"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 recommendation of a friend of mine).
Robert Anton Wilson connects different psychological and historical theories with neuroscience to explain levels of consciousness from which individuals and societies operate. Based on this, he explains insight-fully how the world is not the same for any one person, and how we can understand different "reality tunnels" better. If you understand his model of the 8 brain circuits, you will never again look at people, the world and concepts such as science, money, military or politics the same way. The book provides a profound understanding of the evolution of human consciousness, and brings forth the message that we are meant to rise to higher levels of futuristic circuits.
Some limitations: => Reading the book was at times not easy, Wilson adds many references to unknown authors or stories without explaining them adequately to the reader. His writing style is nerdy, it sometimes feels like he is writing for a circle of friends. But there are nuggets of brilliant insights all throughout the book. => It is sometimes difficult to distinguish scientifically proven facts from personal speculation. Some of his predictions in the book about the future of mankind have been proven wrong (e. g. that life extension drugs will be widely available in the year 2010, and most of humanity will have migrated towards space by 2026). => The book is classified as Psychology/Self Help. However, it goes way beyond academic psychology and some of his exercises are very difficult/impractical to perform (e. g. "take a course in Kungfu for 3 months, then re-read this chapter"). Others are mind-blowing and foster empathy and wisdom.
Amongst others, one can find references to Transactional Analysis, Neuroscience, Yoga, Tarot, Astrology and Jung's Archetypes in the book.
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