Friday, April 15, 2016
The 'Prometheus Rising' bonus
Aside from being carefully edited and provided with new covers, the new Hilaritas Press editions of Robert Anton Wilson's work also have bonus material, at least so far. The new edition of Cosmic Trigger has the new introduction by John Higgs, as Charles wrote in Monday's opening post for the Cosmic Trigger online reading group.
I am writing to you from Tulsa, which I consider my hometown. I'm on vacation for a few days. I flew out here from United. I didn't try to pick the seats for my flights; I just let the airline pick them for me. On the flight from Cleveland to Chicago, United seated me in seat 23E. There was no row 23 in the Chicago to Tulsa leg — it was a small plane — so I was placed in row 13.
Anyway, on the Tulsa flight, I looked at the new ebook edition of Prometheus Rising, which I bought a few days ago, because I was curious about the book's "bonus" feature — an afterword by Richard Rasa.
It's my guess that anyone interested in the Eight Circuit model of consciousness will be interested in the question Rasa raises in his essay, "Apprehending Bob Non-Simultaneously," which explores why RAW switched circuits 6 and 7 from one work to another. RAW followed Timothy Leary's original order (in Exo-Psychology) in Cosmic Trigger, but reversed them in Prometheus Rising, before returning to Leary's original order in Quantum Psychology, Rasa explains.
I don't want to give too much away — after all, I want you to buy the book — but I can report that various Doctors of the Church (i.e., members of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust Advisors) weigh in, including Michael Johnson, Eric Wagner, Mike Gathers, David J. Brown, and Toby Philpott.
The new print edition of Prometheus Rising will be out soon; I will note it here when it's released.