Top positive review
Wilson being serious-ish
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
I became a fan of Robert Anton Wilson after reading the Illuminatus Trilogy, which is by far the most mind bending bible of literal bull**** I have read in my life. The themes and scenarios depicted in the book were some of the most thought provoking and out there ideas I have ever taken from a novel. That being said it was a novel, and primarily just for ****s and giggles. This book however is more informative and definitely shows more of RAWs idealogies, which I'm sure anyone who has read The Illuminatus and liked it might be curious of. The book essential debriefs on 8 circuits of consciousness humans can, potentially, climb through as they grow and become more aware in life. The model is adopted from Dr. Timothy Leary, as he gives credit to in the book, but he does say and acknowledge that he applies his own thought to its interpretation. The concept of the 8 consciousness circuits definitely gives some strong insight onto the behavior of much of our species, especially describing a mass of the population as stuck on lower circuits, simply living just to eat, poop, work and ultimately meet the goal of giving birth and then falling back onto an eat/poop/work cycle until death. The book is definitely a psychological work, and while I am no psychologist or claim/ aspire to be, Wilson does a really good job putting his ideas into laymans terms, most simply by always bringing out the humorous side of any topic. Again, I'm not a psychologist, and don't want to claim this book as a serious recommendation for anyone seeking to study psychology, but its view points are definitely abstract and will make you question how your own mind is thinking at times.