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Junk Science *

Jul 30th, 2003 | Filed by

The real risks of not immunising children outweigh worries based on bad evidence.… Read the rest

No Link Between Autism Rise and MMR Jab *

Jul 29th, 2003 | Filed by

Improved diagnosis rather than increased incidence, post hoc versus propter hoc, media influencing beliefs – the usual.… Read the rest

Not Ill, Just Naughty *

Jul 29th, 2003 | Filed by

Do neglectful parents use ADD diagnoses to excuse their children’s bad behaviour?… Read the rest

Behind the Scenes

Jul 29th, 2003 12:12 am | By

I heard something interesting on the US public radio show ‘Fresh Air’ last week. Peter Stotherd, a former editor of the Times (of London), has written a book called Thirty Days: Tony Blair and the Test of History, about Blair in the days on either side of the beginning of the war in Iraq. It’s all quite interesting, it’s a subject that interests me – for one thing, I was relieved to hear that (contrary to some reports I’d read) Blair has a business-like relationship as opposed to a friendship with George Bush. Absurd, isn’t it. What do I care, what business is it of mine? But there’s something so repulsive in the thought of a grown-up, intelligent man like … Read the rest

They’re Out There

Jul 28th, 2003 6:42 pm | By

This is an alarming article. Hate mail ‘by the ton’, name-calling, character assasination, merely for doing research.

The simple act of conducting research into the matter struck some as an enterprise ”designed to cheer on child molesters,” as one anonymous letter writer wrote, ”and ridicules the suffering sustained by children who are abused as well as therapists who are knowledgeable about the effects of trauma on children’s minds and bodies.” Clancy was a ”bad person,” according to another letter writer, to question such reports. Yet another suggested that she was probably an abuser herself.

So Susan Clancy, the researcher in question, decided that ‘repressed’ memories of child abuse made for an excessively sensitive subject, and also that the fact … Read the rest

History Doesn’t Always Agree *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

The verdict of history is no more likely to agree with us than that of the present.… Read the rest

Revenge Disguised as Literature *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Got a grudge? Write a novel and get your own back.… Read the rest

Stupid Right-wing Books Flourish *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Note that only ‘liberals’ are the elite. And Bush & Co. are…?… Read the rest

Down the Memory Hole *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Russia’s nostalgic-nationalist view of its past keeps Dr. Zhivago off the syllabus.… Read the rest

Memory is a Minefield *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Especially if your research casts doubt on the validity of memories of alien abductions.… Read the rest

Mainstreams and Ghettoes *

Jul 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Julian Baggini on the differences between US and UK philosophy.… Read the rest


Jul 27th, 2003 6:15 pm | By

We’re back, after an unpleasant little interlude caused by a hardware problem on the server. We’ve been toiling and slaving here to get everything back, and since one of us (and it’s not Jeremy) is not very computer literate, some areas look a bit odd. Not to worry, we’re getting to it.

Sunday update. JS points out that the server may go blooey again, also that pages will sometimes be slow to load. But also also, that we are changing servers entirely soon (that is to say, he is – I might as well stand around and wave a magic wand for all the use I am) and that will solve all the problems, but it could also mean another … Read the rest

Levy’s Sartre Book Not a Huge Hit *

Jul 27th, 2003 | Filed by

‘…this unbelievably stupid, ill-written, completely disorganised and monstrously rambling tome.’… Read the rest

Habermas and Derrida Interviewed *

Jul 27th, 2003 | Filed by

Two philosophers talk about terrorism.… Read the rest

We’re Back *

Jul 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Mystifying disappearance of B and W at an end. We hope.… Read the rest

There is Something Wrong With Humanism

Jul 24th, 2003 | By Jeremy Stangroom

It’s not easy to write critically about humanism from a secular perspective.
The problem has to do with the fluid nature of the concept "humanism".
It has no single, precise meaning and there is little agreement about its constituent
elements. As a result, to criticise humanism is to run the risk of being accused
of a "straw-man" fallacy; that is, the fallacy of misrepresenting
a position or argument in order to make it easier to criticise. It is easy to
see how this might happen. Humanism isn’t any one particular thing. If
a good argument can be made against any one of the things, amongst others,
that it might be, then likely you’ll find that everyone disavows that
particular … Read the rest

Sinbad the Bland *

Jul 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

US academic says new Sinbad movie enforces status quo stereotypes.… Read the rest

Arguing from the Wallet *

Jul 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

An entertainment executive’s political ‘analysis’ is both incoherent and self-interested.… Read the rest

Vicious Association of Education with Class *

Jul 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

‘British schools have done precious little education but they have done an awful lot of socialisation.’… Read the rest

The Idiots Will Take it From Here *

Jul 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

‘The West Wing’ is less about ideology than it is about the role of intelligence in politics.… Read the rest