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Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You & Your World

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Throughout human history, thoughts, values and behaviors have been colored by language and the prevailing view of the universe. With the advent of Quantum Mechanics, relativity, non-Euclidean geometries, non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics, the scientific view of the world has changed dramatically from just a few decades ago. Nonetheless, human thinking is still ...more
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Published 1993 by New Falcon Publications (first published 1990)
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Jigar Brahmbhatt
Mar 28, 2016 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it liked it
The War Against "is"

Drawing primarily from Quantum Mechanics, that elusive field loved by every esoteric gentleman, Wilson claims that most of the problems in the world result from "is" and "are", words that are deterministic, dangerously Aristotelian. The sureties of “is” and “as it is” are misleading. Quantum Psychology roots for “maybes”, but the “loss of certainty” here does not mean a descent into the void of solipsism. It is more like fuzzy logic. The problems of the world are created by t
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Leonid
Jan 07, 2009 Leonid rated it it was amazing
Well, first of all, I've read it in Russian. But that doesn't matter. Book is still awesome. It's like a stone that you gotta chew on, to actually digest it. It's that hard. At least for me it was. It is so mind-boggling that I was very excited at the time I was reading it. It taught me how to look at things differently, how to deal with weirdness of reality. Basically, a very important book in my life. Definetly not for a casual "esoteric" reader. It requires some effort. Like a normal book ...more
Tristan A.
Jul 14, 2012 Tristan A. rated it it was amazing
An excellent book! I highly recommend it. You should probably read "Prometheus Rising" first, though, as it's easier to read and comes first. But this book can still be read on its own.

Laced with Wilson's typical weird humor, this book is a mostly serious work explaining Wilson's proposed philosophy of quantum psychology. A complete rejection of Aristotle's either/or thinking, quantum psychology has much in common with Existentialism, Operationalism, and the Copenhagen interpretation, showing ho
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Jamie Whitt
Nov 09, 2009 Jamie Whitt rated it it was amazing
If you're debating making the commitment to reading this book: JUST READ IT. Take as long as you need (I read it 3x before it hit me with how powerful it can be if applied to my reality-tunnel.) And don't be deterred by how lame the cover looks, don't be 'intimidated' by the word "Quantum" in the title, and don't pre-decide that you couldn't enjoy it. Wilson is an excellent writer who will hold your attention through the very last page. Even when his deep well of a brain was going further than I ...more
Gleb Sevruk
Feb 17, 2014 Gleb Sevruk rated it it was ok
A lot of rubbish out there.it is unstructured mix of quantum theory from non-scientist, without structure and purpose. High level overview of Shreadinger cat, that lasts on 150 pages.
It is not even fun. Go read more useful book
Miles
Feb 03, 2015 Miles rated it it was amazing
I'd encourage every single person on Earth to go down the Robert Anton Wilson rabbit hole.
Bruce
This book opened up vast worlds of possibility and experience for me. I have since read most of RAW's books, and I consider him to be one of my two greatest teachers, the other being my chi gung instructor.

From where I was at the time, still mired in the reductionist materialist worldview and looking for a way to escape, this book was perfect. Chapter by chapter, it provides valuable tools to set your mind free(er). I have read it several times and was lucky enough to take a class on it as well.
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Campbell
Oct 12, 2016 Campbell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, science
I'd recommend this book to just about anyone. Rather than teaching you what to think, it tries to prod you in a new direction of how to think. It doesn't insist on the correctness of any particular world-view but rather tries to instruct on the possibilities of alternate view-points. It's genuinely insightful and, if you'll let it be, revelatory.

