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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  3,829 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Imagine trying to make sense of an amalgam of Timothy Leary's eight neurological circuits, G.I. Gurdjieff's self-observation exercises, Alfred Korzybskis general semantics, Aleister Crowley's magical theorems, and the several disciplines of Yoga; not to mention Christian Science, relativity, quantum mechanics, and many other approaches to understanding the world around us! ...more
Paperback, 22nd print, 284 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by New Falcon Publications (first published 1983)
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This book had some interesting information regarding psychology. It is a VERY quick read, and it DOES have interesting ideas in it, so it is recommended as a nice "bonus card" in anyone's psychology collection.

Starting with 5 stars:
-1 for unwarranted claims
-1 for only half of the book being interesting [the first half]
-1 for not having all that much information from which to build a synthesis

More in-depth review:

1. It's view on psychology I found a bit limited and boxy, I also found the authors
Jamie Whitt
I haven't read anything else of RAW's besides Quantum Psychology- but I'm a huge fan already. I will say that I liked Quantum Psych better-- it just seemed more focussed and a more productive read. This was fun-- but I think I would not have enjoyed it as much if I had read this first instead. So if you're new to RAW, this may or may not be the best starter book, but regardless, his wit, "insight," and subtle, dry humor were great, of course, and I recommend it to everyone. The exercises at the ...more
Do I agree with everything written in this book? No, but that doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile read. RAW, as always, has given me something to chew on.

This is a book with a lot of wild claims, and plenty of it is completely off the wall, but there's a lot here that rings really true, and hits home for me. Everyone with any interest in how the mind works and what the ultimate truth of reality is should absolutely give this a read; it's funny, thought provoking, wildly optimistic and a little s
Feb 16, 2008 tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all domesticated hominids stuck in a rut
Robert Anton Wilson manages yet again to pull the rug from right under my reality-tunnel. Infused with contagious optimism for the future of us domesticated primates, his only fault might be in guessing too soon the dates of our future collective evolutionary benchmarks. But just because what he hoped would have happened by now hasn't, doesn't mean it won't.

Case in point, just today the BBC posted a news article about the probability that by 2029 tiny ro
Jan 10, 2013 Annalise rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalise by: Nathan Stier
Shelves: never-finished
Grab your tin foil hats, kids! The soapbox man wrote another book about drugs, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, sociology, human development, and some sort of quantum bullshit.

I really wanted to like this book. I tried. But the pseudo-academic preachiness alone is too much. Despite being in its, like, millionth printing and having gone through revisions, it really shows its age with crazy notions about abnormal psychology, brain chemistry, evolution, and enlightenment (to name a few sore th
I regard this book as a masterpiece; R A Wilson manages to provoke the reader into mindblowing realizations about how we percieve our surroundings and how this effects our actions, by constantly skillfully playing with your thinking and fooling you into thought traps to prove his points. Some parts could at a first glance seem like pure hippie bullshit by a not-so-alert reader - especially the ones about superhuman or divine perceptions - but this isn't bullshit. It is his genious way of getting ...more
James Curcio
Though dated in several ways, this book nevertheless should be an absolute must-read for all people as they pass through their early 20s. It was a central book in a class taught at my college, and I could see its influence in the people in that class then, and afterwards. It is quite simply the beginning of a long process: becoming ones self, on ones own terms. It is not final, nor do I think Bob intended it to be any other way.

It was also one of the things that convinced me that I needed to ha
Juuso Kähönen
Kirjan punainen lanka on Learyn 8-circuit model of consciousness ja tän mallin tulkinta ja esittely. Kuitenkin kirjan ydin oli mun nähdäkseni todellisuustunnelien ajatuksessa ja lukijoiden herättelemisessä sen havaitsemiseen, että kuinka meistä jokainen elää tiettyjen aksioomien ja uskomusten varaan rakennettussa todellisuudessa. Kuitenkaan nää todellisuustunnelit ei oo hakattu kiveen, vaan meidän on mahdollista muuttaa uskomuksiamme ja sitä miten todellisuuden näemme, hyvinkin radikaalilla tava ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Onyx rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for new perspectives
At the time I was reading this, several things happened in the news that, to me, were synchronized enough to shift perspectives (vantage points, viewpoints, worldviews, positions, etc. otherwise referred to as "reality tunnels" by the author,) in the country, if not globally. And they all seemed to happen back-to-back in rather rapid succession. If nothing else, many of these were good to begin much-needed conversations on a number important topics.
See if you can remember them: American Pharoah
Mike Bell
Very few books have given me a genuinely tingly, feel-good sensation - the kind that you get when you "get high" - the kind you get when you meditate on existence and suddenly realize that you "get it" and "everything is OK".

