Robert Anton Wilson – Maybe Logic – DVD Review


Disinformation presents Robert Anton Wilson – Maybe Logic. Running Time: 94 minutes. Not Rated.


Lance Basucher


Robert Anton Wilson……….himself

The Movie:

If you don’t know who Robert Anton Wilson is, he’s the guy who wrote the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy. This documentary expounds not only on Wilson’s theories about reality, but also gives us insight into his life and the struggles he faces in old age.

There are many things discussed in this film, not all of which will be discussed here. Wilson talks about being a pope of the Church of the SubGenius. I could spend the whole review talking about that but I won’t, look it up if your curious. Strange things are afoot there. In this section of the film Wilson talks about how he ordains everyone he meets to be a pope of the Church of the SubGenius.

Wilson spends some time talking about growing up in small town and going to Catholic school as a child. It was when he was 13 when he came to the conclusion that there was no god. When he was a young boy he had polio. He’s in his 70’s now and suffers from post polio syndrome, which gives him lots of pain and makes him near wheelchair bound. He shows you that he can walk and takes a few steps, but that’s it.

Wilson spends a lot of time talking about reality, our perceptions of reality. “What makes the grass green?” he says, is it because it is green, or only because we see it as green, or something in between.

Wilson is a very peaceful person. He forgives everyone and everyone, including George W. Bush! He also talks about the word “is” and how we’d all be better off if we didn’t use it. It’s better to say “seems” or “maybe” instead. Like to say Beethoven is better than Bach. No! Say Beethoven seems better to Bach to me. To me this is the most interesting idea presented in this film.

Wilson also talks about how in the 70’s while doing acid he went through a period where he believed aliens from the planet Sirius (it’s a real planet, look it up) were contacting him. Later he believed that maybe it was just a hallucination, or maybe it was a púca (a creature from Celtic mythology). Now he fluxgates between all these theories depending on the day.

This film ends with Wilson going to a rally to stop the ban of medical marijuana. Marijuana helps ease the pain of Wilson’s post polio syndrome and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let the our czarist president take that away from him. He has a great little speech in here where he goes off on George W., but then afterwards apologizes and forgives him.

Robert Anton Wilson is one of the most fascinating and underappreciated minds of our time. Even if you don’t believe any of his theories, and he’s not asking you to, it’s still interesting to hear what he has to say. And if he can open your mind to other possibilities just a little, I think that would make him happy.


Robert Anton Wilson wearing his SubGenius shirt.

The DVD:

The Video:

This film is full screen, 1.33:1. The big problem with this documentary is that it is poorly but together. Wilson is great and what he says is fascinating, but it looks like some high school kid spent a couple hours tinkering around with their Final Cut Pro and put this together in a day.


The Audio:

There is nothing special about the sound here. In some of the interviews it is hard to understand what he’s saying. It’s a shame that more love and care wasn’t put into this DVD.



Exercises: Robert Anton Wilson gives you a few exercises to test you perception of reality. I didn’t try any myself, but they seemed very interesting.


InsidePulse’s Ratings for Robert Anton Wilson – Mabye Logic
(OUT OF 10)