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John Barlow, Grateful Dead lyricist and co-founder of the EFF called Pronoia “the opposite of paranoia—the suspicion that the universe is a conspiracy on your behalf.” Scottish psychologist Fraser Clark defines Pronoia as "the sneaking hunch that others are conspiring behind your back to help you. Symptoms include sudden attacks of optimism and outbreaks of good will".[1]

Free Will Astrologist Rob Brezsny defined Pronoia in 2004 as "the antidote for paranoia. It’s the understanding that the world is fundamentally friendly. It’s a mode of training the senses and intellect so you’re able to perceive the fact that life always gives you what you need, exactly when you need it".[2] Pronoia could also be defined as benevolent conspiracy.


  1. McGonigal, Jane. AvantGame Presentation at the Austin Game Conference. Published 2005. Accessed Oct 2011.
  2. Ibid.