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23 July 2013 @ 07:10 pm
I almost missed Robert Anton Wilson day. Thanx to RAWIllumination for reminding me, and for providing this quote that summarizes his approach:
The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty. I use what in modern physics is called the "multi-model" approach, which is the idea that there is more than one model to cover a given set of facts. As I've said, novel writing involves learning to think like other people. My novels are written so as to force the reader to see things through different reality grids rather than through a single grid. It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is — breaking down this one-model view and giving people a multi-model perspective
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on July 23rd, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions.
I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense.
I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignty, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology..
I somewhat suspect that Theism and Atheism both fail to account for such decentralized intelligence, rich in circular-causal feedback.
— Robert Anton "Bob" Wilson
El Coyote Gordo: eye-pyramidsupergee on July 23rd, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: .sig
I liked that one so much I put it in my zine.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on July 23rd, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
At one point I was calling myself an Anarchist, an Atheist, and a Witch. Then when I reached my 40's I softened that. I started to describe myself as a libertarian, a pantheist, and a neopagan. And since then I moved on to a decentralist, a pragmatist, and a proponent of maybe logic . . .
— Robert Anton "Bob" Wilson
Baron Dave Rommbarondave on July 24th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
I consider myself a Jewish Taoist. Seems to cover a lot of the ground that RAW is talking about. Or not.