REVIEW: Robert Anton Wilson’s “Natural Law or Don’t Put a Rubber on Your Willy”

Bremer Acosta
6 min readJul 21, 2023

Wilson describes himself as a ‘guerilla ontologist,’ signifying his intent to attack language and knowledge the way terrorists attack their targets: to jump out from the shadows for an unprovoked attack, then slink back and hide behind a hearty belly-laugh.

— Robert Sheaffer, The Skeptical Inquirer

Robert Anton Wilson was a satirist, futurist, agnostic mystic, guerilla ontologist, and Episkopos in Discordianism. He wrote many popular books such as “Cosmic Trigger,” “Prometheus Rising,” “The New Inquisition,” “Quantum Psychology,” “Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy,” and “The Illuminatus! Trilogy.”

The newest edition of Wilson’s “Natural Law, Or Don’t Put A Rubber On Your Willy And Other Writings From A Natural Outlaw,” is a collection of ten essays, two interviews, and one short story.

Wilson often used his eclectic knowledge of science, psychology, yoga, the occult, Zen Buddhism, conspiracy theories, and so on, to expose the absurdity of dogmatic beliefs while expanding his philosophy of model agnosticism.

He was a self-described “cosmic schmuck” and “heckler of philosophers,” challenging the epistemological certainty of anyone who dared to study his works (including himself). As he once wrote, “I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.”

Insights from “Natural Law, Or Don’t Put A Rubber On Your Willy And Other Writings From A Natural Outlaw”:

  1. In the physical sciences, natural law is a “statistical or mathematical generalization” for which predictions are made (Wilson 37). No experiment can absolutely prove the truth of such laws, but it can refute them. Scientists regard scientific laws with tentative acceptance and skepticism.
  2. Some currently accepted…