Cosmic Trigger I: Final Secret of the Illuminati Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Anton Wilson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Timothy Leary say is the message?

2. What do Discordians espouse in place of dogmas?

3. What is the first law of Discordianism?

4. What phenomenon does Wilson claim has been verified by thousands of researchers over a period of decades?

5. Which of Wilson's 24 selves has veto power over all the others?

Short Essay Questions

1. What value does Timothy Leary teach LSD can achieve for mankind?

2. Why does Wilson believe that immortality is an actual physical possibility for human beings?

3. What does Wilson note may be the final secret of the Illuminati?

4. What is the difference of opinion between those who are friends of Timothy Leary and those who are his enemies?

5. What were the Starseed Transmissions?

6. What are the three submodels for Bell's Theorem that all things are indivisible?

7. Does the philosopher Santayana believe that humans are better at seeing or believing?

8. What does Wilson consider to have been Aleister Crowley's major achievement?

9. What are the rules for the Socratic approach in Discordianism?

10. What are the two meta-models Wilson suggests to account for all of his data?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various organizations throughout history have claimed the title of Illuminati. Write a persuasive essay outlining whether you do or do not believe that such an organization is active in world politics today.

Essay Topic 2

Many religions describe an enlightened state, satori, or Nirvana. In your paper, describe how you think a person would feel and think who had achieved such a condition.

Essay Topic 3

A reliable narrator is one whose account of events can be believed. Would you characterize Wilson as a reliable narrator? Use examples from the text to show which of Wilson's unusual experiences seem to you to be believable or unbelievable.

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