Robert Anton Wilson snuffed it recently. May he rest in slack.
His parallels with Ultimate Comment thought are significant. For one thing, he recognized the 8-ness of consciousness. His views on semantics and the philamasophical import thereof are also very Ultimate Commenty. He wrote about 'maybe logic', an idea which has influenced The Ultimate Comment recently. His advocacy of Psychedelics and LSD-25 earns him more kudos from us, as does his fondness for the insane cults of Discordianism and The Church of the Subgenius.
His trip was to show people that what they believe is invariably irrational, so don't believe anything. Look at the bullshit the cats on the other side of the fence from you believe in: crystal healing, Nazism, Christianity, Republicanism, racism, anti-racism, scientific realism, whatever. You're convinced that they are wrong, yet they are certain of what they believe, absolutely convinced of it. How did they come to these beliefs? What is wrong with their beliefs? Do they constantly expose them to doubt and questioning? NOW ask yourself this: if all these people are wrong, what makes you think you are right? (See: Nihilism, metabelief and magick)
Pope Bob was as erudite as hilarious. His books show a deep understanding and a splendid synthesis of semantics, cognitive science, Zen, Discordianism, James Joyce, Crowleyanity, Chaos Magick, drugs, Wilhelm Reich, Gurdjieff, quantum mechanics, yoga and some stuff I've forgotten
"Every ideology is a mental murder, a reduction of dynamic living processes to static classifications, and every classification is a Damnation, just as every inclusion is an exclusion. In a busy, buzzing universe where no two snow flakes are identical, and no two trees are identical, and no two people are identical- and, indeed, the smallest sub-atomic particle, we are assured, is not even identical with itself from one microsecond to the next- every card-index system is a delusion."
"Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence."
- 'Prometheus Rising' - Pope Bob's guide on becoming insanely deadly, available online. Read it. Use it.
- 'The Semantics of God' Page 1, 2 and 3. A short article published in The Realist