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Robert Anton Wilson

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Robert Anton Wilson or RAW (January 18, 1932 - January 11, 2007) was an American novelist, essayist, philosopher, psychologist, futurologist, anarchist, and conspiracy theory researcher.

Wilson was born in Methodist Hospital, downtown Brooklyn, New York, and spent his first years in Flatbush, moving with his family to Gerritsen Beach around the age of 4 or 5, where they stayed until he turned 13.

On June 22, 2006, Huffington Post blogger Paul Krassner reported that Robert A. Wilson is currently under hospice care at home with friends and family. On 2 October 2006 Douglas Rushkoff reported that Wilson was in severe financial trouble. As of 3 October the front page of rawilson.com contained an appeal for funds. Slashdot, Boing Boing, and the Church of the Subgenius also picked up on the story, linking to Rushkoff’s appeal. As his homepage reports on 10 October these efforts succeeded beyond expectation and raised a sum which will support him for at least 6 months.

On December 2nd it was reported that, “…he is feeling much better, now”.

Wilson died on Jan 11 2007. His last writing, on his blog on the 6th of January, read in full:

“Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.

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