- Patapsychology – a field of psychology where nothing is considered normal.
- Fnord – a system of circulating disinformation using trigger words and phrases.
- And an alternative belief system called Discordianism, based on chaos and discord.
The “rabbit hole” was first used as an allegory for being lost in the maze of society by Robert Anton Wilson. Since the event of “The Matrix,” it has been used for as an allegory for finding out about conspiracies and cover ups. But when we go back to the original Lewis Carol meaning, in Alice in Wonderland, it was an allegory for finding out about one’s self, tumbling head long through the twisted vaults of our own ego constructs to get back to the real “YOU.” There are the Irish legends of “The Pooka,” a creature from the fairy realms in the form of a large white rabbit, that appears to individuals when they get to be a bit too full of themselves. The Pooka’s job was to bring the individual crashing back down to earth, and this theme was extrapolated in the film “Donnie Darko.” The protagonist, though highly intelligent and allergic to hypocrisy, is run hard up against the question… “Would the world be better off with out me?” There are many hard questions that the rabbit hole can pose…. yet the pooka was a creature of fun and mischief. Some times those lessons learned with laughter are the lessons best remembered. This blog will attempt to make us smile as we examine those parts of ourselves we would rather keep hidden and buried deep with in the rabbit warren. I had the privilege of being the last person to interview Robert Anton Wilson before he passed – I posed some tough and funny questions to him – Here I share my interview with you:- Throwing Shoes Down The Rabbit Hole With Robert Anton Wilson Non-Government Health Warning: This interview is best viewed using the windows of an open mind. Previous reading of “Robert Anton Wilson” material will help with this. Even so, it may seriously affect your vision of the world we live in – resulting in permanent hilarity! Robert Anton Wilson’s legendary books make us laugh at ourselves and our darkest fears and paranoia. I had a similar feeling recently when some of my friends and I were leaving a seaside pub after a fishing tournament where no one caught anything. The pub finally closed and threw us out, one of our number was so drunk he staggered across the road, narrowly missing being run over on the way, banged rather loudly into the glass of the opposing storefront, then collapsed on his backside to the sound of our cheers. He sat there waving his head slowly back and forth in disbelief at what he had just done and yelled some slurring abuse at us to signal that nothing was hurt but his pride. Did we run over to him and fuss and pick him up? No! Though we did not understand one word of what he had just yelled at us, we took off our shoes and threw them across the road at him for the mouthful of abuse he had just served us. Once the first superbly thrown rubber thong struck him on the forehead, he sobered up considerably. He jumped to his feet and defended his honour by throwing all of the shoes back at us. We just caught them and threw them back at him again. In the middle of the barrage of returning foot-ware missiles, a visiting young Irish man ducked past us and dryly said, “Er.. That’s not quite they way we play it back home!” This reduced us all to laughter at our own impulsive inebriated foot-ware folly. Still laughing we gathered our shoes and dispersed to our own boroughs. When we laugh at others, we are really laughing at the ludicrous and slightly distorted, carnival mirror reflection of ourselves that we see in them. Robert Anton Wilson’s books give us a skewed view of the world in much the same way and for the same reasons as these trick mirrors. Robert Anton Wilson loves to laugh at others and at himself. Moreover, his humour makes people think. To him laughter is the key to pushing the “On” button in the thinking mechanism of the mind and a lesson learnt with laughter is a lesson remembered. Robert Anton Wilson, or Bob to his friends, has been described by his good friend Dr. Timothy Leary, the famous psychedelics proponent of the 1950-70s, as “…one of the most profound and important scientific philosophers of this century, who has written many important works of fiction and non-fiction. His vast intelligence and sharp wit are sufficient to shock and enlighten the most heavily imprinted domesticated primate nervous system.” And he is probably right! Alternatively, as Mr Wilson says: “Maybe this just proves that we (Wilson and Leary) are crazy in the same way.” Yet the fame of his wonderful irreverent humour that inspires a change of perspective in the listener outshines all of his glowing accolades. This humour has lead him to become the self appointed Pope of “The Church of “Bob” The Sub Genius” and to launch a campaign to make everyone in the world a Pope of their own belief system. He was born on January 18, 1932, he is the author of the some 36 successful works, if you include his soon to be published, “Tale of The Tribe.” Several of his novels have become cult classics. He began writing at age twelve and worked as a part-time journalist and a full time engineer until he landed a job as the editor of American Playboy magazine His best-known works, are “The Schrödinger’s Cat” trilogy, and a complex spoof of conspiracy theories co-authored with Robert Shea, called “The Illuminatus” trilogy, which spawned the whole “Secret Society” genre of which Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” is the latest example.. These books mix information with fiction so seamlessly it is hard to tell where fact finishes and fiction begins. This engages the reader in what Bob calls “Operation Mindfuck.” Ironically, even though Bob has loudly criticised the gullibility of new-age beliefs, his books are often found in the new age section of bookstores. His alternate philosophies have led his life in some astounding directions. He is a proponent of Timothy Leary’s eight-circuit model of neuro-somatic linguistic engineering. With Leary he helped promote the futuristic ideas of Space Migration, Intelligence squared (i.e. intelligence examining intelligence to increase intelligence) and Life Extension, for which they coined the anagram S.M.I ² L.E. Bob is the American director of the Committee for Surrealist Investigation of Claims of the Normal (CSICON) and has helped popularize such terms as:-