A portrait of Aleister Crowley by Kenneth Grant

A portrait of Aleister Crowley by Kenneth Grant

"The Confessions of Aleister Crowley" quote

"Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler.
Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing.
It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say "no." I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.
One may be wholeheartedly eager to do something which is as easy as falling off a log; and yet it is impossible. "

Aleister Crowley

http://library.queensu.ca/files/icons/book_open.png  “The Confessions of Aleister Crowley” pg385   

Robert Anton Wilson vs Carl Sagan

Robert Anton Wilson Trashes
the Unbridled Arrogance of Carl Saga 

Robert Anton Wilson not only thought he was an arrogant douchebag, but wrote an entire chapter about that very topic in his book Cosmic Trigger III: My Life After Death:

“If anybody possesses all the qualifications necessary for a fully ordained Expert in America today, Carl Sagan certainly has that dizzying eminence. Through frequent appearances on TV and in Parade (a news magazine circulated through hundreds of newspapers in their jumbo Sunday editions), Dr. Sagan has issued Expert verdicts on every possible controversial issue in science, and in politics, and even in theology, for three decades now. And, like the Experts who authenticated hundreds-to-thousands of Elmyrs, he has never once admitted he ever made a mistake.
You may wonder how a man who only has qualifications in astronomy can also function as an Expert on everything in general. Well, I think it requires Sagan to have a lot of raw courage, in the first place, and a strong, well-founded confidence that those who don’t believe his dogmas have much less access to the media than he does; if they answer him back, however effective their arguments, very few of his large, gullible audience will ever hear about it.”