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Something to Say for Dissatisfaction *

Aug 15th, 2008 | Filed by

Stephen Cave reviews John Naish, Eric Wilson and Julian Baggini.… Read the rest

The Prince is Mistaken on All Counts *

Aug 15th, 2008 | Filed by

GM crops already allow greater yields with less water, less energy and fewer chemicals.… Read the rest

Sherry Jones on Censoring ‘The Jewel of Medina’ *

Aug 15th, 2008 | Filed by

Is Random House no longer publishing books about Islam? … Read the rest

Rushdie Not Impressed by Random House *

Aug 15th, 2008 | Filed by

‘This is censorship by fear, and it sets a very bad precedent indeed.’ RH ‘stands by its decision.’… Read the rest

Ignorance as a basis for policy

Aug 14th, 2008 12:31 pm | By

Good; let’s everybody pile on Charles. He needs to be told his status doesn’t substitute for scientific training.

The heir to the throne may wish to use his privileged position to promote his organic produce while denigrating those of us who wish to use science to help feed the world. But he should at least do so from a position of scientific evidence rather than ideological dogma. He shows a common misunderstanding of how agricultural science works. What’s worse, though, is that his comments risk reinforcing the mistrust felt by much of the public about how their food is produced.

Because of who he is – which is exactly why he should be more cautious about mouthing off instead … Read the rest

HRH Incapable of Keeping His Mouth Shut *

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His attacks on further GM experiments expose the ignorance behind Prince Charles’s remarks. … Read the rest

Ben Goldacre on Cargo Cult Science *

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The Quantum Xrroid Consciousness Interface creates optimal wellness.… Read the rest

Prince Should Consult Evidence not Dogma *

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HRH uses his privileged position to denigrate those who use science to help feed the world. … Read the rest

Johann Hari on the Rebellion of the Child Brides *

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The conservative mullahs say there is nothing wrong with child-marriage – because Mohammed did it.… Read the rest

Johann Hari on a New Blasphemy Law *

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Insulating a religion from criticism keeps it stunted at its most infantile and fundamentalist stage. … Read the rest

Let them eat profiteroles

Aug 13th, 2008 2:01 pm | By

Charles is misusing his wealth and status again, taking advantage of his privileged position to lay down the law on subjects he knows nothing about.

Des Turner, a Labour MP and member of the Commons science committee, said: “Prince Charles has got a way of getting things absolutely wrong.
It’s an entirely Luddite attitude to simply reject them out of hand. In some developing countries where for instance there is a problem with drought or salinity, if you can develop salt or drought-resistant crops there are great benefits.”

Oh well you see that would require thinking about specifics, and Charles doesn’t want to do that, he just wants to use his unearned unmerited authority to make sweeping unsupported evidence-free … Read the rest

Gardasil and Both-sideism *

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Presenting a settled scientific issue as a simple dichotomy legitimizes fringe beliefs.… Read the rest

Phil Plait on Countering Antivaxxers *

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If the antis are successful then many, many children will die of totally preventable diseases. … Read the rest

Chuck’s Claims Long on Bombast, Short on Evidence *

Aug 13th, 2008 | Filed by

An analysis of the Prince’s claims indicates that few of them are founded on data from the real world. … Read the rest

Charles Gets Things Absolutely Wrong *

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Prince’s lack of scientific understanding would condemn millions of people to starvation.… Read the rest

3 Aid Workers, Driver Killed in Afghanistan *

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The women worked for the International Rescue Committee; gunmen shot up their cars in Logar province.… Read the rest

P Charles Talks Evidence-free Nonsense *

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‘Clever genetic engineering…guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster environmentally of all time.’… Read the rest

A wealth of implication

Aug 12th, 2008 6:10 pm | By

Not exactly.

Of course, the novel will be published sooner or later. Writing about Muhammad has become the shortest cut to media attention in the west. And of course semi-employed young men and women from religious Muslim backgrounds will be out on the streets, shouting.

Women? No they won’t. You don’t see them out there much – which is not surprising, since in ‘religious Muslim’ countries they’re not always encouraged to join in, if you get my drift. But they also, quite possibly, have better sense. It tends to be the young men who work themselves into stupid frenzies about this kind of thing. Rage boy, remember? Rage girl not so much.

[E]ven very religious Muslims cannot ignore the

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Mick Hume on Pre-emptive Grovelling *

Aug 12th, 2008 | Filed by

Fearful self-censorship in the name of liberal values is worth intellectual rioting.… Read the rest

Child Starved to Death for not Saying ‘Amen’ *

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Members of ‘Mind Ministries’ viewed the child, age 21 months, as a ‘demon.’… Read the rest