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The Illuminati Papers

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Is All of History a Vast Conspiracy? Cosmic Joke?

Robert Anton Wilson developed the story of the Illuminati, a conspiracy as old as time itself, as a vehicle to amuse and enlighten. His best-selling books, The Illuminati Trilogy and Cosmic Trigger, have delighted readers the world over and made the Illuminati conspiracy the perfect metaphor for our time. In the Illuminati
Paperback, 168 pages
Published December 11th 1997 by Ronin Publishing (first published 1980)
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Jan 25, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok
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Say what you may about his "discipleship" of Aleister Crowley and Timothy Leary, Wilson was actually quite prescient about the role the NSA and other surveillance agencies might play in the future (now the present day) America. While laughably taken to be "paranoid rants" in the early 80's, it appears in hindsight that Mr. Wilson could somehow see the totalitarian future. This book does give you a few ideas as to how to reset your "mammalian programming" so that in most things social, you're mor ...more
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Jul 22, 2012 David Schwan rated it it was ok
Mostly wild conspiracy based speculation. The author did shine in the some of the books reviews included--in those there was a surprising amount of insight which made me look at the author being reviewed in a different light. Otherwise most of the book reads like bad stream of consciousness writings of a psychotic person.
Apr 12, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
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****An Apology ***
(a la Socrates; a Defence; and a preliminary apology to Bob for having the pretense to write such a thing).

**Integral Theory & Ken Wilber is where I'm coming from, since I find that body of work most comphrehensive. seemingly absurd terms might very well be technical terms from that work.

R.A.W's 8 circuit model of consciousness, transmitted to him by none other then Timothy Leary, needs defending for a few reasons. 1) technical philosophers & scientists will at once se
Jun 22, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
A quick, blazing head-banger of an introduction to various aspects of RAW's thought, comprised of quick & discrete essays written pseudonymously, expanding on some of the themes from the Cosmic Trigger series and his other works like Prometheus Rising and Coincidance. I especially recommend "Ten Good Reasons to Get Out of Bed in the Morning" and "Coex! Coex! Coex!" (which further reinforces my belief that RAW was just as good a reader of James Joyce as many of the more canonical experts on J ...more
Aug 30, 2007 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I have been reading this book off and on since I got it at the beginning of 2006. I kept it in my car and when I went to have coffee or lunch somewhere and I didn't have homework, I'd pull it out and read one or two of the "articles".

In short, I loved it. All of it. I love this man and his thoughts. Its perfect blend of intellectual stimulii and dry, sardonic humor makes me want to SMI2LE. =)
Dec 12, 2008 Del rated it it was amazing
A cute, lighthearted book for those who loved the Illuminatus Trilogy and want it to go on. Borrow it from a library or a friend, unless you're a die-hard RAW fan.
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im really enjoying his clear statements that promote the importance of gaining intelligence. I also like that he changes ideas around each 30 pages or something. its nice to be fucked with and prodded at while being educated in a distant but such personal form.
Mar 13, 2010 Will rated it did not like it
trying WAY too hard. not very funny and not very though provoking....bleh.
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Dec 09, 2009 Chad Oldham rated it it was amazing
More great essays by RAW. coex!coex!coex! is worth the price of the whole book.
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Mar 21, 2013 Blue Dogstar rated it it was amazing
Learn to program yourself to realize your potential. A mindblowing book designed to make your think.
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Mar 10, 2009 Micelle Miseracorde rated it really liked it
I read this years ago and can't remember much about it, other than it was the first I'd ever heard of Finnegan's Wake.
Aug 16, 2013 Essi rated it really liked it
True RAW material.
Dec 18, 2015 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, as always. Another view on all those ideas of RAW
Aug 05, 2016 Tobias rated it liked it
Fun, occasionally illuminating supplement to RAW's loopier fiction. Particular good complement to SCT. His section on the RICH economy makes the whole book worthwhile.
Jun 05, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This book was too short! As usual, Robert Anton Wilson fluctuates between a highly intelligent, very serious tone, and comical nonsense. But he always keeps you wondering, is it true?
Sep 06, 2015 Tasha rated it really liked it
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Poor RAW hasn't got far enough out of his own reality tunnel to quite grasp the nuance of feminism, but other then that it's a great pseudo philosophical exercise.
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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.

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