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Dr Robert Anton Wilson (January 18, 1932January 11, 2007) was a futurist thinker, libertarian, and writer. He held a Ph.D in Psychology. At one time he was a writer for Playboy magazine.


Wilson was the author of the Schrödinger's Cat trilogy (1979). He also co-wrote (with Robert Shea) the Illuminatus! trilogy (1975), which took a humorous look at the American fear of conspiracies. These books mix true facts with fiction.

In The Cosmic Trigger (1976), he introduced Discordianism, Sufism, futurism, the Illuminati and other unusual subjects to the general public. He also worked with Timothy Leary to promote futurist ideas of space migration, life extension, and intelligence enhancement.

Other fiction books by Wilson include The Earth Will Shake (1982) and Reality Is What You Can Get Away With (1996). His non-fiction books include Quantum Psychology, The New Inquisition (1994), and other volumes of The Cosmic Trigger. He and Miriam Joan Hill co-wrote Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups (1998), an encyclopedia of conspiracy theories.


  • Smoley, Richard and Jay Kinney, "Doubt!: The Gnosis Interview with Robert Anton Wilson," Gnosis, No. 50 (Winter 1999).

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