All entries by this author

Smug Theist Calls Atheists Smug *

Oct 30th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Our culture’s criterion of acceptability is not “Is it right?” but “Does it work?”’… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on Sectarianism in Birmingham *

Oct 30th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Our leaders aren’t diminishing the importance of race, but fuelling sectarianism.’… Read the rest

Birmingham Riots Thirty Years in the Making *

Oct 30th, 2005 | Filed by

Birmingham city council and government funding regimes have fuelled this hostility.… Read the rest

Fuller Transcript

Oct 30th, 2005 1:20 am | By

More Fuller. I’ve been reading the transcript (and so has Stewart, see his comments on I Employ Methods). It’s time to share.

A. Well, you might say as a philosopher I’m
professionally dissatisfied with all explanations that
claim to be final. And so there is going to be a
special suspicion sort of drawn toward the
taken-for-granted theories in any given discipline.

Q. So you’re not saying that intelligent design
is the correct or the better explanation for
biological life?

No, I’m not. I’m certainly not. They’re
not – they haven’t developed it enough to really be
in a position to make any kind of definitive judgment
of that kind…I want to see where
intelligent design goes, frankly. I mean,

Read the rest

Transcripts of Steve Fuller’s Testimony *

Oct 29th, 2005 | Filed by

Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District transcripts and more. Pdf files.… Read the rest

I Employ Methods

Oct 28th, 2005 9:11 pm | By

Steve Fuller. I’ve been browsing in some of my books, leafing through indexes, consulting bibliographies. Steve Fuller.

Here is a passage from Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont’s Fashionable Nonsense pp. 97-98:

Let us read it as a methodological principle for a sociologist of science who does not himself have the scientific competence to make an independent assessment of whether the experimental/observational data do in fact warrant the conclusions the scientific community has drawn from them. In such a situation, the sociologist will be understandably reluctant to say that ‘the scientific community under study came to conclusion X because X is the way the world really is’ – even if it is in fact the case that X is the way

Read the rest

Iran Defiant Over ‘Slur’ *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Blair, more accurately, refers to threats.… Read the rest

NSS Warns Kelly Over Religious School Expansion *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

The more religious schools there are, the more children will be separated by religious categories.… Read the rest

First International Congress on Islamic Feminism *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Islamic Feminism cites misogynistic distortions of the teachings in the Koran. … Read the rest

Press Reaction to Ahmadinejad’s Statement *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Calls for wiping people off maps tend to raise alarm.… Read the rest

Libby Charged in Plame Case *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Aide to Dick Cheney resigns after indictment.… Read the rest

Chaos of Religious Hatred Law in Australia *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Even if no prosecutions are brought, the Act will inhibit public debate on issues of great importance.’… Read the rest

Two Thirds Oppose State Aided ‘Faith Schools’ *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Guardian/ICM poll shows 64% agree ‘the government should not be funding faith schools of any kind’.… Read the rest

Harriet Baber on Multiculturalism *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

White liberals have dismissed intellectuals critical of their ancestral cultures as inauthentic.… Read the rest

Parents Demand Bussing to ‘Faith School’ *

Oct 28th, 2005 | Filed by

Parents sue council over refusal to bus Jewish children 30 miles across the Pennines. … Read the rest

An Unblemished Record

Oct 27th, 2005 9:13 pm | By

Bush is being especially irritating today. No he’s not, he’s always this irritating, but there are a lot of examples of that around today and recently. I feel like gathering a few of them together.

He didn’t get to appoint his friend to the Supreme Court – no fair.

Harriet Miers, the US president’s nominee for the supreme court, announced today she had withdrawn her name from consideration. Ms Miers, who is George Bush’s former personal lawyer, had been facing growing opposition amid questions about her qualifications and claims of cronyism.

Gee, I can’t imagine why. Just because she’s never done any judging. Just because she’s totally unqualified, and wouldn’t be nominated for even the smallest localest judicial post if … Read the rest

Fuller and Deeper

Oct 27th, 2005 7:32 pm | By

Well great. Janeya Hisle of the Pennsylvania ACLU took extensive notes on Steve Fuller’s testimony, so we can explore his linkage of social constructionism with creationism more thorougly. Thank you Janeya Hisle.

According to Dr. Fuller, scientific methods are inherently discriminatory and designed to shut out alternative ideas. For example: peer review. The reviewers are rarely a representative group but a “self-perpetuating elite.” By evaluating a scientist’s track record and publications, the process discriminates against young scientists with new or unpopular ideas. Dr. Fuller said that these same scientists might also have unequal access to grant funding. He suggested that an affirmative action program for scientists with alternative ideas might be one way to address this economic bias.

Yup – … Read the rest

Steven Fuller Testifies *

Oct 27th, 2005 | Filed by

ACLU official takes thorough notes; Fuller says interesting things…… Read the rest

Links Between B’ham Riots and ‘Faith’ Schools? *

Oct 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Segregating children according to parents’ superstitions a great way to create a volatile, violent town.… Read the rest

BHA Alarmed at Expansion of Religious Schools *

Oct 27th, 2005 | Filed by

Large ‘faith-based’ trusts to take over schools currently free from a religious ethos. … Read the rest