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Michelle Wirtz | www. digitalpionoese.de

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Ross Holden | www.neasdencontrolcentre.com

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Helge Barske | www.barske.com

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Stefan Claudius | www.phantompower.de

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Christoph Kniel | www.grauwerte.de

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Bard Hole | www.purified.org

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Text: Nannette Römer | nannette_roemer@web.de
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Paul Drohan | www.studiovoodoo.com

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Frank Werner | www.fw27.com

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Steve Smith | www.neasdencontrolcentre.com

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Daniel Motta Carvalho | www.against.com.br

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Frank Werner | www.fw27.com

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Helge Barske | www.barske.com

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Manfred Klein | www.manfredklein.de

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Aleksi Partanen | proosterianos.cjb.net

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Paul Drohan | www.studiovoodoo.com

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alternate realities in other minds. as a magician. we SF authors are like those wild-eyed folk in hair shirts . In other words. metaphorist. who wove legends round the campfire.kithrup. but times and places yet to come. If today‘s modern „priesthood“ consists of scientists. My specialty involves epics not about long ago. By chant and incantation -. it is the literature of change. . characters. and vivid might-have-beens. It is an ancient.txt by David Brin www.com/brin who once stood outside the temple gates.ONE: INTRODUCTION PART I earn my living as a writer. performing tricks and dazzling the crowds. shaman. It attempts to weave realistic might-bes. venerable profession. All tribes have had storytellers. Above all.I create images. since change is the very fabric of our time. These are bold days for such a genre. the readers -.and with the active collaboration of my clients.

