Words by Dr. Robert Anton Wilson,
annotated and highlighted by Steven Pratt (Fly Agaric 23)
for educational purposes and the continued study
into 'the tale of the tribe'.

Hyperlinks are to wikipedia for the most part,
with repeating names linking
various source materials
and further good RAW writings.


Most but not all of this material is taken from RAWs Recorsi' documents where he introduced and outlined his great ideas about what the tale of the tribe is about, generally approximated by his question: What do Giordano Bruno, Giambatista Vico, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernest Fenollosa, Ezra Pound, Alfred Korzybski, James Joyce, Buckminster Fuller, Claude Shannon, Marshall Mcluhan and Internet all have incommon?

I hope that this question and others concerning the tale of the tribe can be re-ignited by some simple editing and highlighting on my behalf, and I hope that others will continue this on-going study into ways to build a better society, communicate better and reduce harm and intollerance world wide using special language. Love, steve.

THE TALE OF THE TRIBE in Bobs words. Part I v1.0

"make it new" - Ezra Pound

...the alphabet vs. the equation....?
...language as Class Warfare...?

A modern epic according to Ez
and Joyce [and Korzybski, I suppose],
Would avoid narrative structure
and generalization.
This would mean inventing a whole
new style.

Our minds, Bucky says—by which he means
our software—contain the universe,
by the act of comprehending it.

Like Joyce, Vico believed that poetry
arose out of creative etymology
("incorrect etymology," in Academese).
Like Joyce - and also Whorf and Korzybski -
Vico believed in a radical change in language
could alter our percieved reality tunnels.

The "nat language" of Finnegans Wake, in fact,
can best be described as
hologrammic prose.

Just as a hologram is so structured
that each part contains the whole,
Finnegans Wake is structured
in puns and synchronicities
that "contain" and reflect each other,
creating the closest approximation
of an infinite regress ever achieved
in any art-form.

The absent is ever present,
the dead are all alive,
and the abyss of uncertainty appears in every

According to Ez, even 1920s technology cd have
given everybody a decent standard of living,
except for the "monopolists, obstructors
of knowledge/obstructors of distribution."

Do people who think "ideogrammically"
develop different "brains" than people who think

Bucky Fuller and Pound agree with
Fenollosa that they do.
What do you think?

Here we mostly use Fuller's
synergetic/planetary sociology,
as influenced by and an influence
upon Pound.

Ez invented his new style
at the same time Joyce invented his;
It seems impossible to disentangle
Joyce’s Epiphany from Ez’s Ideogram.

People still trapped in Aristolian reality tunnels
have never stopped
Blaming them for "obscurity."

Ezra Pound [1885-1971] a foremost creator of and
the primary polemicist and propagandist
for "modernism" in literature and art;

Proponent of "ideogrammic"
as distinguished from "alphabetical" [linear]
perception and/or conception of world;
major influence on McLuhan.

What underlies the accelerations
noted by Henry Adams and Korzybski
is nowadays known as the selection of
negentropy out of
stochastic processes.

Our understanding of this is chiefly due to
almost-simultaneous discoveries (1946-48)
by quantum physicist Erwin Schrodinger,
mathematician Norbert Wiener
and an electronics-communication expert at Bell Laboratories,
Claude Shannon.

"All these coincidances mesh
into one another in an endless Strange Loop
that makes Finnegans Wake a model
of the interconnectedness of all things
asserted by bell's theorem in quantum mecahnics,
26 years after FW was published.

What Joyce and Ez aimed at in their
ideograms and ephianies,
semanticist Alfred Korzybski referred to as extensional method:
Orientation by concrete facts.

Aware of both tragedies and triumphs
Joyce Prefers to emphasize the bawdy
comedy of history.

To EZ, an ideogram meant an event which
illuminated things far beyond
What it referred to.
Which seems more appropriate
for a modern epic?

Ez and Joyce make more sense
in the world of Internet than they did
in the 1920s.

Ez, McLuhan and associates reprinted
Fenollosa's "The Chinese Written Character
as a Medium for Poetry"
As part of their Square Dollar Series.
It Anticipates some
Formulations of General Semantics
and NLP.

In the present context, Korzybski's
mathematized language structures,
like the Fenollosa/Pound emphasis on
Chinese ideogram, Helps us perceive/conceive
Internet in alternative ways,
Not possible for those restricted to
Indo-European semantic structures.

As Weiner wrote, great poems
contain high information, Political
speeches contain little.
Compare a page by Ez, or Dante
to a page by George Bush,

Fenollosa [1853-1908], wrote an essay on
"The Chinese Written Character as a Medium
for Poetry" which vastly influenced
Ezra Pound and, through Pound, modern
poetry generally.

Said essay also anticipates some formulations
of General Semantics and Neuro Linguistic
Programming [NLP], and foreshadows
modern critiques of "linear"
and "alphabetical" thinking.

Both Joyce and Pound
felt that the traditional narrative
form of epic was obsolete
and replaced it with what Joyce called
Epiphany and what Pound called

To Joyce, an epiphany meant any event
however seeming trivial which revealed something
"grave and constant" in human affairs.

To Pound, an ideogram meant an event
which illuminated things far
beyond what it referred to.

Shannon and Weiner created the
mathematical foundations of
cybernetics in 1948.

Sixty years later, in 2008,
cybernetization of the world, as complete as the
Electrification of the 19th Century,
will have jumped us to a new energy-level,
A new social reality, as
Alvin Toffler predicts.

According to the Korzybski-Whorf-Sapir
hypothesis, the language
a people speak heavily influences
their sense perceptions, their "concepts" and even
the way they feel about themselves
and the world in general.

"A change in language can transform
our appreciation of the cosmos,"
as Whorf stated the case.

James Joyce justified anarchism on the grounds that
"the state is concentric and the individual
is eccentric.

Consider Tale of the Tribe
as an alternative
form of script.

Information = what we cannot predict."

--Robert Anton Wilson.
(annotated by Steven Pratt. aka Fly Agaric 23)