Immediatism i. All experience is mediated—by the mechanisms of sense perception, mentation, language, etc. However, mediation takes place by degrees. Some experiences smell, taste, sexual pleasure, etc.
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Life[ edit ] While undertaking a classics major at Columbia University, Wilson met Warren Tartaglia , then introducing Islam to students as the leader of a group called the Noble Moors. Attracted by the philosophy, Wilson was initiated into the group, but later joined a group of breakaway members who founded the Moorish Orthodox Church.
Appalled by the social and political climate, Wilson had also decided to leave America, and shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King , Jr.
In the words of Michael Muhammad Knight , "The emerging postcolonial world was crowded with American hippies blowing their trust funds on mystical quests He spent a month in a Kathmandu missionary hospital being treated for hepatitis , and practised meditation techniques in a cave above the east bank of the Ganges. He also allegedly ingested significant quantities of cannabis.
There he lived in several places, mixing with princes, Sufis, and gutter dwellers, and moving from teahouses to opium dens.
In Quetta he found "a total disregard of all government", with people reliant on family, clans or tribes, which appealed to him. It was here that he developed his scholarship. He translated classical Persian texts with French scholar Henry Corbin , and also worked as a journalist at the Tehran Journal. Nasr offered Wilson the position of director of its English language publications, and editorship of its journal Sophia Perennis.
This Wilson edited from until Burroughs acknowledged Wilson for providing material on Hassan-i Sabbah which he used for his novel The Western Lands. A family trust fund enables him to live in a state he terms "independently poor". It should be a rallying call of the spirit for the environmental movement, or for as many parts of that movement as could be open to it.
In the same compilation he deals with his view of the relationships of individuals with the exterior world as perceived by the senses and a theory of liberation which he calls "immediatism". Temporary autonomous zones[ edit ] Wilson has written articles on three different types of what he calls temporary autonomous zones TAZ. Regarding his concept of TAZ, he said in an interview the following Usually only the religious ones last longer than a generation—and usually at the expense of becoming quite authoritarian, and probably dismal and boring as well.
II However, mediation takes place by degrees. Some experiences taste, smell, sexual pleasure are less mediated than others reading a book, looking through a telescope, listening to a record. Some media, especially "live" arts such as dance, theater, musical or bardic performances, are less mediated than others, such as TV, CDs, Virtual Reality. Even among the media called "media", some are more, and other are less mediated, according to the intensity of imaginative participation they demand. III For art, the intervention of Capital always signals a further degree of mediation.
Peter Lamborn Wilson
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