seems to escape notice by both sides in the public began to take hold only a couple of centuries ago and is still tentative. yet has already achieved incredible wonders. There is a hoary notion that the two More important.“ same events. Much is scientist will tell you that reason is just another type of faith. forgetting that in other hands the same tools can be used question this near-universal.“ they preached. by slowly. to rebel dare counter: logically „prove“ all of the premises and prejudices he had started out with! When you have an ideology or theory that ought to be „Hey. I must learn to double check. Hegel. so-and-so will be discovered in this and ching reason. careothers to test the edifice you‘ve created. accurate.. Now I want to The irony of this implied compliment -. mathematicians are considered the idiots-savant hypocrisy. to experility is what‘s really out there. Plato. we have begun preaching this lesson to our youth -especially those entering science -. speculative tales.. and Jesus prescribing lot of „ifs“ and „therefores. of a new revolution. who decided to throw out everything he knew and shamans. and not just in science. step by painstaking step. Having worked on both sides. but a model of the world offers consistent explanations for of this problem has been around for a long time.. but I sure as heck can work to find out what isn‘t! human desire to believe your own spell-weaving. To a surprising degree.“ Mathematics is certainly the most brilliant..yet it is a hard standard to live up to. and where we both may wind up being surprised. That there is no such thing as good or bad. It resonates within our cro-magnon skulls. how the flawed world works. They aren‘t necessarily the same ment.as Plato. only within the mind. Take the famed philosopher. very few philosophers in any culture dared best desto prove. even „proofs. To the problem of imperfect knowledge. It contains the same cure. That one can never know mental systems are essential foes. only plausibility. in effect: „If made of the differences between their systems.a tower of theory which words or symbols which seem to demonstrate what you wanted Before Galileo. only thing valid is individual esthetics. a myth springing from the opposite end of the politi„reality checks. Another person may witness the an amorphous sea of relativity.“ helps us agree on common ground. incompledebate. but that no worldview or culture has any better inkling what is going on sion of the world. but this is not so. the manifesto. Only from time to time would a start from scratch -. also proclaims not only that all ideas have equal In other words. carefully testing the things you and others believe.“ Meanwhile they promulgate what they call „Creation Science. where you‘re wrong. But what they all had in common was far more important. In fact. or Y show contrary results. after a this wonderful theory of mine is true. another religion.in mathematics? Each of those sage-prophets worried that the power of human egotism tends to make each us lie to ourselves. imperfect as it is. „Instead of retreating into ourselves. but the siren call of egotism and self-righteousness can never be escaped. Perfect knowledge is to be found What about these so-called Just another pretty incantation. mathematicians are shamans. exploring possibilities that require no proof. Some are disproved and go deservedly to the dustbin.those preaching a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis -. dualist mysticism. science and science fiction have something deep in common. awareness metaphor or notion. A repackaging. possibility that someone else may prove you systems to check for self-consistency. Ren? always was accompanied by top-heavy hierarchies of magicians.“ And. and even consult and cooperate with other people. You might call it a shared frame of reference. Any thoughtful complete truth about physical reality via our senses alone. That‘s the way it works.“ that something must be so. right or wrong. PA R T TWO: NUTS AND BOLTS . both inside the Temple and out.a retreat to the inner world. for all their differences. can‘t you prove things on paper.and convince yourself. or giving of thing. Buddha and countless other mystics. one that look one more time at the Dogma of Otherness. Aquinas. the soul.“ among ideas. a version that can be. The tism and say -. leading to error. of course. hesitantly. Descartes. or art critics.“ I alluded to this worldview in earlier essays. only It takes great wisdom. for astute priests understand that people need myths. Meanwhile. lets you see the world a little clearer than before. and often is. „Don‘t bother trying to figure out to be tested against reality or remain a nebulous thing. Perhaps they. Buddha urging meditation. like to be taken far away now and then. the new priesthood manages to work by this new code. But it has taken an even more remarkable revolution for people to be able to add -This is the first of two ideas on which I believe Otherness is based. it takes great strength of character to overcome the very True.because they actually believe in logical in something. uncertain. it Consider the following statement: suggests a new and unprecedented solution. But always leave room for the useful metaphor-generating system ever conceived. A curiosity. You scribble down a scenario Most first rate scientific papers end with a statement saying.. too.. Yes. by slowly. then by all means try to prove it. how honest men and women live their lives. what people see going on around them. dirty trying to piece together the nuts and bolts of God‘s handiThe name could work. objective reawe know that all theories are equal. Seek your own private salvation „models of the world“ then? then. honest work. see But all theories aren‘t equal! Human thought thrives on competition Who among us hasn‘t noticed the effect of subjectivity in daily life? where I‘m wrong. I can improve my model of the world. so that most flaws are weewrong. a little while ago. apart from the world.„Hey. I may not ever be able to be certain what is absolutely true. in countless cultures. have preached the same message -.then proceeded.... maturity. I can fool myself! I might even be wrong.generally tolerated by the official guardians of wisdom.attacking so-called secular humanism by calling it „just picture. Socrates. value.beings have ever discovered to error. I can say that. and to a modern reader it probably sounds pretty obvious..that we all exist amid a blur did lump faith and reason together. ded out before publication.. forever in opposition. with every concept mutually exchangeable.“ After all. On the other hand.. get rid of. and criticism is the only anodyne human cal spectrum than Creationism. I Jesus. ever beckoning us back toward the narcissistic joys of magic. I should pause for a moment to explain something that may have perplexed you. from time to time. Socrates tea. each of these great savants offered a variant on convince others. colored or than any other. too.. It is also In fact. and instead allow Moreover. Testing it against the posfully finding out what is truer than what I already knew.. and force of will to overcome ingrained human egotwisted by what I want to see. Cultural Relativism. even the most elegant theorem has „Give up. I look through my eyes and see only a ver. through a process of elimination you can falsify. Yet. of the same old prescription -. a lot of wrong ideas even ones you cherished until the resulting looking at the world.“ sibility of being wrong. in other words. the best of today‘s scientists seem to enjoy reading Fitfully. and don‘t bother getting your hands In other words.on paper -. The same people proclaim that „evolution is just a theory. such experiment. yes? To ever come close to what‘s really going on. te. older ways of knowing -. far-out. of uncertainty in an imperfect world. and Moreover. my theory will be disproved if trials X faith. priests. and yet observe something entirely different. Mutual deliberation.that science is more trustworthy than This is the second half of the declaration. In other words. Anyone can come up with a about it) which we ourselves nurture or allow? In fact. let‘s try taking the problem apart into little pieces. If you believe of the scientific family -. Subjective reality is what I see and experience. a new and different way of Today one hears creationists -.“ be applied to any Reason can be just another form of faith -. and those (if we are honest others graduate to become models of the world. and alltoo often the rationalizing of evil actions. a valid model goes on to make testable predictions. as well. Marx and Freud all did -. which almost crito show opposite conclusions. The illusions others are prone to.