This was one such book.

One night a few weeks ago, I was browsing through my computer and came across a file about Robert Anton Wilson, and I realized that I didn't know a whole lot about the guy, so I grabbed a handful of his books, read through his Wikipedia entry, and pic
Mac Hull
There are a number of unsubstantiated claims and predictions that haven't come to fruition in this book, but I enjoyed damn near every page nonetheless. If you have the tendency to take things too literally and are likely to be annoyed with semantics, you probably won't like this book too much. However, if you can take away major themes and ideas of a work without getting caught up with the specifics of the model being presented, you will probably find this an enlightening thought experiment.

Brandon T.
Jul 31, 2008 Brandon T. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My Recycling Bin
Recommended to Brandon T. by: My Best Friend
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Jan 25, 2009 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking to expand their consciousness
This book is an eye-opening analysis of Dr. Timothy Leary's eight circuits of the brain. Wilson skillfully combines theories from Freud, Jung, ancient Sanskrit texts and other philosophers and scientists from all niches, and explains them in an easy to understand and often humorous manner while summarizing their differences to each other and their striking analogues to Dr. Leary's overarching physiological and psychological paradigm. He relates historical anecdotes of mental epiphanies and enlig ...more
Jakub Reginia
Mam sporawy problem - jak tu zacząć recenzje tej książki? Robert Anton Wilson porusza w niej tyle tematów i zagadnień, że tak naprawde ciężko wyjaśnić to w kilku akapitach - czemu myślymi, w jaki sposób myślymy, co jest prawdą, a co nie? Czy istnieje Bóg, a może bóg; bogowie? Może nie ma boga? A może jest. A może to całe pisanie jest bez sensu? Może autor próbuję nam powiedzieć, że wszystko jest wytworem naszej wyobraźni? Albo jesteśmy produktem naszego kręgu kulturowego i wszystko czego się nau ...more
I got a kick out of Robert Anton Wilson's wit. Some of his observations are quite astute and eye-opening. It is almost a philosophy of psychology, that is quick to embrace and dismiss science. Sometimes I couldn't tell if he was trying to convert me into a Hindu yoga guy, a Crowlean, a Christian Scientist,a practitioner of Cabala, an atheist, a capitalist, or a Marxist, but most likely it was none of the above. He is quick to embrace and dismiss everything, often at the same time. Not sure how m ...more
This guy brings up a lot of interesting stuff that I hadn't heard before, maybe if I had had more of an education it would be old news to me, these different theories of mind, etc. but then there was a lot of stuff that I felt was more or less garbage, and nothing was substantiated other than by saying, like, "I'm a cool old hippy dude, trust me, I know what I'm talking about.." I need a little more.
Entertaining-ish, though, and thought-provoking.
misogynist garbage
For me, this is Robert Anton Wilson at his best. If "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" is non-fictionalized fiction, then "Prometheus Rising" is fictionalized non-fiction. Of course, there are elements of this type of thinking and writing in all of RAW's works that I have come across so far. Things that are considered "real" versus "not real" are constantly juxtaposed with each other in his work. But unlike "The Illuminatus! Trilogy," which is my favorite RAW book, this book is a tad more grounded in wh ...more
Anton Wilson sets down a lucid explanation of how the human mind is "programed" and of equal or greater importance how to reprogram one's self. Undoubtably the clarity of an author largely depends upon the meeting of the minds, author and reader. Wilson speaks to me. I follow the way that he thinks, writes. Become who you are, there are no guarantees. Wilson was often in correspondence with Timothy Leary and later worked with Christopher Hyatt. Hyatt's book "Undoing Yourself With Energized Medi ...more
I consider RAW to be one of my two greatest teachers, the other being my chi gung instructor.

