Thursday, September 25, 2014

Adam Gorightly on Week 30 of the Illuminatus online reading group

Adam Gorightly weighs on on Week 30 of the Illuminatus! online reading group. 

He traces the origin of the word "Fnord" to the fourth edition of the Prinkipia Discordia and publishes more Discordian documents from his apparently very large stash.

My favorite document this time was a Gnostica newsletter which offers a bio on Robert Anton Wilson, explaining that he describes himself as either a Transcendental Agnostic or an Experimental Theologian. I like this bit:

"All I know is that I know nothing," he says. "My value, such as it is, lies in the capacity to transfer this Negative knowledge to others very powerfully and directly, so that all may become aware that the Universe and the Mind (which may be identical) are, as biologist J.B.S. Haldane finally admitted, 'not only queerer than we think, but queerer than we can think.' In this queerness or spookiness, directly known, is the key to liberation from all dogma, all despair and all fashionable doom-mongering." 

2 comments:

Arthur Hlavaty said...

Sounds kind of like Socrates.

Oz Fritz said...

Wise words. I like his description as an Experimental Theologian.