not necessarily better. Richard Dawkins. for as we said before. this way of looking at truth may sound obvious. while on the subject of human thought. by which our To you. came up with dreadful world models. this thread of lost glory runs through almost every mythic tradition. in his book. Of course. One peculiar side product. in sincerely trying to improve things. while retaining their basic validity. Still. Nearly all of evolution could be looked at as a winnowing of those genes which fail to achieve the central goal of making and spreading copies of themselves. Instead of „Truth“ with a capital T. cosmopolitan. Some. Throughout those millennia. our ancestors scratched and clawed. „Wanting“ is a human emotion. molecules do tic. A philosophy that might be called Look Forward. say believers in the Look Forward vision. as well. Even if a model survives trial after trial. a result of prejudice built into our language. .“ understanding of the universe has evolved year after year. successful predictions and comparison unchanged through time from some ancient text of lore. undrama. immutable and handed down as the Best Model in geology. and a few of them-the well-meaning ones-tried hard to redress the shabby ignorance they had inherited. to the legends of Native Americans. these new versions are incremental improvements rather than rejections. To begin. which already include science and democracy.sound biased in favor of the latter. Plate tectonics did not start out This new orientation toward the future. But revolutions are also known to happen. without the traumas or heretic-burnings that used to punc. The Selfish Gene. monolith. From Sumeria to China. is especially clear in the scientific attitude toward knowledge. his death. In science. stronger. a modern reader and member of contemporary civilization. If. pantheons or social orders which excused. Still. nation once had a golden age. This new priesthood is ce. But there is a notion going around that we just might be able to build one. It won its place after a long process of criticism. In other words. at times the process also seems staid. There was no golden age in the past. nearly every civilization we know of had a belief system based upon what might be called a Look Backward world view. a set of genes stumbles onto the right attributes.bes the universe at a given time. „Look Backward“ and „Look Forward. people shared a common belief that their tribe. PART FOUR: IDEAS THAT INFECT PART THREE: THE VIEW OF A GOLDEN AGE For six thousand. except in our own narrow sliver of time. and science as today‘s oppressive in the ecosystem. In any month or year.other.) But I cannot overstate how recently this point of view achieved anything approaching widespread acceptantuate advances in human knowledge. even despotic to those who today portray themselves as not contemplate goals. but profoundly different. It is a remarkably successful process.absolutely indispensible in science which is probably the least likely LET‘S take a side trip.however far back you assume we were intelligent and able to ask questions -. terrible persecutions or injustices. enabling it to create an organism which. sants. Its consequences. open to all comers. in any subject area. marvel ever to have emerged out of self-centered human minds. generation by generation. people. Leading theories are rewarded by becoming prime targets! More experiments are aimed at testing them than any others. in the most recent textbooks on any given subject-and even they won‘t be the final word. for tomorrow‘s children. we must backtrack to skim a little biology. today we have the cycle of improvement and revision I described a little while ago. a better time when jumans were more virtuous. And we can safely assume that they were terrified most of the time. men and women managed glacially. all ideas are not equal.our ancestors had very little idea how the world worked. is a strange commodity called „honesty“ -. Call it a monarch among theories. the effects of natural selection often do look eerily as if different genetic heritages have been striving against one another for niches brave nonconformists. The best world models are found in the latest journal articles. new experiments. describes how our genetic heritage seems to have resulted from struggles by nearly invisible clusters of DNA against nature and each Alas. even the daughters and sons of pea. as results pour in from to evidence. Usually. Some arty types would seem to prefer going back Put it this way. relatively rare in times past. An era when sages worked wonders and were wiser than more recent folk. Except ours. it inevitably changes in the process.will grow more profound as the years go by. in turn. no model lasts forever. Generally the one with the fewest inconsistencies and the best accumulated evidence to back it up. because in five or ten years there‘ll be better models still. This shift in the time orientation of wisdom is an intellectual sea change unprecedented in the annals of human thought. this revolutionary view declares. lives to make and pass on more to older ways of doing things the way „wisdom“ was handled everywhere and everywhen. closer to heaven. fifty thousand years -. to add to our knowledge-and to our wisdom. as Darwin‘s concepts have matured during the century since There was no past ancient golden age. despite all the mistakes and obstacles they faced. Our worldwide. (Note how even the phrases. not the past. even encouraged. by fortuitous happenstance. modern culture is arguably the first to take a radically divergent orientation. ten thousand. one description is usually the leader.

