Note: This essay was originally written on December 3, 2017
I’ve been asked with increasing regularity what is wrong with the world, and here is what I think it is at the very core:
We have a crisis of evolution.
Since the very dawn of humankind, there have always been one or two people in the Tribe who seem, inexplicably, to possess a different view than the others. An expanded view.
“The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.”
—Robert Anton Wilson
I first read Robert Anton Wilson’s The Cosmic Trigger in 2009. It was a period in my life where I encountered, for the first time, a number of related thinkers & their ideas—including Timothy Leary & his “8-Circuit Model Of Consciousness,” Philip K. Dick & the concept of “VALIS,” and Terence McKenna’s notion (via J. B. S. Haldane) that reality might be far weirder than we can possibly conceive of.
[Arcanium is a stream-of-consciousness feature that may-or-may-not have any meaning to you.]