ROBERT ANTON WILSON DIED JAN. 11, 2007
Author Robert Anton Wilson (also known as RAW) died of natural causes at age 74.
A novelist, essayist, futurologist (artists who investigate and posit where the world is going in the future), philosopher, psychologist, anarchist, and conspiracy theorist, Mr. Wilson was best known for his sci-fi/philosophy books The Illuminatus! Trilogy. He was also a former editor for Playboy Magazine.
His writings garnered him a large cult following that continues to grow. The writings of RAW deal with consciousness elevation, paranoia, conspiracies, and the nature of reality in a relatively optimistic and humorous way.
In his own words, Wilson’s writings “attempt to break down the conditioned associations—to look at the world in a new way.” He had also said that his goal was “to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything.”
Mr. Wilson appeared as himself in the documentary The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick. His play Wilhelm Reich in Hell was turned into a direct to video production in 2005. His life was explored in the documentary Maybe Logic: The Lives and Loves of Robert Anton Wilson.