‘You can attack their politics or their football team, but not their faith.’… Read the rest
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Design is not a real alternative to chance at all because it raises an even bigger problem than it solves.… Read the rest
Unlike scientists, the general public does not understand that belief takes no part in scientific thinking.… Read the rest
How easy is it for Galloway’s constituents to contact him? Vikram Dodd finds out.… Read the rest
Brain-imaging study finds that the higher the level of uncertainty, the more instinct, not logic, will rule.… Read the rest
‘Disconnected from political engagement, reading lacks urgency.’ It does?… Read the rest
See the Colorado preacher lose his boyish charm.… Read the rest
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
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
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
Criticism of Islam was no harsher than criticism of all religions has been during magazine’s 25-year life.… Read the rest
Well suited to the person who has some interest in philosophy but is too lazy to keep up. … Read the rest
Americans are falling increasingly into the arms of Jesus – and Europe could go the same way.… Read the rest
Hairdressers act as counsellors and social workers. Do they? Uh oh.… Read the rest
‘There is a belief that those who shout the loudest can best solve the problems within their community.’… Read the rest
Women’s rights to healthcare could be curtailed.… Read the rest
Woman tells inquest her son was told he would be killed if he did not convert.… Read the rest
Wants other people mentioned. Armenians for example?… Read the rest
War in Democratic Republic of Congo kills 38,000 people each month, the Lancet says.… Read the rest