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January 11th, 2007
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RIP RAW
In case you haven't heard it from every other person on your Friends list, Robert Anton Wilson's blog says that he passed away earlier today.*

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* I qualify that with "Robert Anton Wilson's blog says" because ... well ... every single other source I've been able to find on the Internet eventually links back to that one single blog post. Boing Boing, Wikipedia, the single source for it in Google News ... etc. Now, if I had to single-source a news story about a famous person's death, their blog would be the best possible place for it. But I can't help but hang onto a reservation or two based on his own statement 5 days earlier that "I don't see how to take death seriously."

I don't think RAW would take unkindly to one last gesture of earnest truth-seeking in my waiting for confirmation. It's not very Discordian to allow reality to be dictated to you by one single voice, no matter how much you love and trust and respect it.

And, should this (inevitably) be found to be true, much love to you in whatever Beyond awaits, Rob old boy.


UPDATE: It took a few days, but news agencies got on board. Any reason there was to doubt his death has vanished, but the irony remains.

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From:lhexa
Date:January 12th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
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Perhaps now would be a good time to start reading some of his works. :P
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
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... Or, as I posted to his Wikipedia article's Talk page (slightly edited for grammar) --

I just find it painfully ironic: The death of a man who made such a point to criticize our unwavering faith in people who proclaim themselves authorities on the matter is sourced from ... a single person who proclaims himself an authority on the matter.
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From:elynne
Date:January 12th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
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... excellent summation, thank you.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 13th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)

So who updated the blog?

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Is my main question. It doesn't appear that whoever posted that left a signature, which I think would be pretty standard procedure when posting a message on a blog that's not yours. You know, something that says "posted by his loving daughter" or at least a "he died peacefully in his sleep or something".
~M
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 15th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
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Does this mean we now have to get into religiously-fueled stasis?
(After all, if war is the most destructive form of chaos...)

A pity. I hoped to meet the guy one day. Alas, he has now joined Socrates, Nietzsche, the Marx Brothers, and (insert random unborn person's name here) in this plane's peanut gallery...(If that's where lives go after they end. Besides the crematorium or graveyard) Part of me wonders what cosmic pranks will be pulled by the recently expired.

I guess that this event could result in good things. For without a master, those who looked to him for guidance must now take their own paths, preferably for the better. (Unless the worse path is the better path, at which point I need a cup of coffee for the headache). Hopefully we'll get a few sages out of the bunch.
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