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KJ 33
published January 1, 1997
170 pages (bookzine)

Cover Image: The Three Pillars of Creation: The Eagle Nebula in M 16
The Hubble Space Telescope
November 2nd, 1995. Courtesy of NASA

It’s no news that human life is governed primarily by how humans think. De la Rochefoucauld, 18th-century master-polisher of the double-edged rapier of wit, declared: “There are few sensible people, we find, other than those who share our opinions.” New ideas permit transformation. But sensible ideas and even heresies, shared widely enough, also rust into proverbialism, and lapse into orthodoxy.

One’s mental landscape is, however intimately inhabited, a shared phenomenon. Every society lives by orthodox belief. Whether tribal or nationalist, caballist or cannibalist, socialist or capitalist, fascist or communitarian, foraging/agricultural or industrialized/post-industrialized — in every case, individual freedom of choice has come down to a choice of orthodoxies, albeit in spectacular diversity according to locally dominant ideas. Witness today’s smorgasbord of new and old religions, indigenous revival and rage, Third World American Dreams, fundamentalism revisited, right-wing stridency, and business everywhere as usual. Welcome to world culture. You get what you pay for.

As fish schooling in rivers/oceans of orthodoxy, can we see the water we inhabit? If orthodoxy is proverbial and written in stone, heresy is the lightning-flash of fresh graffiti, punctuated with a question-mark. The heretic is the doubter, the dissenter, the conscientious objector, the revolutionary, the lighted candle. Consider Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi and all those like her, including executed Nigerian writer-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, speaking the heresy of human rights, challenging authoritarian regimes, corrupt systems, polluters and exploiters. Slowly, throughout history, the heresy of constructive criticism has raised the stakes, and expanded the horizon of accepted ideas. And has been the object of merciless suppression.

Contents:

SCRATCHING CATHARS – Beth Lischeron

WOMEN’S BRAINS – Stephen J. Gould

HUMANITY’S GAIN FROM UNBELIEF – Charles Bradlaugh

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ORTHODOCTOR? – W.David Kubiak

CULT FICTION – Philip Grant

DARWINISM & THE NEW TEMPORAL COSMOLOGY– Jeremy Rifkin

THE GROWTH ILLUSION – David. C. Korten

DOING THE POSSIBLE – David. C. Korten

RENEWING EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES – Dayle M. Bethel

CHRISTOPHER, GEORGE ET AL– Hal Gold

The ‘90s CULTURE OF XENOPHOBIA– Guillermo Gomez-Pena

JAPAN IS BREAKING UP & THIS IS HOW – Tony Barrell & Rick Tanaka

THE SUBCONCIOUS & INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE– Johan Galtung

SHETRILLOGY: MAD/UP WORDS & WOM WORDS ORTHODOXY – Marlene Mountain

ASPECTS OF HERESY &– John Koerner

FENCING THE SKY – Thomas Fitzsimmons

HERESY IN PSYCHOLOGY: THE NEW PARADIGM – Sheila Fling

CONVERSATION WITH THE LUDDITE – Kevin Kelly

HARMONIZING CONFUCIUS AND LAO-TZU – Wolfe Lowenthal

NARCISSISM REVISITED – Theodore Roszak

TATTOO: THE SKIN DEEP HERESY – Lawrence Tyler

COVER STORIES – Sasha Yungju Lee

HOW PEOPLE MIGHT LIVE IN THE 21st CENTURY – Atuhiro Sibatani

A COMMON PRAYER – Michael Leunig

TRUD – Roger Dunsmore

TRANSFUSIONS OF MODERNITY: Science and Blood in Japan – Bruce C. Caron

HARUMAGADON – F. J. Logan

UNDOING THE TIES THAT BIND – Allan G. Grapard

DIVINE WINDS: THE FOUR HERESIES OF SHOKO ASAHARA – Preston L. Houser

KILL THE BUDDHA, SAVE THE CAT – David Rothenberg

EXCERPTS FROM THE LANGDON CHRONICLES – Robert Brady

KYOTO HATES KYOTO – Alex Kerr

THE LAST OF THE SMOKERS — Tsutsui Yasutaka

Reviews:


Coming to Our Senses: Body & Spirit in the Secret History of the West, by Morris Berman — Dayle M. Bethel

Mutant Message from Down Underby Marlo Morgan — Robert Eggington 

Dogen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community, a translation of the Eihei Shingi, trans. Taigen Dan Leighten and Shohaku Okumura — Gregory Dunne


 

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