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Prometheus Rising Paperback – May 23, 2016
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The Robert Anton Wilson Trust Authorized Hilaritas Press Edition
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"The funniest, most incisive social critic around." - Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade
"Robert Anton Wilson is one of the leading thinkers of the modern age." - Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
"Erudite, witty and genuinely scary " - Publishers Weekly
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The Berkeley mob once called Leary and me "the counter-culture of the counter-culture." I'm some kind of antibody in the New Age movement. My function is to raise the possibility, "Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit."
- Publisher : Hilaritas Press, LLC.; Second Edition (May 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 321 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692710604
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692710609
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.73 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
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While this is not a "how to" book, it is a sort of "why it is" book and, frankly, I can't see any flaws in the reasoning. The "Circuit Theory" starts to break down a bit once it reaches the seventh and eighth levels, but everything from Circuit one to four is pretty much dead on.
I've only read a few books that I "could not put down" and had to finish as quickly as possible, and this was one of them.
If your looking to never look at yourself or another human being the same way, this is the book for you. Makes fun of itself and others. Speaks no Absolute Truth, only apparent truths and models. I can honestly guarantee you will grow as a domesticated primate to a slightly enlighten primate if you can read this with an open mind.
The new edition reads differently iirc from the older one, in that the spacing of sentences and paragraphs lead to an easier read to complex subjects. Instead of large paragraphs, each thought is separated.
The book arrived in pristine condition and the re-read was just an enjoyable as the first time around. Even moe so, as the concepts are able to promote different tangents of thought no matter how many times you read.
More succinct and model oriented in comparison to Carl Jung’s essay on syncronicity; less extravagant and less subjective than reading any mystical explanation of “the self”.
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As Wilson moves on to describe his model of the higher 'circuits' of consciousness (5-8), it becomes more obvious that this book was based on his PhD thesis. It is full of references appropriate to such a thesis but rather obscure to the general reader. The unspoken assumption that runs through his ideas is that all matter is conscious in its own right and that this can be experienced (though not easily!) at the levels of the body, the brain, the DNA and finally quantum particles - an inverse relationship of ever expanding consciousness associated with smaller and smaller phycial entities. If this is a bit of a stretch for some readers, remember Wilson's own caveat: the map is not the territory. This is just another map. Everything from the great or ancient religions to sweeping political movements and science are all just maps and models.
My quibble with Wilson, and the reason for the missing star, is that he makes no accommodation for human imagination, fantasy or creativity on any of his circuits. He argues that in the creation of our own individual reality tunnels "we are all greater artists than we realise" but this is no substitute for the deliberate acts of creation so integral to and beloved by the human animal. He makes no mention of love either which makes his map a rather cold one. Of course, if you choose to adopt Wilson's map as your own you can simply add these elements in, for it then becomes yours to do with as you please.
It largely seems to be a re writing or re interpretation of previous spiritual and occult practices, combined with ideas of previous respected heavy guns in philosophy. In fact, Wilson, says the idea he is expounding "is" what they meant, b ut didn't have the language or scientific knowledge to get to.
Some interesting re looks at ideas, dogmatic in place with some pretty poor examples (at times) used to illustrate his points. He is a bit dogmatic at points and we could do with a little bit more on the concept and a little less of his political views. He tends to use people he clearly does not like, as examples of "lower" sorts. A bit of a re edit could help it too.
It seems like a lighter re interpretation of other idea and philosophies, for the average person, with enough jargon thrown in to make it seem loftier and more academic and complex, than it actually is. This is compounded by his emperor's new clothes tone and statements that the lower sort won't get his book, that struck me as a bit unnecessary and that the author was better than such cheap and obvious tricks. There is a bit too much sarcasm and sneering, these being tricks to make up for lack of substance, I have found.. as is the use of jargon. To be fair, in such an area some jargon is necessary.
I would have liked him to go a bit more in depth and methodically through the circuits. A re look at ancient and older concepts from a more modern perspective is enjoyable and something we interested in the area shoudl do.
There is also a lack of self awareness you would imagine a book that was written, then edited, would not contain i.e. the author would see where they exhibited this. The get out of "this is of course my own reality tunnel" does not get him off the hook here.
In saying that, I found it a valuable read and I will definitely take something for myself from it, I think I may re read it. It seems funny to see such high praise and some pretty reactionary attacks on the work though. They seem, largely, emotionally driven, rather than scientifically or analytically... and, as mentioned above, he has attached a certain superiority to those who praise and say they get his idea.. ironically, as he talks about this very attitude in the book.
Yes, a re read of it is in order.
Combining aspects of psychology, philosophy, quantum physics and entertainment, Wilson provides a series of instructions by which the reader may awaken themselves to a liberation of the self and advance their being towards a state of control over their reality tunnels.
Every student of self-advancement, alchemy, left-hand path systems and life on the whole will enjoy and benefit from reading this work.
Not all gurus deserve investigation.