Quantum Psychology-How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
By Robert Anton Wilson
Dazzling-the most thrilling tilt-a-whirls and daring loop-o-planes on the midway of higher consciousness. — Tom Robbins
Does for quantum mechanics what Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet did for Relativity, but Wilson is funnier. — John Gribbin, physicist
Erudite, witty and genuinely scary — Publishers Weekly
The mans either a genius or Jesus. — Sounds, London
What great physicist hides behind the mask of Wilson? — New Scientist
Wilson managed to reverse every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity. I was astonished and delighted. — Philip K. Dick, author of Blade Runner
With his humorous rapier, Wilson pokes and prods our misconceptions, prejudices and ignorance. A quantum banquet. — Ray Tuckman, Broadcaster, KPFK Radio
Three important words: “read this book.” Three much more important words: “Do the exercises.” Some readers may have already encountered the main principles of this work, either in other books by RAW or by studying general-semantics; I still think it a valuable epitome of some very useful ideas. If nothing else, I think it would reduce the number of Internet arguments that start with “As you could plainly see if you had simply READ what I WROTE …” which would certainly rank as an improvement in MY world.
I approach anything with “Quantum” in the title with a skeptical eye, as I feel the current fashion for explaining everything from ghosts to the impossibility of artificial intelligence by reference to quantum uncertainty, quantum coupling, etc., could use either a strong dose of real physics or just a good long rest. On the other hand, many people still live in the clockwork universe of Newton or even the commonsense world of Aristotle, years after the work of Einstein, Schroedinger, Heisenberg, Goedel, “etc.,” revealed the cracks in the foundations of classical and naive physics and mathematics, so anything that raises awareness of these changes in the intellectual climate will have some good effects down the line.
I once referred to general-semantics as “21st Century Zen Epistemology,” which might fit _Quantum Psychology_ as well. RAW has laid out a series of observations and a program of exercises that can, quite simply, make your mind work better, unless you are among the one in a scadzillion who has already completed the work.
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 deeply rooted in the cosmology of the middle ages. Quantum Psychology is the book to change your way of perceiving yourself — and the universe. Some say it’s materialistic, others call it scientific and still others insist it’s mystical. It is all of these — and none. The book for the 21st Century, complete with exercises. Picks up where Prometheus Rising left off. Some say it’s materialistic, others call it scientific and still others insist it’s mystical. It is all of these — and none.
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