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ID’s Big Problem: Who Designed the Designer? *

Jan 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Design is not a real alternative to chance at all because it raises an even bigger problem than it solves.… Read the rest

Be Careful in Interpreting Poll Results *

Jan 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Unlike scientists, the general public does not understand that belief takes no part in scientific thinking.… Read the rest

Oi, George, What About This Leaky Roof? *

Jan 8th, 2006 | Filed by

How easy is it for Galloway’s constituents to contact him? Vikram Dodd finds out.… Read the rest

When in Doubt, We Ditch Logic *

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Brain-imaging study finds that the higher the level of uncertainty, the more instinct, not logic, will rule.… Read the rest

How to Read Derrida and Marx *

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‘Disconnected from political engagement, reading lacks urgency.’ It does?… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on ‘The Root of all Evil?’ *

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See the Colorado preacher lose his boyish charm.… Read the rest


Jan 7th, 2006 9:52 pm | By

And there’s always dear Madeleine Bunting. How fondly I look back on her musings about how much happier ‘African’ lives are than those in the creepy dreary alienated consumerist West. How the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo must have chuckled if any of them were in a position – what with being so busy starving and being ill and dying and all – to find a Guardian and read her essay.

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is killing 38,000 people each month, says the Lancet medical journal. Most of the deaths are not caused by violence but by malnutrition and preventable diseases after the collapse of health services, the study said. Since the war began

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Shouting the Loudest

Jan 7th, 2006 9:00 pm | By

The Economist tells us that racism and resentment haven’t gone away, they’ve just gotten more complex. Oh good. Old-fashioned white-on-black racism is old hat; now the happening thing is Caribbean children resenting Somali children and Sikhs resenting Muslims. So much more diverse and multiculti that way.

Kirk Dawes, a black former police officer who now runs a mediation service in Birmingham, commends the way in which the police and the council have purged overt racists from their ranks. But he criticises the way both have relied on “community leaders,” especially those of a fiery type, as interlocutors with ethnic minority groups. “There is a belief that those who shout the loudest can best solve the problems within their community,” Mr

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Jan 7th, 2006 6:16 pm | By

I love the hairdresser thing, don’t you?

In a splendid return to form, Demos has silenced rumours that it is all thunk out with a proposal that hairdressers be invited to shape local government policy…”Our research has led us to conclude that hairdressers are the most authentic voice on the high street,” says Demos’s Sam Hinton-Smith, “and that they should be given a formal role in urban policy-making.” Not only that. Hairdressers “act as counsellors and social workers”.

The most authentic voice on the high street – really? More authentic than the voice of the fishmonger? The traffic warden? The shopper for dinner and a newspaper and some lightbulbs and a DVD? The panhandler? The market surveyor? The random … Read the rest

Ex-editor of Gay and Lesbian Humanist Clarifies *

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Criticism of Islam was no harsher than criticism of all religions has been during magazine’s 25-year life.… Read the rest

Robert Hanks Reviews Nicholas Fearn *

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Well suited to the person who has some interest in philosophy but is too lazy to keep up. … Read the rest

Ian Buruma on Religion in US and Europe *

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Americans are falling increasingly into the arms of Jesus – and Europe could go the same way.… Read the rest

Hairdressers Are the Voice of the Community *

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Hairdressers act as counsellors and social workers. Do they? Uh oh.… Read the rest

Police and Councils Rely on ‘Community Leaders’ *

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‘There is a belief that those who shout the loudest can best solve the problems within their community.’… Read the rest

Vatican Meddling With Slovakia *

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Women’s rights to healthcare could be curtailed.… Read the rest

Gang Killing for not Converting to Islam? *

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Woman tells inquest her son was told he would be killed if he did not convert.… Read the rest

MCB Maintains Boycott of Holocaust Day *

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Wants other people mentioned. Armenians for example?… Read the rest

About 4 Million Have Died in DRC Since 1998 *

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War in Democratic Republic of Congo kills 38,000 people each month, the Lancet says.… Read the rest

Kwame Anthony Appiah in Ghana *

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The right approach starts by taking individuals – not nations, tribes or ‘peoples’ – as the proper object of moral concern. … Read the rest

Teacher Decapitated by Taliban *

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The latest in a string of attacks on teachers working in schools where girls are taught.… Read the rest