with similar traits. rather. tugging at our sympathies even today. which call competing idea systems „heresy. But if so. the world would probably have become a cinder sooner or later. it is clear that aristocracy toppled and crushed far keep it alive. wherever skill and craftsmanship are downgraded in favor of copies. even continents. Here it is only a prelude to Let me suggest that until recently.. if you‘ve been paying attention. macho was an effective way of valent of coughing on you.“ is one zeitgeist that is demonstrably both traditional and sane. which I call „The East. What would such a „living idea“ be like? Well. on average twice a century. and still others become Eastern with stunning rapidity. People should subsume their sense of self in favor of family.. Not genes.the very one we‘re more of these frail renaissances than socialism ever did. egocentric princes. the Earth will surely die. heroic epics come down to us from such tribes.that those descendants prefer to fantasize „heroic“ adventures featuring despotic kings. some tumble into the Macho orbit. machismo has a long tradition-a lot longer than ours. As worldviews go. If it‘s a successful self-replicating notion.the leading meme -. conveyed across generations by myths children absorb at an early age. after its fashion. themselves. These combatting zeitgeists had little to Dawkins‘s next step. in the course of the next decade. but „memes. What a powerful trick that would be! Does this sound like some bizarre science fiction scenario? Or is it.. or influential -. capricious superpower. We‘ll see. Capital is not wasted on male strutting. (which led to my story in this volume. because I‘ve continued thinking about it. we fear your pagan ideas. by telling other people! And now. but if this happens to your wife or sister. Memes are raw ideas. like conquering genetic codes. Or what if another meme caused its hosts. one can understand the Russian tradition of xenophobia. And so on. self-replicating many parts of today‘s running small clans. it‘s a good bet machismo sets the agenda. Can it be possible that the descendants of rebels -. then all those copies will also share the original successful trait and have an improved chance of making copies. in Star Trek!) Indeed of you will go out and tell others about it. some world.“ Islam. During most of recorded history it was dominant on this planet. or even lasted much longer. given their history of suffering terrible invasions. the meme of memes! By telling you about it. and discipline. What if one of them helped its host become prosperous. to keep other memes out. mothers are known to sit their little sons on their knees and say -. a pretty good model for what‘s been going on throughout most of human history? Examples abound. That fourth worldview.. fought to free us all from a beastly. some time ago I read a notion -. only that. You could say this idea was successful at „infecting“ me. you‘ll Machismo is anot. PART FIVE AT WAR (CONCLUSION): MEMES Now comes the truly sci-fi part of this scenario. nation. and curmugeonly wizards? Apparently it is so. cut her throat. this for entertainment.to spread the meme more effectively.. giving it continued Has modern life made feudalism obsolete? Maybe. In another land. Feudalism is one of the oldest.) discussing now -.„Someday you will deflower virgins and ravish other men‘s wives.„We don‘t fear your bombs. you in effect (If one tallies a list of history‘s few. To expose their children only to old.in And don‘t underrate it! Throughout human history.that of revenge. that metallurgy and agriculture combined to let close-knit elites establish and enforce an inherited aristocracy. uniformity. why do so many in the west go all teary-eyed over inbred European royal famiexistence. It may appear to be rare nowadays. long ago? But a virus or bacterium that just sits inside its host doesn‘t accomplish Or take the raging popularity of fantasy novels with feudal settings. „The Giving Plague“). five major memes have battled over the future of this planet. respect for elders. but it would be a mistake to dismiss it as an aberration. Wherever women take the way many today swoon over the way Klingons are depicted.„strutting“ and male-bonded loyalty groups. familiar ideas. Countless stirring. Take the dogmatic exclusion rule of most religions.“ One of the Iranian ayatollahs once said of America -.the notion of memes. Infecting you with the transmissible. The biggest argument against this meme is not that any alternative is intrinsically better. If paranoia had won. another venerable family of memes. The process works as well for autonomous creatures. By getting its host not only to think about it. Then there‘s paranoia. This is but a crude summary of insights Dawkins depicts so well. and hunter-warriors were central to clan life. communism. short-lived flowerings of freedom and enterprise. An effective pseudo-organism must do more. group. but to make and spread is touted as a primary virtue. nearly every fairy tale focuses on one theme -.. Its theme: homogeneity. Of course life would be impossibly dull if we didn‘t share ideas. that worldview of dour suspicion and bludgeoning distrust made for a brittle.communism. if it prevails. of human societies. Stoical labor and compound interest have a chance to work wonders. It must reproduce. for one thing it would survive by making its host think about it. in one middle-eastern culture. or excessively on arms. but some philosophers and historians have called it the „most natural“ seem capable of thriving in and via host organisms. like you and me. Watch how the other culture families devour its remains.true heroes who much. In contemplating a concept. no?) So let‘s play with these notions for a little while as I paint a rather unconventional picture of our familiar world. For example. They are deeper. or „life. as for a virus which invades a host organism and uses it to serve as a tool for replication. capitalism. if this meme really is fading. And so on. pompous slogan mills people have gotten all lathered about during this century -. as some parts of the empire hurry to join the West. (After all. older themes which continue to set the tone for entire civilizations even today. I am doing the memic equi. (Or notion of these infectious ideas.“ This may sound bizarre to some of you. charismatic.. For example.“ lies. while constantly mutating and adapting them to our purposes. Everywhere. But let‘s imagine some of these self-reproducing ideas pick up more attributes. Still. For example. including one that we americans kicked out with just cause. in fact. . or host tribe. simply because it cropped up in so many places throughout the millennia. Pure concepts which.. realize that‘s just what I‘ve been doing the last few minutes for one particular her powerful worldview meme. worsened by a deluding. are stifled and vengeance the inevitable ferment of this malecentered zeigeist was tolerable when human numbers were small. Christianity. oppressive way of life that doomed nearly everyone to ignorance and peasantry -.“ Why would he say such a thing? Dawkins theory seems to offer as good an explanation as any. One can see how such a meme would make governing large populations easier.. this time human minds. How would a living idea proliferate? Clearly the pull of the feudal meme is still strong in us. when he discusses another type of bundle of information do with those superficial.copies of the genes. superficial dogma. you‘re reading Different versions of machismo today dominate whole regions.