I'm not saying it's all wonderful. I consider myself to be a 'hard' scientist. I have little (i.e. no) tolerance for hand-waving mysticism or woolly 'e
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Anna
Nov 11, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Every chapter in Quantum Psychology can really be summed up in three words: "everything is relative". This is something that was obvious to me (especially since I'd already covered E Prime in a philosophy of language class and had the concept of "mother culture" from Daniel Quinn books). It's not a bad book (though he throws out some pretty tenuous claims as some examples), but in the end, "everything is relative" is his only point, and if you already get that, the book isn't really worth ...more
Jason
This one has been in my "to read" pile (pile #4 or #5, I can't remember which) for quite a while, and this online Quantum Psychology group reading finally moved it into the "currently reading" pile and from there into the "read." (The reading group's responses to the exercises in chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two, and twenty three are all on the RA ...more
adam prometheus
Aug 24, 2011 adam prometheus rated it it was amazing
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I enjoy this book more than most. I'm not sure how to explain what this book "is". It seems to be a verb. For me, it serves as an exercise in removing nonsense from my thought process, and thinking about the universe in (what seems to me to be) a more sensible and logical way. It brings the lessons learned from the field of quantum physics into the realm of everyday experience, also incorporating elements of phenomenology, existentialism, and other philosophies to form a more lucid worldview ...more
Jim Razinha
Aug 04, 2011 Jim Razinha rated it did not like it
Wilson might have gotten three stars instead of two if his arrogance and pettiness didn't make more than a token showing. Either he really didn't see how he was guilty of the same or worse absolute statements he pans from scientists, or he didn't care. Parts of this are lucid and thought-provoking - but not the parts he wants you to believe. A lot of nonsense interspersed with a little quantum mechanics, devolving into pseudoscience at the end. Too many logical fallacies, erroneous correlations, ...more
Denys
Apr 13, 2010 Denys rated it it was amazing
Probably the single most influential book in my life . I read it when i was 17 or so , still living in Kiev. I opened the first page as i sat down in the subway train on Politechnicheskaya and when I reached Hydropark my head exploded and nothing ever looked the same. A lot of it is maybe obvious now for folks who's into this kind of things, but back then...It's hard to believe that I can actually remember that day, that train, the everything.
Donald
Jun 25, 2013 Donald rated it it was amazing
Read it twice. Hide it in your desk. Find it later, read it again. Then, just when you think you have it, hide it in the fridge for a few months. Don't question me, just do it. Change your worldview good.
Marwan Alabassiry
Aug 25, 2013 Marwan Alabassiry rated it really liked it
Studied rather than reading; The book is so full of definitions and history and it actually fulfilled all me needs in psychology in a rather simple funny way ! ... In short great and a funny book.
Yuri
Dec 01, 2012 Yuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yuri by: Ismael
Another one of those many life-changing books by the one and many [sic] Robert Anton Wilson. Recommended to anyone who fancies thinking.
Bob
Mar 05, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing
Subjective relativity may be all we have left at the end of the day.
david blumenshine
Aug 17, 2011 david blumenshine rated it really liked it
oh, robert anton wilson, i just can't quit you (even if your editors are piss poor at their jobs)
Gabriel Kelly
Oct 26, 2016 Gabriel Kelly rated it it was amazing
R.A. Wilson is one of my favorite authors, having started with the Illuminatus! trilogy. He has an amazing ability to make you laugh then think. You're usually thinking, "this guy can't be serious, right?" This book is many things. Fun, thought provoking, laughably cerebral. But I am glad I read it-- at least now I have concrete proof I have two heads.
VII
Oct 01, 2016 VII rated it really liked it
Extremely interesting read. I had to check for sources multiple times because I was suspicious of what I was reading, but almost all the times his claims were backed by scientific theories. It was only towards the end that it got increasingly speculative (ok, ok, "appeared to me highly speculative"). Up until then, he did a very good job explaining his point, slowly but not boringly, and his way of seeing things was refreshing and insightful. The explanation of quantum physics and basic ...more
Onyx
Jun 18, 2015 Onyx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone intelligent enough to follow what the author is saying
If the author didn't bring Eastern Religion or Eastern Philosophy into his writings, I may have given the book five stars. I'm not a fan of Eastern Philosophy, so that kind of spoiled it for me. Otherwise, it was a good book.
This book was amusing and totally irreverent, true enough, but I don't remember reading a book that made me think "What?" every so often throughout. At one point, I actually said "What?" out loud. A light bulb also went on every few pages. It really made me think it through
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Robert
Nov 12, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read of a book that I fell in love with as a teenager. As such, I have quite a soft spot for it. Fair warning: the more psuedoscience gets under your skin, the less you are going to be able to enjoy this book. On the one hand Wilson offers many worthwhile group exercises to make conscious the meaninglessness of absolute statements, and on the way makes connections to some of the weirder implications of quantum mechanics; and on the other hand, as Zizek might predict, Wilson leaves ...more
Josh Smith
Aug 04, 2013 Josh Smith rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It started off beautifully by describing some of the main players most people identify with existentialism and related philosophies. The book went into non-Aristotelian logic, operational thought, quantum mechanics, and Zen Buddhism. I really enjoyed a lot of the talk about rejecting the "is of identity" and Korzybski's work in General Semantics, explaining how we confuse ourselves when we say "X is Y" (implying that it is nothing else, and also implying ...more
mo
Oct 19, 2014 mo rated it it was amazing
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Robert Anton Wilson merges Transactional Psychology with Existentialism and Quantum Mechanics, describing each on many levels with many examples and applies his “Quantum Psychology” ideas to human behaviour, our selves and the way we (think we) see the universe. All these principles appear to have great similarities and seem compatible, though they’re usually kept separated and only regarded in their respective fields (psychology, philosophy, physics). When Wilson applies quantum theories to the ...more
John Rogers
May 01, 2007 John Rogers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Curious types
Robert Anton Wilson is one terribly smart freak! I love his work, it's odd at times, downright freaky at others.

