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Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You & Your World

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,140 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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 d ...more
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Published 1993 by New Falcon Publications (first published 1990)
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Jigar Brahmbhatt
Feb 26, 2015 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
Jamie Whitt
Nov 09, 2009 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
Jan 07, 2009 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 sho ...more
Tristan A.
Jul 14, 2012 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
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd encourage every single person on Earth to go down the Robert Anton Wilson rabbit hole.
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.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, non-fiction
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
Gleb Sevruk
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
A lot of rubbish out 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
Nov 11, 2009 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 readin ...more
Apr 13, 2010 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.
Giorgos Tselios
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great attack on the conventional mode of thinking by RAW.

This book, sequel-like to 'Prometheus Rising', makes you think about and question everything you know (or think you know). It draws mainly from quantum mechanics, philosophy and transactional psychology and, combining all those fields, in great RAW fashion, shifts your paradigm (reality-tunnel) in remarkable ways.

If you take the time, and try to internalize everything you learn in this book, you will look at everything that has hap
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 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 (se ...more
Jim Razinha
Aug 04, 2011 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
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, psychology
I haven't been a big fan of the fiction based works of RAW. In my opinion, they seem to show a deep understanding of important things but bury it under a crazy story. There is also enough tangents including some that cause me to question the depth of RAW's knowledge (he sometimes rather negative for example).

This book was somewhat of a last ditch effort to try to understand RAW as he comes highly recommended and his nonfiction works, although frustrating for me to read, pointed to great depth.
Terra Bosart
May 25, 2010 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
Michael Weaver
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great book lending understanding and basis of our societal conditioning and programming and how those confines and boundaries can limit our fundamental beliefs, wold view, universal constructs, thus from our language constraining us in understanding life and each other. By integrating quantum theory with our neurological brain patterns, Wilson deconstructs Aristotelian logic which places everything in concrete, binary thought (yes/no, black/white, et al) and compares and contrasts it b ...more
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Aug 15, 2016 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 avo ...more
David Koblos
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-spirit
Very very deep thoughts. Yet, the language is simple enough to make it a quick reading. Now, to digest it all will need some more time. The handy thought / discussion exercises help you tackle the profound realization that Wilson is trying to show you. Once you grasp it.... wow... You will never see the world in the same way again!
Nov 17, 2012 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.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Subjective relativity may be all we have left at the end of the day.
Marwan Alabassiry
Aug 17, 2013 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.
May 25, 2010 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)
Maha Emad
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want to maintain what you think is your sanity don't READ IT :D
Richard Wu
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
[Hideaki Anno] felt that children should be exposed early to the realities of life so that they do not grow up weak and sheltered and so that they will become immune to some of the harsh situations they will eventually experience.
Scream as they may—even that their throats burn dry their voices—our future selves can have no audience with egos prior, for the present through which our lives are doomed to fumble is an anechoic chamber: impenetrable, deafening. Still, I’d time travel this to my sop
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved RAWs Quantum Psychology. I found Wilson’s argument for the elimination of the forms of “to be” (be, being, been, am, is, isn’t, are, aren’t, was, wasn’t, were, weren’t and any contraction with a pronoun and a form of to be i.e. you’re, he’s etc.) from speech as means toward self transformation compelling.

By amending language this was way, he hopes, so it seems, that conversation and argument -with yourself or a group - can arrive at a contradiction free environment where prog
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now THAT's what I call an ambitious crossover : cognitive sciences and quantum physics. This book is excellent and goes slowly at first, introducing the core concepts, and ends up with fireworks about non-local correlations in quantum/neural systems. On the way you will also learn more about E-prime (a science-oriented variant of English) and the different stances about the quantum theory consequences on the scientific method, with the most iconic being the Copenhagen interpretation defined by N ...more
Lucas Surjus
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Prometheus Rising for groups.

While PR is thought to be a manual for the owner's brain, QP aims at group psychology. The exercises are all collective and so are the explanations.

There is nothing here that isn't on Prometheus Rising, though. Really reads like a magnified version of it, but honestly, slightly worse, since it's somewhat rehashed.

I recommend it only if you really want to get into the subject of consciousness reimprinting. Otherwise, no need to go further if you've read Promet
Teo Asinari
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Anton Wilson strikes again. How is this man so freaking interesting?

More discursive and a comparatively in-depth examination of the very compelling parallels between QM and Neuroscience. As usual with Mr. Wilson, a great and edifying experience
Peter Wirth
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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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“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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