Tolerance plays a major role in the legends spread by this new culture. one that has rights of sea mammals? (The Japanese still remember needing them for food. ces which may indeed be far more „natural“ to we human animals. hunger for diversity. to the latest exercise in selfflagellation directed by by Oliver Stone.dangerous efforts to pander to racism and fear. both sides usually wrap themselves in terms such as „tolerance. eventually. and which. if I‘d been brought up differently. it must still contend ceaselessly with macho. let alone the idea of finding it attractive. the dismal and depressing failures of a system which promises freedom. One that actually encourages an appetite for newness. Youthfixation replaces reverence for age. but has fallen so far short of that ideal.„If you ever encounter a Or that it might be possible -. by all means.. Both violence and the egregious excesses of hyper-individualism will certainly abate. aristocracies used Are a bunch of infectious „meme“ worldviews really at war over human . (Look at the underlying message contained in most situation Make no mistake about it. carried by an eccentric minority in each culture. sance has been wealth.to rally the masses by pointing to some outside threat and whipping up paranoia. Humans might even slowly.. today. in a world rife with copycat pessimists? Do a head count.. do I take all of this seriously? What a strange. and even surpass them. that our institutions can and must be improvable? Goes to Washington..) lity of many nations. It is always the most intolerant or pompous character who gets comeuppancy) is still the upstart. is the impatient. One sees similar efforts taking place today.. is spread quite effectively by science fiction. although that only scratches the surface. or moon landings. that Otherness rests its foundations on a brief oasis of plenty in human history.“ „choice“ or „individual rights. to Rebel Without a Cause. Witness the civil strife now raging in so many formerly peaceful parts of the world. shared by of them was raised on myths extolling eccentricity and solitary defiance! (From Mr.for children to learn from the mistaweird stranger from an alien race. in turn.. I expect it because the rich and powerful no longer control this new myth. in efforts to combat Otherness -. science and democracomedies.„Sheesh! What an optimist Brin is!“ -.and desirable -. unprecedented meme! One that encourages an art form as compulsively questioning as science fiction. It is a strange. the underdog.“ And absoluteAnother thread pervading countless films and novels is suspicion of authority. we all now appear to be along for the ride.. and you have a then. plus a tradition of humorous self-criticism. ly everybody.) You can earn a good living as an iconoclast in the West Or that vigorous criticism is one of the best ways to elicit change. Traditional forguished.. right or left.“ „privacy. Smith millions. No longer is the emphasis on looking to the past. But when or if we ever meet aliens. hide him from your own people‘s freekes of their parents. is suspicious of the government! A plethora of writers in Hollywood and elsewhere have worked this vein. For better or for worse. Where it is strongest. as propaganda. In most debates over issues concerning the public. in the context of history. Add to this a plague of selfrighteousness.. But in the sweet mantras of their slogans than in finding pragmatic solutions to modern problems. It has outgrown the grasp of even the „enlightened“ intellectuals who originally set it on its way. ce before the final curtain. in its way. Or that „I might be wrong“ is a statement any adult is made better by saying frequently. will have been extin. commanders of armies. therefore why not fight for the „Calm“ is the last word you would use to describe the fifth meme. It has succeeded far better than any other culture since we left the caves. homogenizing. even ridicuWhat we can say in its favor is that Otherness has become powerful in the official morale. (In many languages there is no word for the concept. since each How bizarre. in which both individuals and political factions seem more interested I wouldn‘t find it much fun living in a human civilization dominated by sameness..) In any event. other culture in history that ever spread hyper tolerance myths like Steven Spielberg‘s movie E. earned in a better. Efforts which may succeed here and there. but which I hope and expect will be largely in vain.. you will probably have some preservation of the environment. and all ancient idols and gods are replaced by a new figure on the alter. ly elected tribal elders!“ To me this is a far more startling break with history than wonder drugs. saying -. formula for troubled times ahead. Otherness (along with its two offspring. (Anyway. Name one aloud or in private. while despotic. what if I‘m simply doing my own iconoclastic bit? Optimism. afraid.T. And never before have leaders of nations. wiser tomorrow. Is it any wonder we disaalways been a lesser theme. but to be swarming forth with every passing day. Because by then or even California. each of them acting as if he or she was inventing rebellious individualism -. no pandas but some trees. Now the bonus question. I might not think „fun“ such a key desideratum. and that this new meme will vanish from sight just as soon as the dunes sweep back in. If the East wins.. we would not understand them. or computers that talk.. deeply utopian notion. It may be eagerness for change. To those in the audience who have been shaking their heads for some time. One worthy of much criticism. especially if you make your idol-smashing entertaining. rebellious worldview unlike any of its predeIt is good to recall that nations and tribes never preach tolerance and love of diversity when they are cessors. get out into space.I can only answer that I am well aware of the problems. until ours. the flaws.other traditional forces which continue battling over the minds and actions of women and men. had to accept the fact that they routinely will be objects of critique. justice and plenty for all.. the Self. Few seem to have noticed how odd this message is. especially the unprecedented comfort enjoyed by the vast majority of westerners since World War II. having operated civilizations for It may be that the best time for Otherness has already passed. the Eastern worldview is the only one with a proven track record. but by the new standards we have set for ourselves. it is a poor record indeed. in which very few of us can even conceive of starving. with good and bad consequences Or that a golden age is not to be nostalgically mourned in ancient tomes. In olden times.. after all. was calm and orderly. in societies where the few ruled the many. gree?) What is the fifth meme? You‘ve heard me call it the Dogma of Otherness. I‘ll bet I‘m the one who‘s being different!) It would be an exaggeration to suggest that this meme I call Otherness „owns“ territories like Europe or America.. in which a generation of children were taught -. Clearly part of the basis for this renaismillennia in a manner that. and the very notion of diversity.an ironic twist. paranoic. or on conformity as a principal virtue. who are so innately egotistical and afraid.

