Cover photo is a statue of Giordano Bruno on the Piazza Campo de Fiori, Rome Italy, designed and made by Ettore Ferrari. The location is the exact spot that Bruno was roasted and toasted at the stake, February 17th, 1600, accused of heresy by the Church for theorizing the infinity of space and having the audacity to suggest we might not be the center of the known Universe.

“What great physicist hides behind the mask of Wilson?”
New Scientist 

“Malicious, misguided fanaticism.”
– Robert Sheaffer, The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

Finnegan quoting Sean Murphy, “Ah, Jaysus,” he said, “I’ve never seen a boogerin’ normal day.” He paused to set down his pint, then added thoughtfully, “And I never met a fookin’ average man neither”
– Timothy F.X. Finnegan, Committee for Surrealist Investigation of Claims of the Normal

“OBSCENE, blasphemous, subversive and very, very interesting.”
— Alan Watts, Zen Philosopher 

The New Inquisition

Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science

by Robert Anton Wilson

Foreword by
Douglas Rushkoff

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For Bob, nothing was sacred and nothing was set in stone – except maybe the idea that fundamentalism is a dangerous dead end. Like Alfred Korzybski’s Science and Sanity, Robert Anton Wilson’s The New Inquisition seeks to rescue science from fundamentalist materialism, and the rest of us from the broader implications of this approach. It is at once a philosophical treatise and an act of cognitive defiance . . . His message is more important right now than it was when he wrote it. Our digital fundamentalists see human beings as an engineering problem to be solved. Behaviors and thoughts that do not conform to our algorithmically generated profiles are to be eliminated, and humans shepherded into the reality tunnels that obey the laws of rationality alone. We are right now being programmed by the very fundamental materialists RAW is warning us about on these pages.”

– from Douglas Rushkoff’s Introduction to The New Inquisition 

Here’s the full cover of the print edition designed by amoeba.