This book may put you off if you are still firmly grounded in the rationist materialist paradigm. Try Quantum Psychology instead.

But if you are already living with a worldview outside the scientific reductionist materialist paradigm, then Quantum Psychology might seem a bit tame. Prometheus rising presents similar material but goes farther in exploring the potentials latent in the human consciousness, AN
Mrs. Bunny
2.5 rating, really.
There are some genuinely interesting ideas and perspectives discussed. But there are even more outlandish, outdated, and outright silly claims. Some people I discussed the book with suggested that atleast some of that is intentional, to make the reader work out what's valuable and what's not. I hope so, because if not the book is quite disappointing.

I would ultimately recommend reading it, but with a spoonful of salt and a critical (though still open!) mind. It does prompt you
Adam Miller
This book was one of my favorites and remains a really fun book to go through. RAW combines concepts from many sources and combines it all in a way to de condition the human primate from having too much social conditioning and seeing it for what he believes it to be. I actually did most of the exercises and they add a lot to the experience of the book and it was really fun. The concepts he's using comes from a lot of pop psychology including Leary's eight circuit consciousness model, Buckminster ...more
Daniel Cosgrove
This book is one of the best I have read in a long, long time. It takes a terribly difficult theory, The Eight-Circuits of conciousness, and reduces it to laymen's terms. It also has interesting excercises at the end of each chapter you can perform to better understand the chapter, although some of the excercises are a bit illegal.
Alethea Hammer
This is one of my favorite books because it explains in an easy to understand illustrated way how the domesticated primate brain works to take raw information from the immediate environment and process it into what we tend to refer to as 'reality'. This is the book to read if you've ever seriously wondered why all True Believers in the political right or left, or the various different churches can look at the people who don't agree with them and say "they must be crazy". And they really feel tha ...more
David Garcia
IMHO, IT does not hold the test of time. Interesting in some aspects, funny at times, but in the end, IT feels like watching Metropolis... Currently, A too well understood and assumed Message. Maybe groundbreaking 50 years ago, but not any longer.
I adore this book. Though the writing might be a little out dated and silly, the ideas are profound. I absolutely believe in the concepts that Wilson has described here, particularly the idea of synchronicity. I recommend this book for everyone.
"What the Thinker thinks the Prover proves"
That's the gist of this book. That your expectations determine your perceptions. Of course this isn't a secret to those of us who've studied Cognitive Science.
Definitely an interesting book. He has a very clear way of writing and manages to blend many separate viewpoints into one short book.

Overall, pick it up if you love having your mind exposed to a new way of looking at the world. You may need to revise your "reality tunnel," as Robert Anton Wilson puts it, after reading.

This very idea of everyone having a reality tunnel is probably one of the biggest insights that stuck with me from reading this book and some of Wilson's other work. Everybody, inc
Basically my Bible. This book is appropriate for all times, places, and dimensions. Fnord.
a metamap of reality filtered through timothy leary's "eight circuits" model. highly educational
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Robert Anton Wilson became, at various times, an American novelist, essayist, philosopher, polymath, psychonaut, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and Saint of Discordianism by Discordians who care to label him as such, Wilson helped publicize the group/religion/melee through his writings, interviews, and strolls.

He described his work as an
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“When we meet somebody whose separate tunnel-reality is obviously far different from ours, we are a bit frightened and always disoriented. We tend to think they are mad, or that they are crooks trying to con us in some way, or that they are hoaxers playing a joke. Yet it is neurologically obvious that no two brains have the same genetically-programmed hard wiring, the same imprints, the same conditioning, the same learning experiences. We are all living in separate realities. That is why communication fails so often, and misunderstandings and resentments are so common. I say "meow" and you say "Bow-wow," and each of us is convinced the other is a bit dumb.” 40 likes
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