by Faustin Bray
From Issue #48
Champion of the underdog and self-appointed caretaker of conspiracy
theories, with a deep philanthropic twist, Robert Anton Wilson has amused, bemused and infused readers with his witticisms and
ponderings for almost thirty years. He is that rarest of creatures - a futurist
with a sense of humor. Cantankerous? Yes. Ornery? Certainly. But while others
have fallen into jaded cynicism,
Chaos and Beyond is Robert Anton Wilson's latest book. A collection of
essays and stories from the magazine, Trajectories, the cast of characters the
book presents is pure
A prolific writer who takes delight in turning a mirror on society so that it can, for a moment, see itself and hopefully learn something, Wilson detests political correctness as just another form of fascism. Refusing to pull his punches, he can be, as his initials indicate, RAW.
Robert Anton Wilson: What I'm talking about is the upsurge of the totally
unpredictable, a system that may be determinist but still can't be predicted
until after you see what it's done. A mathematician named Theodore Gordon did a
paper about three years ago showing that chaos increases where information flow
increases. This is something I've been writing about for years, the fact that
information is increasing faster all the time. For example, in the 1,500 years
between Christ and Leonardo da Vinci, we had one
doubling. Now information is doubling every eighteen months. That means there
is more and more chaos. Coming out of this chaos are some astounding things:
the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rise of Nelson Mandela to the presidency of
Robert Anton Wilson: One example that I give is the McMartin
pre-school satanism case,
where over a hundred teachers and clergymen were accused of running a satanic,
child pornography ring. After prolonged investigation, no evidence of a pornography
ring was ever discovered, no evidence of satanism was discovered. Out of a hundred accused teachers,
the police indicted seven, dropped charges against five and ultimately brought
only two to trial. The jury refused to convict even those two. It seems to have
been total hysteria, but there are still people down there who say "no
smoke without fire, it couldn't all have been hysteria; somebody must have been
guilty of something." But it's the classic case, just like
Robert Anton Wilson: Information is doubling faster than ever before and the amount of available energy is higher than ever before. The social systems existing on the planet are all inadequate to manage the kind of technology and the kind of energy economy we've got now. Radical changes are needed. And naturally you've got a variety of people of varying degrees of sanity and rationality, with different programs about what needs to be done. But everybody knows that something needs to be done.
Robert Anton Wilson: I picked up the phrase "guerrilla ontology" from somebody in the physics/consciousness research group back in the seventies. I forget who invented it-Jack Sarfati, Nick Herbert, Fritjof Capra, Saul Paul- Sirag, Fred Wolf, Elizabeth Rausher I forget who the hell came up with the term "guerilla ontology," but I liked it a lot and I've been using it to describe my own activities. It has a distinct family resemblance to deconstructionism, except the deconstructionists only seem to want to deconstruct Western civilization. I'm interested in deconstructing the rigid thought patterns that keep us from achieving our full potential and unleashing the full creativity of the human race for solving it's problems, instead of just bitching about them.
Robert Anton Wilson: I've always had a strong intuition that all of this that's been going on, from the first unicellular organisms up to the present, is not all a bad joke intended to end up in catastrophe. It's going to higher and higher levels.
Robert Anton Wilson: What I try to get at in all of my books, and especially in this one, is the notion that we cannot solve our problems by looking around to find out who's to blame for them and punishing them. This has been tried throughout history, and it's never produced any worthwhile results. It's led to a lot of what subsequent generations regarded as senseless persecutions. A little while ago, before the tape started, you were wondering whether it was warm milk or cold milk that increases your tryptophan. This is the first generation in human history where a large percentage of the population have talked about how to change their brain chemistry to function better. It's no accident that we've got this incredibly brutal and stupid war on drugs, because obviously a lot of people are going to be experimenting with things the government doesn't think it's safe to let us experiment with. I'm sixty-two, and I keep waiting for the day when the government thinks I'm old enough to make up my own mind about issues like this. But I guess I'll have to keep waiting. They've already taken my tryptophan. Now they're trying to take away my vitamin C.
Robert Anton Wilson: I would say the book contains as much information as I could pack into one volume. The idea was to hit the reader with so much information that they would experience, in reading the book, what information explosion and chaos mean. We haven't changed much genetically since the last Ice Age, but we are changing culturally. We have more and more information. We're creating all sorts of different types of cultures after a hundred thousand years or so of a hunter- gatherer society. We mutated into cities and then into the Industrial Revolution, and now we're going in a dozen different directions, including outer space. We're creating what Teilhard de Chardin called the "noosphere"-a mind world that's totally our own product. And yet the mind world does change the material world, because every time a part of the mind world is sufficiently accurate, it can be duplicated in the material world, and we've got a new tool, a new machine, a new technology that will do things we couldn't do before.