Latest Blog Post:Not a harmless tic
Molly Worthen objects to the substitution of “I feel” for “I think.” She’s not just picking a nit.
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The imperfect data that linguists have collected indicates that “I feel like” became more common toward the end of the last century. In North American English, it seems to have become a synonym for “I think” or “I believe” only in the last decade or so. Languages constantly evolve, and curmudgeons like me are always taking umbrage at some new idiom. But make no mistake: “I feel like” is not a harmless tic. George Orwell put the point simply: “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” The phrase says a great deal about our muddled ideas about reason, emotion and
By Leo Igwe, April 9, 2016 It was a misnomer to have called what these journalists did an investigative project.
By Bruce Gorton, April 8, 2016 I have no better label for my beliefs than to say I am a feminist, not as a mark of pride, not as a member of a movement I seek to dominate, but as a statement of what I believe to be true.
By Leo Igwe, April 3, 2016 Since the 90s, some African Initiated Churches have, in their quest for relevance and extra income, established child delivery facilities that are often operated by 'traditional birth attendants'. These churches lure their members who are pregnant to use their faith clinics instead of going to the maternity clinics where they are likely to pay more for the process of delivery.
By Stefano Bigliardi, January 29, 2016 I still remember how reading about the structure of the double-helix set my mind aflame: I felt I knew the answers to the mystery of life and the answer was far more persuasive and beautiful than the gods and goddesses of the myths. I don’t think I have ever prayed since.
By Adele Wilde-Blavatsky, January 9, 2016
Women’s rights and feminism has come a long way in the past 100 years. Many women worldwide now have the right to vote, to travel freely without a male companion, to get an education, to work, to marry and divorce out of choice, to take control of reproduction, sex and family planning and get a decent wage for their work. There is still much work to be done though, with some countries still suffering from unacceptably low levels of gender equality and human rights for females.
For some on the bourgeois ‘Liberal-Left’, or what feminists like Aayan Hirsi Ali accurately call the Regressive Left, the reason why women of colour still lag behind on human rights and freedom in … Read the rest
By Leo Igwe, December 28, 2015 The university's president is slowing turning the institution into a quasi-church.
By Leo Igwe, November 20, 2015 Though many sections of black South Africa are bubbling with religious fervor and mysticism, there is a wave of non-religiosity and unbelief sweeping across these communities. Individuals, like Nosipho, are part of this wave of change and transformation. One only needs to look beneath the charged surface of religiosity and theism to capture this undercurrent of atheist awakening in black South Africa.
Haredi women are the breadwinners, but don’t talk to them about feminism.… Read the rest
India: prominent scholar murdered
Police suspect the involvement of Hindu extremists in the murder of Dr Malleshappa M Kalburgi, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi.… Read the rest
IS beheads antiquities scholar in Palmyra
Khaled Asaad, 82-year-old scholar who worked for over 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed by IS on Tuesday.… Read the rest
Bangladesh: atheist blogger hacked to death
Niloy Neel was hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in Dhaka.… Read the rest
This collective sense of honour and shame has for centuries confined our movement and freedom of choice, and restricted our autonomy.… Read the rest
Alabama senator says slavery was good for black people
The bible says slavery is ok and the Southern slave plantations were fabulous for the slaves says State Senator Charles Davidson.… Read the rest
Saudi cleric tells women to wear one-eye niqab
Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive.… Read the rest
Tarek Fatah on death threats over free speech
The celebrated and controversial Canadian author Irshad Manji received the first “Mansoor Hallaj Freedom of Speech Award” by the Muslim Canadian Congress.… Read the rest