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Desmond Tutu v. Mbeki and Mugabe *

Dec 18th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Human rights are human rights and they are of universal validity or they are nothing.’… Read the rest

The Big Belief, Britain’s Greatest Tits, etc *

Dec 18th, 2003 | Filed by

The possibilities are endless.… Read the rest

Danish Science Ministry Criticizes Committee *

Dec 18th, 2003 | Filed by

Says committee failed to provide evidence of bias or flawed methodology.… Read the rest

Lomborg Decision Overturned *

Dec 17th, 2003 | Filed by

Danish Ministry has repudiated findings by Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty.… Read the rest

Let’s Have a Circumcision Party! *

Dec 17th, 2003 | Filed by

Malyasia has a new plan for bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together.… Read the rest

Whither Theory? *

Dec 17th, 2003 | Filed by

And how did theory become synonymous with literary and cultural theory?… Read the rest

Desire, Excess, Lust *

Dec 17th, 2003 | Filed by

Is there any problem with living in a sexualized culture?… Read the rest

Oliver Taplin Reviews Mary Lefkowitz *

Dec 17th, 2003 | Filed by

How important are the classical Greek gods to understanding Homer and Euripides?… Read the rest

The Debate Keeps Going and Going

Dec 16th, 2003 10:33 pm | By

There’s one bit of good news, ‘Hear the Silence’ didn’t do as well as expected – did rather badly, in fact. 1.2 million instead of the 2 million that movies in that time slot usually get. So that’s 800 thousand people who won’t be swayed by that bit of manipulation, at any rate. Other bits yes, but not that bit. That still leaves that 1.2 million, but there it is. Thank goodness for that sex therapy drama ‘Between the Sheets’ which is so popular. Sex outcompetes feisty mothers then – there’s a surprise.

I found quite a good harsh review of Channel 5’s drama by Mark Lawson from last week, too. It was on Front Row that I first … Read the rest

Drama Increases Worry Over Jab *

Dec 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Difficult for audience to know what’s true and what isn’t.… Read the rest

Kenan Malik on ‘Hear the Silence’ *

Dec 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Conspiracy theories used to be a right-wing item, but now the left likes them too.… Read the rest

That Pesky Enlightenment Rationalism *

Dec 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Why wasn’t Jefferson as environmentally sensitive as we are?… Read the rest

Science and Corruption *

Dec 15th, 2003 | Filed by

There are flaws in LA Times article about industry funding of researchers at NIH.… Read the rest

Skepticism is All Very Well But *

Dec 15th, 2003 | Filed by

But taken too far, it can lead to perverse outcomes.… Read the rest

Snakes Croaking under the Irish Coconut Trees *

Dec 15th, 2003 | Filed by

Mix the Osbournes, the Simpsons, Don DeLillo and Eminem: an anthology of media cliches.… Read the rest

Poisoning Children, Whatever Next

Dec 15th, 2003 2:23 am | By

Just a few more jottings on ‘Hear the Silence.’ It was reviewed on Saturday Review yesterday. I already liked Tom Sutcliffe, and I like him a lot more now, because he was very harsh about it, even outraged. He said it was dreadfully biased, and that (just as I’ve been whining for the past two weeks, without even seeing it, just that one bit of dialogue I heard was enough of a warning) it was totally on the side of the angry mother, so that her point of view is the one that the audience sympathizes with. And that it makes the GPs absolute monsters. ‘I’ve never met any GPs like that!’ he said indignantly. One of the guests, though, … Read the rest

Gone, Gone, Gone

Dec 14th, 2003 5:30 pm | By

Well, whatever one thinks of the war, or US hegemony, it’s hard not to rejoice at this. I’m not even going to bother to try – which is no great feat, of course, I don’t think too many people are trying, though I did see an odd comment from George Galloway. But good news is good news. Not a shot fired, no one so much as got his hair mussed, as dear General ‘Buck’ Turgidson put it in ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ Just a murderous ruthless tyrant caught like a rat in a trap, lying in a spider hole under ground, hauled off to be shaved and examined and pushed around. He’s still alive, he can be tried in court. He may … Read the rest

Hear the Noise

Dec 14th, 2003 | By

Vaccinations are one of the great success stories of modern medicine – so successful, perhaps, that people have become complacent about the diseases vaccines prevent. At least, the bizarre panic over the triple jab for measles, mumps and rubella, the MMR jab, would suggest as much. Add a chronic background suspicion of science and doctors and the medical ‘establishment,’ along with the standards of evidence, peer review, accountability, rationality, statistics and risk-assesment that are fundamental to the way all three function, and you have the recipe for a full-blown attack of the irrationals.

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a research scientist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, published a paper showing that he had found traces of the measles virus … Read the rest

Her Views as a Mother *

Dec 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Doctors criticize Juliet Stevenson for comments on MMR jab; Channel 5 says she has every right to speak.… Read the rest

From Evasion to Denial *

Dec 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Has the Left abandoned the Enlightenment ideal of universal freedom?… Read the rest