• Archive: Robert Anton Wilson

A Possible Introduction to the MONDO 2000 History Project

Nov 12

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10 Zen Monkeys, June 2010

Let the story beginning in the Spring of 1967. I am 14 years old and in 9th grade. It’s early evening and the doorbell rings at the suburban house in Binghamton, New York where I live with my mom and dad. It’s a group of my friends and they’re each carrying a plastic bag and looking mighty pleased. They come in, we shuffle into the guest room (where the record player is kept) and they show off their gatherings — buttons (“Frodo Lives!” “Mary Poppins is a Junkie” “Flower Power”), beads, posters (hallucinatory), incense with a Buddha incense burner, and kazoos. A lonely looking newspaper lays at the bottom of the pile, as though shameful, the only item unremarked.

Aliens Out To Get Us

Oct 13

Published on Wired.com, June 1998

The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead held that some things actually “undergo the formality of occurring.” For instance, in this actual phenomenological world, people either are, or are not, being abducted by space aliens. People either are, or are not, being subjected to sexual abuse by satanic cults. Lee Harvey Oswald either did, or did not, assassinate JFK.

It’s not clear if Jodi Dean, author of Aliens In America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace (Cornell University Press, 1998), would agree. What is clear is that Dean is far more interested in deconstructing the context of our extraterrestrial- and conspiracy theory-obsessed culture than in adding her thoughts to the extraterrestrial-question mix.