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Prometheus Rising [Paperback]

Robert Anton Wilson
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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: New Falcon Publications,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561840564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561840564
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine trying to make sense of Timothy Leary's eight neurological circuits, G.I. Gurdjieff's self-observations exercises, Alfred Korzybski's general semantics, Aleister Crowley's magical theorems, and the several disciplines of Yoga; not to mention Christian Science, relativity, quantum mechanics and many other approaches to understanding the world around us. That is exactly what Wilson does in "Prometheus Rising". In short, it is a book about how the human mind works and what you can do to make the most of yours. Readers have been known to get angry, cry, laugh, and even change their entire lives. It has practical techniques to break free of your "reality tunnels".

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Consciousness Workout in a Book! 17 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
Prometheus Rising has a terrible new-age cover. Don't let that put you off. Inside lies a truly remarkable book that will turn your thinking about the world on its head, or at least illustrate how everyone else in the world sees it differently.
Full of humour, fascinating thought experiments and plenty of exercises (like believing that your mail is being intercepted and looking for the evidence), Prometheus Rising joyfully dissects how we see the universe using examples, analogies and metaphors that will have you laugh out loud. Wilson, a genius of the first order, introduces us to a new way of thinking about money (bio survival tickets) self (reality tunnels) and a zillion other things.
This is not a self help book, but you could conceivably help yourself by buying it. Insights and Profound Understanding guaranteed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs this Book 5 Sep 1999
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Quite simply one of the best books ever. This book is part-philosophy, part-psychology and part-occult science. Based somewhat on Tim Leary's 8-circuit model of consciousness this is certainly the most lucid theories of mind I've ever read. No review could really do it justice, just buy it and see.
The world needs this knowledge!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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i read this book first off several years ago and have re-read it many times since.

this is one of wilsons most straight forward books, that it obviously not saying much as it blends leary, gurdjief, crowley, psychology together into a multi-layered model.

if you have read any other of wilsons books you will be familiar with the term 'reality tunnels' a.k.a the reality, personlaity, belief system we are viewing the owrld thru now. a jew would view a swastika diffrently to a nazi for example, while two humanoids would have slightly diffrent staements after viewing the ame car crash.

this book explores and greatly adds to leary's 8 circuit model and shows you how these circuits operate in your life and how to change them.

another good book on this model is antero alli's 'angel tech' and any book on chaos magic that talks about beliefs like carrolls 'liber knull and psychonaught' or phil hine's 'prime chaos.'

basically by tracking and adding subtracting habits and recognizing where your machanical robot-brain circuits program your reality of life you can change your hardwired imprints and live a better life.

if you are constantly nervous and overeaat you most likely have circuit 1 (oral, survival cirucit) problems, if you have sexual issues (circuit 4), terratorial, power issues (circuit 2) and best of all how you can leap chapel perilous (dark night of the soul) and enter the fun, intelligence raising, higher circuts which used to be called enlightenment.

who is reading this right now? Is there life on earth?
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning insights into consciousness 28 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
This book completely changed my perception of how we function. Wilson not only explains the cognitive ideas of such disparate thinkers as Leary, Korzybski, Crowley and Sagan in a manner most laymen readily understand, he also convincingly points out just what these guys have in common, and where they differ. This book clarifies so many issues on consciousness I have always wondered about and few issues I haven't even thought of wondering about. Read this book now!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE OWNERSHIP OF SPACESHIP SELF 27 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
This book changed my life, direction wise anyway. I highly recommend it to each and every human entity that crosses it's path. Truth rarely comes to any of us, but this book helps to understand how we can understand.

It "is" important that you do the exercises at the end of each section though, and once you have, re-read the section before and you will get a whole load of jokes that are hidden in it. This man (Robert Anton Wilson) has a rich and diverse way of threading gut wrenching humour in at all points in his writing, and I applaud him for this.

I read this book 3 times in a row and noticed so much more with each read, it truly showed me how we blind ourselves to the world around us and the world inside of us, it also explained why we are all so different and the same.

I believe this book "is" a journey book, if you get given it by a friend then read it straight away, it was meant to be in your hands. If you get it as a gift then get stuck in and don't believe everything you read, because a lot of it could be smuck.

If you are the kind of person who wishes to open their mind and go on a wild adventure known as life itself, then step on in to the wonderful map of Mr Wilson, this book seems to be a fine place to start based on my experience with this discordian pope (I am one too by the way, and now that you have read this, you are now POPE, there are quite a few popes now!)

BUY THIS BOOK, or borrow it, receive or give it, just make sure it somehow passes under your nose...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The search for truth 19 April 2004
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This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the truth of existance. Mr. Wilson has many fresh and interesting insights into the world of the human mind - which for humans is the only world there is. I was often struck by the clarity with which this books presents rather complicated ideas and the scope of topics discussed, from magik to physicology. This book is definetely a good buy if you want to explore different ways of looking at reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Wilson's book is actually very practical and can be applied to day to day life and experience. The 4 higher circuits of the brain that he describes are (I believe ) actually used... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I bought this book in not knowing what to expect, and I still don't precisely understand parts of it, but it does still feel like different sort of genius, in his perception of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dai
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason this book is so great...
...is that it offers you an opportunity to radically challenge everything you believe in about the world and yourself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Felix Siebenhühner
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book with an open mind, and you will gain a lot of insight
"Don't judge a book by its cover" is good advice for this one. For 3 years, neither the cover nor the description on the back motivated me to read it (it was the persistent... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Manuela Brand
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilson can fix your reality tunnel!
Robert Anton Wilson said that we only really have two choices when we get out of bed in the morning. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Halifax Student Account
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
Wilson not only explains the cognitive ideas of such disparate thinkers as Leary, Korzybski, Crowley and Sagan in a manner most laymen readily understand, he also convincingly... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and entertaining
This book explains human experience in terms of biological circuits and imprints. It is one "model" of the experience and as such it is interesting and it is valid. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Laura De Giorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Altering Mayhem
This book has changed my life (again) it has been probably the most influential book that I've ever read. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Matthew. D
5.0 out of 5 stars Expand your boundaries of thought
Simply a fantastic book.

Witty, challenging, deep thoughts written with a certain lightness. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by D. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The thinker thinks, the prover...
Good book. Really good book. Can't say that I agree with everything Wilson says, but the book isn't about agreeing. Read more
Published on 3 May 2010 by Mr Smith
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