, "Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals."

fuzzbuddy said...

"There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already."

Steve said...

"The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth."


SammyAce23 said...

"All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense."

gacord said...

"We are all hypnotized by our own B.S."

michael said...

"'Reality' is the temporary resultant of continuous struggles between rival gangs of programmers."

"The first step to conscious humanity consists of developing some kind of moral vision unlinked to any gene pool or pools you accidentally get born into."

"'The American people survived one hundred fifty years without secret police opening their mail and tapping their phones," Hubbard said. 'They can survive without it again.'" - The Trick Top Hat, omnibus ed of SCT, p.216

jasonpilley said...

Who shit?

Bob shit.

Bullshit!

BrentQ said...
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BrentQ said...

The Cosmic Schmuck Principle holds that if you don't wake up, once a month at least, and realize that you have been acting like a Cosmic Schmuck again then you will probably go on acting like a cosmic schmuck forever; but if you do, occasionally, recognize your Cosmic Schmuckiness, then you might begin to become a little less Schmucky that the general human average at this primitive stage of terrestrial evolution.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

These are all great. Thank you, everyone.

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