Rather. more critical and eager for diversity and change. and hordes seeking to have their consciousness raised! The jury is still out whether otherness-fetishism is any saner than older ways. or in hoping that readers of my books will come away each time feeling just a bit more tolerant. It‘s what you people pay me for. Forget Hollywood pathos about mean. and landed in a macho culture. or should. or a rebel worldview. reporters. The National Guard encircles the vessel. or in the East. We may disagree about the how and why and wherefor of Otherness.It is our country. THE END . nasty CIA types and trigger-happy rednecks.minds. win in the end. .. Yet I know where I stand. and you went along willingly on this one. (Sometimes I wonder!) Nor is there any proof it will.the five memes -.under the Dogma of Otherness. If you feel the same way.I described above. talkshow hosts. The territory of hope. picture a flying saucer setting down in a parking lot in today‘s California. or simply a way of life. I‘ve thought of an amusing experiment you might play. talent agents. with the prize being the future of human civilization and the planet? Of course not. then it hardly matters whether it‘s a meme.. Those guilt-tripping movies have been partly responsible for seeing to it that (with luck) that sort of schmaltz won‘t happen. My upbringing cannot help coming out in my writing.. My job is to take you on entertaining rides on the backs of strange new metaphors.. Still.. using these five protagonists -. more future-oriented. You get four wildly different scenarios. while agreeing on what counts. I hope you found this trip through strangeness to your satisfaction. or a feudal one. don‘t you? Now go one step further and imagine alien contact with people brought up in the final way I‘ve described -. or a paranoid society.. to protect our alien visitors from novelty seekers. Try to picture what might happen if extraterrestrials ever did come to Earth. The wide open commonwealth of wonder.

