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Cosmic Trigger Volume 2: Down to Earth Paperback – 1 Jan 1991
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While this, the second volume of the "Cosmic Trigger" series, continues along the path set by the original "Cosmic Trigger I", it also stands solidly on its own. Any reader with an open mind and a sense of humour cannot help but be entertained and enlightened while following Wilson's explorations into such subjects as the future of cyberspace; the peculiarities of Irish jurisprudence; links among the Mafia, the CIA and the Catholic Church; anal-eroticism in the White House; the Dog Castrator of Palm Springs; and many more observations from his infinitely fertile brain.
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My whole journey into this weird world of hidden extras began with Cosmic Triggers 1, and it has been about 8 years since that fateful day when it fell into my hands.
This second edition, Down to Earth, is more... well down to Earth I guess. I think, though I do not know, that this could reflect a few thingies, so I shall offer a multi-model approach to understanding why this isn't the first book all over again:
1) because everything has to go somewhere, and if it was the first book all over again, it would be a sorry schmuck of a work.
2) because it reflects a different time in RAW's life, when he was reconciling tripped out views. He was coming back down to earth.
3) because he knew that the reader of this second book, would likely be cult followers of the first, and he anticipated (correctly I would assume in a lot of cases) that his reader seeking more would more greatly benefit from this earthy work, than from too much more of the dogged aliens from Sirius.
4) because he thought it would further initiate the wise, by demonstrating that these matters (and what not), are not so far out at all.
5) I don't know.
The book is a mash up of conspiracy, politics, society, and almost reads as an auto-biography at times. It occasionally shocks the hell out of you. These shocks are, in my opinion, well-timed; deliberately so.
I can't wait to get the next one, but for now I am moving onto Illuminatus.
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There has never been anyone like Robert Anton Wilson, cosmic jester/philosopher extraordinaire who has generously expanded more minds through the years than most so-called teachers of higher learning. "Higher Learning" through the RAW method produces a frightening, staggering number of people who end up thinking for themselves and - this part's really scary - actually start enjoying their lives.