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Robert Anton Wilson Explains Why Theology Confuses People So Much

An excerpt from page 98 of Schrodinger's Cat reveals the problem with the words "God" and "karma."

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April 3, 2013 - 9:57 am

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Click to submit book suggestions for the new daily feature at PJ Lifestyle. Wednesday selections currently focus on the counterculture satire of Robert Anton Wilson and related authors.

 

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Thanks for the explication; a good laugh is too rare a thing. Now I might bother to look into the authors works.
(A text format would be preferable to the photocopy though.)
1 year ago
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Robert Anton Wilson was a great joker but hardly a deep thinker on matters theological. Being a counter-culture type, back in the 80s I read every one of his books as well as the discordian and subgenius hangers-on, and nothing in any of them was as revolutionary as the Nicene creed.
1 year ago
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I agree. What I'm coming to understand in going back over Wilson's work is that primitive goddess worship holds him back -- much as Ayn Rand's atheism holds her back.
1 year ago
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David,
Well, thanks for responding...to my post but not my point. Again, what is your point? Is this story quoted approvingly? Or ironically?
I havn't read the book, but this exerpt seems to me to be a kind of joke....see if you can follow the catch 22: a fictional (mythical) world of the future explains the uncomprehended world of the past by calling it the mythical nonsense of those who, uncomprehendingly, make up stories about what doesn't exist because they lack the key to all comprehension, neuroprogramming, that only exists in a story about the future that explains the past's mythology by... infinite regress, ad absurdum.
It's neurology, not turtles, all the way down?
A similar joke: "solipsism is so persuasive, more people should believe it."
My point: A fiction cannot ground an explanation of the fictional status of other explanations. The attempt is comical; the representation of the absurdity of the attempt is witty.
Are you meaning to bring attention to the attempt, as if in earnest, or the witty representation of its absurdity?
Is the author himself pointing out the bannana peel or slipping on it? With good irony (Tristam Shandy, Moby Dick e.g.) it's often ambiguous.
Its stories all the way down. "The highest story of this vintage motion picture, More Science High school madness!"
I think it's funny but I don't hear you laughing.
1 year ago
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Does the fact that I have taken the excerpt and labeled it "A Spell for Counterculture Conservatives and Tea Party Occultists" not suggest that I am quoting this passage approvingly?

Yes, this excerpt is a kind of joke. All of his books are nothing but jokes. (See in the post at the bottom: "Click to submit book suggestions for the new daily feature at PJ Lifestyle. Wednesday selections currently focus on the counterculture satire of Robert Anton Wilson and related authors.") I'm going through them to try and understand the good and the bad in American counterculture.
1 year ago
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Good for you for landing a wirting gig at PJ Media. Kind of jealous actually. But it would be nice to see some more of your own writing than photographs of pages from books. At least copy and paste a text version of the book. It's hard to read some of the text.

However, as a PJ Media writer I expect better. A single sentence in the header doesn't provide much context. Elaborate on it. Write a paragraph or two. I mean you posted it with a message to get across, so why not take the time to write a well thought out essay on exactly what the text means.
1 year ago
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Hi 20 yr old Republican,
As much as I would enjoy a writing gig at PJ someday right now it's primarily an editing gig. I'm an associate editor, not a staff writer. But I still write and if you would like to read me then these articles and blog posts that I've done over the last year are a good place to start to understand what I'm about:
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/03/01/the-legacy-andrew-breitbart-left-for-the-next-generation/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/02/01/the-plan-so-i-dont-waste-the-last-year-of-my-20s/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/01/27/the-source-of-both-infinite-happiness-and-meaning/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/01/12/10-secret-reasons-why-the-avengers-is-the-best-superhero-film/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/31/7-new-years-resolutions-i-invite-others-to-steal/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/13/dissecting-baby-boomer-liberalism-like-a-frog-in-science-class/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/10/an-open-letter-to-jamie-foxx-explaining-why-black-pride-is-just-as-evil-as-white-pride/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/05/who-are-the-best-conservative-columnists/
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http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/11/04/the-15-best-books-for-understanding-barack-obamas-mysterious-political-theology/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/10/26/why-this-election-year-america-is-nurse-jackie/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/10/20/23-books-for-counterculture-conservatives-tea-party-occultists-and-capitalist-wizards/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/09/25/why-im-worried-about-raising-a-son-in-our-upcoming-brave-new-world-of-android-prostitution/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/09/23/why-this-election-year-america-is-carmela-soprano/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/08/05/the-waiting-for-superman-of-the-new-atheists/
http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/06/08/7-reasons-why-the-right-should-not-seek-to-convert-the-left/

I might write a well thought out essay or a longer blog post about what the text means. But for now I'm not sure that it warrants that much treatment. This passage might just be worth an excerpt under the PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf byline. Or maybe it's just a small piece of a bigger piece. I don't have an essay's worth of thoughts on it yet. Hence why I posted it with just a short headline/dek Instapundit style to see if any commenters had anything thoughtful to say about it. When Glenn Reynolds links to things of interest or excerpts key quotes from articles he doesn't blab on and on. Not everything is worth that much space. And writing more does not always translate into communicating better. The skill of a great writer is learning how to say a lot in as few words as possible.

And if you want to submit to PJ, my email is right there in the mailbox of all of these PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf posts.
1 year ago
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"As you are a PJ Media writer I expect better.." I am not a PJ Media writer.. yet :)
1 year ago
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This feature of PJ reminds me of the undergrads who would slice pages from library books.
Seriously, without context it is unclear if the reader is supposed to laugh, take note or shake his head; iow what is your point?
1 year ago
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You apparently missed the context provided in the headline and one sentence dek. What else did you think I needed to say to introduce this excerpt as something relevant and interesting to think about?
1 year ago
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People read this s**t for fun?
1 year ago
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People troll internet forums for fun?
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