The Reality Trilogy

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“The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.”
–Robert Anton Wilson

This is a series of three articles/mini-essays on the possible subjective nature of Reality, and how such a condition may cause any number of problems.

You may disagree with some my assessments here, which is fine; after all, they are only a few of what is an infinite number of valid possibilities. Or not.

Whatever works.

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“Prometheus Rising” And The 8-Circuit Model Of Consciousness

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“We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full stature—our total brain power—is what this book is all about.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

I ran into Prometheus Rising and its author Robert Anton Wilson during a time in my life when I was trying to figure out why some people were assholes to other people. In my naïveté, I sought “granular” reasons for humanity’s inhumanity to others, training my magnifying glass on specific ideological and political issues. But these explanations were unsatisfying—and ultimately led down relativistic and semantic rabbit-holes.

There had to be a more basic reason. And there was.

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Living In A Post-Reality World

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“A single ego is an incredibly narrow view from which to perceive the universe.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

I am finding more and more that when referring to Reality I add a lower-case “r” and quotation marks: “reality.”

As in: Reality Tunnels, a term invented by psychologist Timothy Leary and expanded upon by author Robert Anton Wilson. The concept that we all have our own unique conception of what reality is, the result of the subjectivity of our senses plus the possibly “plastic” and equally subjective nature of the universe itself (as continually demonstrated by quantum physics). This means that there might be “infinite” realities, “real” to the people who experience them.

Is this a good thing?

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Divine Invasions: Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson and “Alien Contact” In The 1970s

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“Thus we may stand at the threshold of discoveries…which may require a literal evolution of our species—and this may indeed be taking place. Thus even to know this hyper-structure is to cease to be human, and yet such knowledge—not faith, not revelations, but the utilization of pure intellect—is possible. I argue, then, that man as a species may be coming to an end, subsumed into a higher level of organizational complexity; and a new species may be evolving out of him. I argue, finally, that the hyper-structure is to some degree actively involved in promoting this, since it is an evolutionary process in which it is involved.”
—Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”

A very weird thing began to happen in the early-to-mid 1970s—a number of people were apparently “channeling” very similar information, from entities variously claiming to be aliens, God, and beyond. These people, from different backgrounds and fields, would end up basically forming an interconnecting web of High Weirdness that would impact popular-culture to the present day. Continue reading “Divine Invasions: Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson and “Alien Contact” In The 1970s”