Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil.

— Robert Anton Wilson

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Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.

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The function of law and theology are the same: to keep the poor from taking back by violence what the rich have stolen by cunning.

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You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends.

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The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.

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You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.

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Philadelphia merely seems dull because it's next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.

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History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim.

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"Every national border in Europe," El Eswad added ironically, "marks the place where two gangs of bandits got too exhausted to kill each other anymore and signed a treaty. Patriotism is the delusion that one of these gangs of bandits is better than all the others."

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Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

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Every kind of ignorance in the world all results from not realizing that our perceptions are gambles. We believe what we see and then we believe our interpretation of it, we don’t even know we are making an interpretation most of the time. We think this is reality.

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My own opinion is that belief is the death of intelligence.

As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.

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The Western World has been brainwashed by Aristotle for the last 2,500 years.

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.

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About Robert Anton Wilson

Quotes 213 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.

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I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.

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To me, it doesn't matter if your scapegoats are the Jews, the homosexuals, the male sex, the Masons, the Jesuits, the Welfare Parasites, the Power Elite, the female sex, the vegetarians, or the Communist Party. To the extent that you need a scapegoat, you simply have not got your brain programmed to work as an efficient problem-solving machine.

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Guerrilla ontology The basic technique of all my books .

Ontology is the study of being; the guerrilla approach is to so mix the elements of each book that the reader must decide on each page 'How much of this is real and how much is a put-on?

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under the present brutal and primitive conditions on this planet, every person you meet should be regarded as one of the walking wounded. we have never seen a man or woman not slightly deranged by either anxiety or grief. we have never seen a totally sane human being.

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I don't believe anything I write or say.

I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)

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On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

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Try living forever with the metaprogram, 'Everything works out more perfectly than I plan it.

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I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions.

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I read at least one periodical every month by a political group I dislike - to keep some sense of balance. The overwhelming stupidity of political movements is caused by the fact that political types never read anything but their own gang's agit-prop.

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I see anarchism as the theoretical ideal to which we are all gradually evolving to a point where everybody can tell the truth to everybody else and nobody can get punished for it. That can only happen without hierarchy and without people having the authority to punish other people.

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We live in an age of artificial scarcity, maintained by ignorance and fear.

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The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.

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Taxation is robbery based on monopoly of weapons

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I used to be an atheist, until I realized I had nothing to shout during blowjobs. Oh Random Chance! Oh Random Chance! just doesn't cut it….

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Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation.

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The normal is that which nobody quite is.

If you listen to seemingly dull people very closely, you'll see that they're all mad in different and interesting ways, and are merely struggling to hide it.

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The only way to stave off boredom, in a complex domesticated primate like humankind, is to increase one's intelligence. This is not appealing to the average primate, who instead invents emotional games (soap opera and grand opera dramatics).

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People who've been through our educational system, they think they're thinking, when they're just repeating like parrots.

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The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles.

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You know, I have found a new way to get high and stay spaced out for hours on end, and the government can't stop me... It's called senility.

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Only the madman is absolutely sure.

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Most of the characteristics which make for success in writing are precisely those which we are all taught to repress ... the firm belief that you are an important person, that you are a lot smarter than most people, and that your ideas are so damned important that everybody should listen to you.

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We look for the Secret - the Philosopher's Stone, the Elixir of the Wise, Supreme Enlightenment, 'God' or whatever...and all the time it is carrying us about...It is the human nervous system itself.

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Are traditional schools very much like mini-prisons? Do they stifle imagination, cramp the child physically and mentally, and run on various forms of overt or covert terrorism? Of course, the answer is an unambiguous YES.

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There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already.

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Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.

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We have been told over and over that "you can't change human nature", but the study of emic realities shows quite the contrary, that almost anything can become "human nature" if society defines it as such.

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The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.

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part of the humor of living on this backward planet is listening to the hominids rationalize their predations.

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How many times... have you encountered the saying, 'When the student is ready, the Master speaks?' Do you know why that is true? The door opens inward. The Master is everywhere, but the student has to open his mind to hear the Masters Voice.

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Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary.

There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.

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No wife, no horse, no mustache

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The easiest way to get brainwashed is to be born.

All of the above principles then immediately go into action, a process which social psychologists euphemistically call socialization.

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When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity.

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Everybody who has ever worked for a corporation knows that corporations conspire all the time. Politicians conspire all the time, pot-dealers conspire not to get caught by the narcs, the world is full of conspiracies. Conspiracy is natural primate behavior.

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Entropy requires no maintenance.

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