‘Claiming something based on fame and authority is death to the intellectual life.’… Read the rest
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Such as evaluation of arguments on political grounds.… Read the rest
Disability studies has hit town. Actually it did that a longish time ago – this reporter may be a little behind the times. I noticed a new ‘Disability studies’ section in the University bookstore several years ago, and there are jokes about the subject in the Dictionary, which we started writing three years ago.
Now disabled people have gotten into the business of problematizing: Disability studies has arrived in academia. Of course, the medical study of disability is long-standing, but the new approach establishes an interdisciplinary field on the model of women’s, queer, and ethnic studies…”Disability studies is us looking out at the world and seeing how that looks to us.” It also critiques “how disability is represented in all
Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Education has an article about criticisms and criticisms of criticisms of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel. It’s hard to tell without reading a great many academic blog posts (I read part of one and decided that was more than enough of that), but it all seems to have a whiff of self-righteous orthodoxy-sniffing about it. But since I haven’t actually read all those academic blog posts, I could be wrong about that. But in any case, Jaschik turned up one comment – by a commenter at Crooked Timber – that sounds like exactly the kind of thought that started B&W on its erratic but dogged course.
Both Savage Minds pieces seem to exhibit
Steven Best co-founded the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.… Read the rest
The quest for mythical, messianic, transnational liberation movements.… Read the rest
Is its main aim to win elections or to promote Hindutva?… Read the rest
Ice cream? Heaven? Self-love? … Read the rest
The body, the Other, texts, representation, Said – you can do it in your sleep.… Read the rest
The Iranian revolutionaries were as irreducible as Astérix, Obélix and Panoramix.… Read the rest
As Hamlet said, words, words words. They can be so tricky. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident – and it can be very difficult to tell which is going on. Consider this rumination by Hanif Kureishi.
I believed that questions of race, identity and culture were the major issues post-colonial Europe had to face, and that inter-generational conflict was where these conflicts were being played out. The British-born children of immigrants were not only more religious and politically radical than their parents – whose priority had been to establish themselves in the new country – but they despised their parents’ moderation and desire to “compromise” with Britain. To them this seemed weak.
What does he mean by ‘politically radical’ … Read the rest
Belief becoming subject of choice for many psychologists and neuroscientists.… Read the rest
‘Teach both sides’ sounds fair, but ID is a sectarian religious viewpoint.… Read the rest
A fatwa concentrates the mind on freedom.… Read the rest
Labour MP Eric Joyce doubts he impresses even his audience in the Middle East.… Read the rest
Galloway’s interesting rhetoric.… Read the rest
There’s a difference between being taught to be critical and being taught an agenda.… Read the rest
I agree with Frederick Turner on what he writes about creationists in his article “Darwin and Design: The Evolution of a Flawed Debate”. However, his critique on evolutionists seems rather unfair. My impression is that his opinions were built on several myths and false assumptions. Since most “evolutionists” are scientists, or at least science supporters, and since most scientists are atheists (Larson J. E. & Witham L. 1999), these myths and assumptions can be characterized as follows:
Scientists are dull people who lack imagination and creativity.
The evolutionists’ sin, as I see it, is even greater, because it is three sins rolled into one.
The first is a profound failure of the imagination, which comes from a
As has been widely reported of late, Basran politics (and everyday life) is increasingly coming under the control of Shiite religious groups, from the relatively mainstream Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq to the bellicose followers of the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr…And unfortunately, the British seem unable or unwilling to do anything about it…Fearing to appear like colonial occupiers, they avoid any hint of ideological indoctrination: in my time with them, not once did I see an instructor explain such basics of democracy as the politically neutral role of the police in a civil society.
So … Read the rest