model agnosticism

model agnosticism

Never subscribing with 100% certainty to anyone’s belief system (“B.S.”) — including your own. (Credit: Robert Anton Wilson)

In a 2003 interview with High Times magazine, RAW described himself as a “model agnostic” which he says “consists of never regarding any model or map of the Universe with total 100% belief or total 100% denial. Following Korzybski, I put things in probabilities, not absolutes… My only originality lies in applying this zetetic attitude outside the hardest of the hard sciences, physics, to softer sciences and then to non-sciences like politics, ideology, jury verdicts and, of course, conspiracy theory”.

More simply, he claims “not to believe anything”, since “belief is the death of thought”. Wilson described his writing as “an attempt to break down conditioned associations”, to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models or maps and no one model elevated to the “Truth”.

“My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything.” (Source:

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