The image suggests that the ‘text’ of the book of nature has a divine origin.… Read the rest
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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tried to cross street in middle of block. The horror!… Read the rest
Deaf is the new ethnic.… Read the rest
Says Jeremy deals with various challenges to truth in the interview. A likely story.… Read the rest
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[I]t might be useful to examine what deaf identity might be and how that identity fits in with current notions of other identities based on race, gender, sexual orientation…[T]he status of deaf people has changed in important ways, as deaf activists and scholars have reshaped the idea of deafness, using the civil-rights movement as a model for the struggle to form a deaf identity. Deaf people came to be seen not just as hearing-impaired, but as a linguistic minority, isolated from the dominant culture because that culture didn’t recognize or use ASL…Harlan Lane, a professor of psychology and linguistics…drew on the ideas of Edward Said and Michel Foucault to suggest that the deaf were like a colonized
She ascribed her political transformation in part to her growing embrace of religion. … Read the rest
Fine job of assessing the sort of relativism/constructivism advocated by Rorty and fans.… Read the rest
Peers crushed attempts to block new gay rights laws despite fears of ‘a charter for suing Christians.’… Read the rest
In the Washington Post of 7 January 2006 is a review by Howard Gardner of Peter D. Kramer’s book Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind. One sentence in particular of Gardner’s is worth closer examination:
No reader of Kramer alone would appreciate the extent to which Freud airs doubts, responds to criticisms, admits his changes of mind and presents extensive transcripts that readers can judge for themselves.
Now Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, and adjunct professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and Sciences. So how come … Read the rest
Allen was inspired (by a passing joke of mine) to send me a line of Frank Cioffi‘s, from his review of Sulloway’s Freud: Biologist of the Mind (1979):
Material has been accumulating for some time that the account of the birth
and early growth of the psychoanalytic movement which derives from Freud
and Ernest Jones, and has been so often repeated, bears little relation to
reality. In an ideal world this would have knocked several more nails in
Freud’s coffin, but since it is so widely believed that he is not in it,
having climbed out on the third day, it has had little discernable effect.
I liked that so much he sent another, this one from a review … Read the rest
Excellent stuff (as usual) from Fred Halliday. The world’s twelve worst ideas.
Number nine: We live in a “post-feminist” epoch. The implication of this claim, supposedly analogous to such terms as “post-industrial”, is that we have no more need for feminism, in politics, law, everyday life, because the major goals of that movement, articulated in the 1970s and 1980s, have been achieved. On all counts, this is a false claim: the “post-feminist” label serves not to register achievement of reforming goals, but the delegitimation of those goals themselves.
Really. The idea that feminism has nothing left to do – what a joke. Tell that to women in India, or Pakistan, or Niger, just for a start.
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Some religious groups have said the laws will force them to promote gay sex.… Read the rest
Call to annul the regulations was defeated by 199 votes to 68.… Read the rest
Good reasons why the state should step back from infatuation with faith provision of social services.… Read the rest
Depicting the Wandjina without permission would traditionally have resulted in spearing.… Read the rest
And ‘Darwinism’ is a religion.… Read the rest
And citing own ‘right’ to discriminate in provision of goods and services.… Read the rest
‘Post’-feminism, anti-secularism, no need for condoms, force is all ‘they’ understand.… Read the rest
Says god told him there would be mass killing in US late in 2007. God told me Pat’s a chump.… Read the rest