Her claim that Darwin’s theory was as ‘dogmatic’ as creationism did not go down well.… Read the rest
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Nonconformity is good, but people should act normal.… Read the rest
Shakespeare did something that Marlowe never chose to do.… Read the rest
Sovereignty is a mongrel: born in “divine right” theology, incoherent, ambiguous, dangerous.… Read the rest
On a lighter note. (Lighter than what? What could be lighter than Andrew Ross? Okay not lighter then, just different.) I have a staggering piece of news for everyone. Are you sitting down? Because this is a real shocker, and so new and fresh and unfamiliar – you just can’t think how new. Ready? Okay here it is.
Americans don’t get irony.
You didn’t know that, did you. You’ve never ever heard that before, have you. That’s not a stupid boring worn-out stale dull flat endlessly-recycled tedious cliché, is it! No indeed. No, you only hear that some three times in every BBC arts programme, that’s all.
I do beg your pardon. How unbecoming. And unironic. But there it … Read the rest
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Urgent deadline, assistants, accidental deletions, embarrassment all around.… Read the rest
Parliament suspended after five protesters stormed Commons chamber.… Read the rest
Just a bit more. Because I promised, and because there are more that are too good not to share.
…it is perhaps worth drawing an analogy between the demarcation lines in science and the borders between hierarchical taste cultures – high, middlebrow, and popular – that cultural critics and other experts involved in the business of culture have long had the vocational function of supervising. In both cases, we find the same need for experts to police the borders with their criteria of inclusion and exclusion…[F]alsifiability is often put forward as a criterion for evaluating scientific authenticity…But such a yardstick is no more objectively adequate and no less mythical a criterion than appeals to, say, aesthetic complexity have been in
Homa Arjomand says Sharia in Canada is one of her worst nightmares come true.… Read the rest
Irshad Manji’s book.… Read the rest
There is some dumbing down, but there’s also broader access to education.… Read the rest
Terry Eagleton on life, the universe and everything.… Read the rest
Are girls being taught to make themselves sexy at ever-younger ages? Stupid question.… Read the rest
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A little more. Because it’s hard to resist. Because there are just so many – um – interesting remarks.
To set the scene. Ross once attended what he calls a New Age trade convention, and gives us his thoughts on the subject.
The more official and centered voice of condemnation against the New Age community can be found in what are often charaterized as the witch-hunting activities of CSICOP…CSICOP is an international ‘inquisition’ of mostly academic ghostbusters, set up…to police the boundary between science and pseudoscience contested by a host of New Age alternatives to institutional scientific orthodoxies.
Same again. Official, ‘centered’ (huh?), witch-hunting (!!), inquisition, police, boundary, institutional, orthodoxies. All that in 1.5 sentences. Talk about over-egging the pudding … Read the rest
Sandra Harding had her time in the limelight; now it’s Andrew Ross’ turn. Fair’s fair. All children are talented, all children are special, all have something to say, we must listen politely to all of them and not make some feel bad and excluded and marginalized and of low worth by ignoring them. Nor must we throw the little bastards out of school merely because they threatened or assaulted a teacher, unless a gun or a knife was used. Once again, fair’s fair. Exclusion damages the academic performance of people who are excluded (except when it doesn’t), therefore it is important to avoid exclusion except in the most extreme of cases. A child who shoots up the classroom with an … Read the rest
What teachers are expected to put up with in the name of inclusion…… Read the rest
Should first offence be free unless a gun or knife is involved?… Read the rest