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Helen Elliott Talks to Martha Nussbaum *

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‘Claiming something based on fame and authority is death to the intellectual life.’… Read the rest

Argument Over Jared Diamond Displays Tics *

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Such as evaluation of arguments on political grounds.… Read the rest

Exciting New Scholarship

Aug 6th, 2005 2:55 am | By

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

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The Point of Scholarship

Aug 6th, 2005 2:04 am | By

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

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More Than a Cat-loving Philosopher? *

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Steven Best co-founded the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.… Read the rest

Olivier Roy on Born-again Killers *

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The quest for mythical, messianic, transnational liberation movements.… Read the rest

Is the BJP in Decline? *

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Is its main aim to win elections or to promote Hindutva?… Read the rest

What Price Virtue? *

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Ice cream? Heaven? Self-love? … Read the rest

Disability Studs Recognized by MLA *

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The body, the Other, texts, representation, Said – you can do it in your sleep.… Read the rest

Jonathan Rée on Foucault on Iran *

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The Iranian revolutionaries were as irreducible as Astérix, Obélix and Panoramix.… Read the rest

Roots Again

Aug 5th, 2005 3:56 am | By

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.

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Social Neuroscience *

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Belief becoming subject of choice for many psychologists and neuroscientists.… Read the rest

Bush Thinks ID Should be Taught in Science Classes *

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‘Teach both sides’ sounds fair, but ID is a sectarian religious viewpoint.… Read the rest

Shikha Dalmia Interviews Salman Rushdie *

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A fatwa concentrates the mind on freedom.… Read the rest

‘George Revels in His Own Infamy’ *

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Labour MP Eric Joyce doubts he impresses even his audience in the Middle East.… Read the rest

Someone Finally Noticed *

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Galloway’s interesting rhetoric.… Read the rest

‘Critical Literacy’ Takes a Hit in Queensland *

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There’s a difference between being taught to be critical and being taught an agenda.… Read the rest

Darwin and Design: The Flawed Origins of a Critique

Aug 4th, 2005 | By Paula Bourges-Waldegg

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.

Turner writes:

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

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Aug 4th, 2005 12:45 am | By

This is so horrible! The situation it reports on – and the fact that the guy who wrote it was murdered yesterday.

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.

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US Journalist Murdered in Basra *

Aug 3rd, 2005 | Filed by

Particularly incensed about the sharp divide between men and women in the Islamic world.… Read the rest