This book is his most consistently grounded. The central concept is applied quantum theory as it relates to thought/mind/brain and the way language works to solidify beliefs, perceptions and "reality tunnels", just like software. It is compelling, the way he describes the software of the brain and it's abstraction from its physical residence.

One great question he says is fun to ask: "
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Danny
Dec 15, 2007 Danny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely Everyone
"If all people learned to think in the non-Aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call "stupidity" and even a great deal of what we consider "insanity" might disappear, and the "intractable" problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution."

This book is all about getting you to think critically about your own critical thinking. Old Bob combines ideas from quantum mechanics, relativity, general s
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Arlo
Apr 11, 2009 Arlo rated it it was amazing
Unlike the very thought provoking novels that I am quite fond of reading, this book is laid out as a more instructional device, aptly following the development of philosophy from Aristotle all the way up to the discoveries of quantum physics and beyond, and the implications of newer developments on the practical understanding of psychology.

Why do I (and the author) include quantum physics in the continuum of philosophy? The reasoning becomes clear upon reading this book, as the unparalleled auth
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Jerry Jose
Mar 13, 2016 Jerry Jose rated it really liked it
This book made me feel really frigging intelligent; having said that, I might as well be a real schmuck. Well, may not be in all possible universes or emic realities.

One wacky ride, blowing my mind off at some turns, taking head to more g's that I usually endure. Dissected some confused high thoughts and gave a better tolerant perspective over Aristotelian logic. Call for a different thinking, an open mind on all possibilities and probabilities than binary answers. Left me scribbling down a hug
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Terra Bosart
Jun 18, 2013 Terra Bosart rated it really liked it
Not being a huge fan of "absolutism", I found this a refreshing read. Nothing "is" as it appears to be, except on the personal level of perspective. There "are" things in common, but maliability seems to be the order of the day in our currently percieved address in spacetime. This can be changed as well, depending on your reality tunnel, as this book illustrates beautifully.
Another brilliant fusion of sciences, quantum theory, amounting to an almost magical interconnectivity to the universe. Av
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Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Sep 29, 2016 Äsruþr Cyneaþsson rated it it was amazing
RAW rarely disappoints and this is no exception. For the chaos magician, the Machiavellian, the psychologist, the therapist, the individual upon the left-hand path and damn near anyone who has an interest in defining, altering or creating their own reality -- RAW presents a guide as to how to do so. The implications for how we shape reality by the means in which we choose to view it, as well as the possible future development of the human consciousness is a textbook for self-deification. RAW ...more
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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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“Non-Aristotelian logic deals with existencial/operacional probabilities. Aristotelian logic deals with certainties, and in the lack of certainties throughout most of life, Aristotelian logic subliminally programs us to ivent fictitious certainties.
That rush for fictitious certainties explains most of the Ideologies and damn near all Religions on the planet, I think.”
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