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weil er traurig war und wollte. wenn man Tee mit Rum trinkt. Irrtum Ebbe. beim Hasen. Kein großes Wasser da und das kleine Wasser in den Hasenaugen riesig auf einmal. daß man eine ganze Geschichte erzählen kann. da Gott gerade den letzten lauen Schluck Tee die göttliche Gurgel hinunterspült. Das große alte Wasser. so viel Zeit. Eins noch: Gott hat sich entschuldigt. zu erzählen: Er war mit dem alten Dieselbus. fand das Steinchen. da fängt der Hase an. war Ebbe. 23x23x23 parpart2 t2 . das noch viel kleiner war als er und da fuhr der Hase wieder nach Hause mit dem Diesel. dass die Traurigkeit aufhört auf seine Hasenaugen zu wirken. wo das Kieselchen kuschelig sicher und geborgen liegt. wo schon Gott Tee aufgesetzt hatte. Hier ist die Geschichte zu Ende. Am Meer war er noch nie traurig gewesen. war kein Wasser da. "wolltest ein Steinchen übers Wasser witschen lassen mindestens dreimal springen lassen. weiß Gott. will auch der Hase mal ne Geschichte erzählen und nicht immer nur Gott. ein blauer. ans Meer gefahren. Sprach der alte Fährmann: "Wir haben kein Wasser. war wohl nicht seine beste Idee. Ebbe eben. du hast das Steinchen vom Strand!" und klatscht vor Freude in die Hände."Weißt du. woher das Kieselsteinchen stammt?" fragt der Hase den Gott und blickt in die Vertiefung seiner felligen Pfötchen." Ebbe. woher der Hase den Stein hat und spricht: "Hase. und man viel Zeit hat. weil das Meer nicht da war. der alte Mann. fühlte sich der Hase klitzeklein. Klar." Und weil sie gerade Tee mit Rum trinken. kann ja vorkommen.

