Friday, January 11, 2013

Flying Lasagna Day


Noting the passing of the great Robert Anton Wilson...

On January 6, 2007, Wilson wrote on his blog that according to several medical authorities, he would likely only have between two days and two months left to live. He closed this message with "I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd." He died peacefully five days later, on January 11 at 4:50 a.m. Pacific time.

"Keep the lasagna flying" was an exhortation to practice rigorous intellectual agnositicism and non-aristotelean logic as often as possible. Opining that "belief is the death of intelligence", Wilson advised maintaining a flexible and fluid mentality as free as possible from dogmatic constraint. An adept of this sort of thinking should be able to argue seriously that "lasagna could fly."

In honour of this day, I am preparing a lasagna in the crockpot, which later this evening I shall be launching down the street with a makeshift sling.

I miss you Bob. The world needs your wisdom.

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