Prometheus Rising

by Robert Anton Wilson

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Featuring a New Afterword by Richard Rasa!

Prometheus Rising describes the landscape of human evolution and offers the reader an opportunity to become a conscious participant. In an astoundingly useful road map infused with humor and startling insight, Robert Anton Wilson presents the Eight Circuits of the Brain model as an essential guide in the effort to break free of imprinted and programmed behavior. Bob writes, “We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full stature – our total brain power – is what this book is all about.”

“We’ve needed this for a long time “ – Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer

“The funniest, most incisive social critic around.” – Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

“Robert Anton Wilson is one of the leading thinkers of the modern age.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

“Erudite, witty and genuinely scary ” – Publishers Weekly

“A dazzling barker hawking tickets to the most thrilling tilt-a-whirls and daring loop-o-planes on the midway of higher consciousness.” – Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the BluesJitterbug Perfume and other great books

Here’s the full cover of the print edition. Many thanks to Scott McPherson at amoeba for the fantastic work!


a graphic from the DIFFERENT MODELS & DIFFERENT MUDDLES Chapter in Prometheus Rising

(This colorized version was only made for the website. The book has the original black and white version.)

The Leary Interpersonal Grid,
also known as the Interpersonal Circumplex.

In previous editions of Prometheus Rising this information-rich graphic was maddeningly small and difficult to read. Many thanks to Bruce Damer and his historical archives for uncovering Timothy Leary’s original copy of the Interpersonal Grid, and providing a high resolution scan which we used for the new edition.


The inscription in Timothy Leary’s copy of Prometheus Rising.
Thanks to Bruce Damer and the archives at the Digibarn.
Thanks also to David Jay Brown‘s fingertips holding the book in the photo above.

My function is to raise the possibility,
“Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit.”

Robert Anton Wilson interviewed by James Wallis  (click for full interview)

JW: To what extent do you think you’ve become a part of the New Age movement? The stalls in the atrium tonight seemed to be concerned with a lot of New Age material, and to an extent the way you’ve been talking about Virtual Realities and mind expansion you seem to be almost a forerunner of the movement.

RAW: The Berkeley mob once called Leary and me “the counter-culture of the counter-culture.” I’m some kind of antibody in the New Age movement. My function is to raise the possibility, “Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit.”

JW: You don’t seem to take very much of it very seriously.

RAW: Some of it I do take seriously. In Prometheus Rising and Quantum Psychology I’m definitely trying to teach the reader how to change their own consciousness so they don’t need a guru to do it for them. I’m very definitely a spiritual anarchist.


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