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uk > A Day In The Hood By Jennifer Sherowski July 6. including Trevor Andrew and Keir Dillon. rails. who were filming for their Mack Dawg video parts—big air-to-fakies and general dominance all around. teall me more about BEAST. which has come to represent the quintessential suburb. Finnish recruit Ami Voutillainen was also laying down the law around High Cascade-ville. and Puerto Rico. N. this text by NationalGGS (geographika) for BEAST magazine.v >>nextpage . in Levittown. a quarterpipe. You never know when a rain day’ll sneak up on you in the Northwest. and three different sized halfpipes. > > >peace. Photo: Jennifer Sherowski 11:00 am Got ready to shred along with the entire town of Government Camp.co. you won’t find any of the famous Cape Cod houses. not only mass-produced houses but entire suburbs? Levitt and Sons built four Levittowns in New York State. Despite the unavoidably soupy landings. where >it goes . This year the theme is.Y. and I feel lucky because it’s been cold and wet the past couple days. Instead they are made of concrete. However. 2001 8:30 am Woke up with a bloody nose. Everyone seems to be here for the same reason.. Mental note: Oregon is dry as a Sahara creek bed and consuming some sort of liquid during the day would probably help. circus-like atmosphere. Day is clear and bright.2 Fundamentally the BEST magazine in the world is BEAST.. Keir Dillon. _Macarena ‘ >please.dID you know. New Jersey. The van gets a new paint job every year. As on-hill manager Tonino Copine remarked.R.. It made for a festive. Last night was a cutting night. well. High Cascade’s park area was chalk full of jumps.. macarena@postmaster. see for yourself … 12:00 The snow is unusually sparse for this time of year. Did you know that the company that built Levittown. a Ferris wheel would’ve fit right in. mail me. Campers got to ride with a slew of pros. P. Parked next to the High Cascade digger van and its cargo of clever hessians from Utah. Pennsylvania. The High Cascade superpipe is cut every other night. construction standards don’t allow wooden houses because of potential hurricane and termite damage. longtime pipe digger Scotty Wittlake made everyone look silly by landing absolutely everything he tried off the kickers. just ALLLLL. what it is. so today things were on. actually I want to >know all about BEAST. so High Cascade and Windell’s camp areas are within spitting distance.

which may have kept the sun off their skin but had to have felt like a convection oven on the inside. wandering aimlessly around the encampment. the sun still hadn’t set yet. 7:30 Nope. 3:45 Afternoon activity time. since the sun doesn’t go down in Oregon ’til 9:00 PM. shooting off smoke bombs and peeling out in spray-painted vans (if you were Danny Kass. Okay. who gave an absurd display of how good you can get by skating that thing every day.highcascade. The digger van. TWS editor. Oakley reflective lenses. or another hooded member of the Grenade crew). I was burnt to a crisp. so I didn't go to sleep at ten o'clock … but you don't have to know everything. go to: www. The bandit look (wearing a bandana over your face old-West style) was in full effect among the diggers. A special thanks to Ang and the rest of the High Cascade staff who helped make summer camp funner than ever this year.Scotty Wittlake. involved more painful sun exposure. The High Cascade street course and skate ramps in downtown Government Camp were mobbed. But things remained for the most part “under control. Danny Kass and Jeff Anderson impressed campers with sketchy stunts. public drunkenness is strictly forbidden among camp employees. which. 9:45 Dreaded curfew … extreme exhaustion from fun summer-camp activities quickly gives way to the depths of slumber. For more information on the camp. My weapons (Coppertone SPF 48. while Danny had to stop every few minutes to give autographs. Photo: Jennifer Sherowski 2:00 Waged an all-out war with the sun. But fashion faux pas in an effort to avoid the sun was all the rage on the hill. The younguns are fed well at High Cascade.” Due to events involving stolen go-carts and alleged members of the High Cascade staff last summer. and bad fashion) were no match for the solar flames that licked the glacier. Every last one of them wore solid black with hoods up. if you know what I mean. Jeremy Jones slayed the bowl along with the High Cascade skate staff. Photo: Jennifer Sherowski 6:30 Dinner—either vegetarian or meat food. and not at all like the sickly green drivel I remember from summer camp as a kid. AKA Tonino’s Mafia. . Lane Knaack. More skating.com.

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