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More on ‘Hear the Silence’ *

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A scientifically dishonest and emotionally manipulative film gives a groundless scare still more publicity.… Read the rest

The Difference Between Hegemony and Empire *

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The ideals of the Enlightenment belong to the left rather than the neocons.… Read the rest

Let a Thousand Opinions Bloom? *

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Is there a shortage of ill-founded, uninformed opinions?… Read the rest

A Treat

Dec 8th, 2003 9:40 pm | By

There’s been a mildly interesting, or interesting in parts, discussion at Crooked Timber about more obscure (or relatively obscure, slightly obscure, not really obscure but not on any of those Top 100 lists either) favourite books. I got in early with Randall Jarrell’s Pictures from an Institution, and it’s had more seconds than any other choice that I’ve noticed. Three, plus a link to a quotation on Terry Teachout’s blog, which I’ve just added to Quotations and will also offer up here. It is so generally apposite.

With her brightest students Miss Batterson was always on terms of uneasy, disappointed admiration; their work never seemed to be helping their development as much as the work of the stupider

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Simon Blackburn Reviews Richard Dawkins *

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A superb writer and a valuable ally.… Read the rest

Realism and Anti-Realism *

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Grounding ethical realism independently of religion.… Read the rest

Insulting Sartre Became a Rite of Passage *

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Foucault called one of his books ‘the effort of a 19th-century man to imagine the 20th century.’… Read the rest

Channel 5

Dec 8th, 2003 1:59 am | By

I thought this was quite interesting too. Just exactly what I thought, when I heard that bit of dialogue the other day.

A number of senior doctors have boycotted a debate to be shown after Channel Five’s drama documentary on Andrew Wakefield, because they say it is biased and emotive in its portrayal of the scientist behind alleged links between the MMR vaccination and autism…David Elliman, consultant community paediatrician at Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, said: “The film is very, very partial. It’s very much this one man against the medical establishment, who is the only man who listens to children and to parents – paediatricians don’t and GPs don’t.

Exactly. And it’s so tediously familiar – Lorenzo’s stinking Oil … Read the rest

Don’t Go Out Alone

Dec 7th, 2003 9:35 pm | By

Well all right, if you can’t imprison and confine and repress women by putting them in purdah, or making them wear bags whenever they go outside, or slicing their genitals off, or smashing their feet, or whipping them with car antennas if they show a bit of hair or wrist – well hell, just get serious and stab them to death. That’ll teach them! I mean they’ve got a hell of a nerve thinking they get to go outside on their own, haven’t they. Who do they think they are? Adults? Responsible human beings like other people? Of course they’re not! They should be safely inside their houses, preferably in their kitchens, doing what women are supposed to be doing.… Read the rest

Doctors Boycott TV Drama on MMR Jab *

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Channel 5’s docudrama is biased and emotive, senior doctors say.… Read the rest

Totalizing Ideologies *

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What are the words to ‘The Red Flag’ again?… Read the rest

Scientists Slam Nobel Loser *

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Supporters of creationist claim he is shunned because of his religion, but colleagues don’t believe it.… Read the rest

The Second Half of the List *

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McEwan, Motion, Paulin, Pinker, Tomalin, Tremain, Tyler, Warner, Weldon.… Read the rest

Barnes, Byatt, Drabble, Holmes, Holroyd *

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Crick, Fenton, Kermode – writers choose their favorite books of the year. … Read the rest

Predecessor of the Fashionable Dictionary *

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Ambrose Bierce’s version of the satirical lexicon.… Read the rest

Danny Postel Reviews John Gray *

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Twists and turns on the ideological road.… Read the rest

Homophobic Reggae Star ‘Should Be Arrested’ *

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Gay rights group call for the arrest of reggae star Bounty Killer.… Read the rest

Executives of ‘Radio Machete’ Found Guilty *

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They used a radio station and a newspaper to inflame ethnic hatred that led to genocide in Rwanda.… Read the rest

Habermas on Adorno *

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There were irritating gaps in the Frankfurt canon of philosophers.… Read the rest

Radio Machete

Dec 6th, 2003 2:07 am | By

Ah, and just when I was talking about Rwanda, here is this story. How very interesting. The first time media executives have been convicted since the Nurenberg trials. Well that’s too bad, for a start, because Serbian radio was also used to whip up murderous ethnic hatreds. But it’s better than nothing.

In the first verdict of its kind since the Nuremberg trials, an international court today convicted three Rwandan news media executives of genocide for helping to incite a killing spree by machete-wielding gangs who slaughtered about 800,000 Tutsis in neighboring Rwanda in early 1994. A three judge panel found that the three defendants used a radio station and a twice-monthly newspaper to inflame ethnic hatred that eventually led

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