Wisecracks are reductive and anti-ruminative; they don’t encourage deeper analysis, they stymie it. … Read the rest
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Dowd’s book is a Feminism Is Dead polemic, put through a Dowdian styleblender.… Read the rest
Avoids ‘bargain basement Nietzsche and Foucault’.… Read the rest
Which was not JC but some of the forces of clerical reaction and feudal injustice.… Read the rest
Lucky us then.… Read the rest
It’s funny about this piece by Ziauddin Sardar – it gave me quite a turn when I read it a few days ago, because I’ve been writing an article that talks about exactly, but exactly, an issue he discusses. It’s a rather important one, too, and one in need of as much clarity of thought as possible. Getting it wrong causes suffering all over the place.
The bearded and elegantly attired supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the fundamentalist Muslim group, like to emphasise the non-violent nature of their party. As a recent press release put it, they “have never resorted to armed struggle or violence”. This is correct as far as it goes. While HT has openly engaged in the
A couple of amusing items sent by readers – by readers who are the creators of said amusing items.
John Emerson has a little rumination on Freud – possibly scurrilous, he says, but surely that’s a good thing.
Read Civilization and its Discontents lately? Remember the part about men peeing on fires to put them out? And why women like to weave? (Hint: it has to do with pubic hairs. Funny old women.)
So John pondered.
I imagined a band of cave men gathered around a fire like the one I saw, incontinently and ecstatically squirting their tiny streams of urine in the futile effort to extinguish the raging fire, while at the same time their resentful, feminist wives tried
Andre Glucksmann and Bernard-Henri Levy say a few words.… Read the rest
Contrary to the calls of many liberals, increased emphasis on multiculturalism is not the answer.… Read the rest
Atheists were libertines, libertines were naughty, because atheists were naughty.… Read the rest
Undiscovered ants in the Amazon…… Read the rest
A healthy eater would brand herself as a toff and be picked on for being ‘too healthy’ and ‘too brainy’.… Read the rest
‘Children are being brought up in a society where violence is the norm in many ways.’… Read the rest
Ishtiaq Ahmed on a distinguished historian of Pakistan faced with absurd accusations.… Read the rest
I like this, so I thought I’d share. There’s this job interview for a prospective philosophy teacher, see…
Other candidates should create distractions. One man illustrated proper logic with this syllogism:
All men are mortal.
Socrates is mortal.
Therefore, Socrates is a man.
I raised my hand. “Birds are mortal too, aren’t they?” I asked, hoping he would correct his error.
“Yes,” our teacher agreed.
“So Socrates could be a bird?”
He smiled benignly. “No. Socrates doesn’t have feathers.”
‘God even claimed and received from me various goods and prayers in exchange for forgiveness.’ Cheater.… Read the rest
British Humanist Association education officer debates Bishop of Guildford.… Read the rest
Observers have declared the vote peaceful and transparent.… Read the rest
People who pray the hardest – for martyrdom, purity, the defeat of the infidel – pose the greatest threat.… Read the rest