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Dear friends of Bob,
The new Prometheus Rising Print Edition is now available!
Many many thanks go out to Adam Clark who superbly proofread Prometheus Rising, finding many misprints, typos and OCR errors. Adam found some errors that dated back to the earliest New Falcon publication. It's wonderful to have all these corrected! He also brought up a number of interesting queries. One was a question about why, in one place in Prometheus Rising, Bob changed the Zen koan, "Who is the Master who makes the grass green?" Bob replaced "Master" with "Divine Being". Adam was wondering if that was uncharacteristically New Agey. I did a search in Prometheus Rising for the word "divine" and found it used frequently, often in quotes from others. I got to thinking about Bob's relationship to the New Age, and I dug up the source for this famous quote,
My function is to raise the possibility,
“Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit.”
Robert Anton Wilson interviewed by James Wallis
(click here for full interview)
JW: To what extent do you think you've become a part of the New Age movement? The stalls in the atrium tonight seemed to be concerned with a lot of New Age material, and to an extent the way you've been talking about Virtual Realities and mind expansion you seem to be almost a forerunner of the movement.
RAW: 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."
JW: You don't seem to take very much of it very seriously.
RAW: Some of it I do take seriously. In Prometheus Rising and Quantum Psychology I'm definitely trying to teach the reader how to change their own consciousness so they don't need a guru to do it for them. I'm very definitely a spiritual anarchist.
Okay, now we're off to work on Quantum Psychology
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