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Teachers as Cops *

Feb 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Who has time to teach when school is a war zone?… Read the rest

Politics and Darwinism *

Feb 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Melvin Konner reviews The Blank Slate and Darwinian Politics.… Read the rest

Something else for Greenpeace to get confused about? *

Feb 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Nanotechnology could become the new genetically modified food (kind of), say report authors.… Read the rest


Feb 12th, 2003 6:01 pm | By

There is an argument in progress about America-hating among American academics. We’ve linked to a number of entries in this argument ourselves in the last couple of weeks. There is for instance Daphne Patai’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on accusations of attempted stifling of free speech by two Web sites, Campus Watch and No Indoctrination. There is Alan Wolfe’s review of several ‘American studies’ books in The New Republic. And today there is an article by Dave Johnson on the History News Network which examines the funding of conservative commentators and think tanks, including the above-mentioned Campus Watch. Johnson cites an article by Eric Foner and Glenda Gilmore also on History News Network, an article which does … Read the rest

Does Freedom Evolve? *

Feb 12th, 2003 | Filed by

Is human agency the product of nature, or of history and politics?… Read the rest

What a Good Idea! *

Feb 12th, 2003 | Filed by

Simon Blackburn, Richard Dawkins and others call for Darwin Day. … Read the rest

Who Is Paying? *

Feb 12th, 2003 | Filed by

Is conservative funding more focussed and coherent than the other kind? If so, why?… Read the rest

Never Met an Adaptive Tale He Didn’t Like? *

Feb 11th, 2003 | Filed by

Sometimes economic explanations work better than evolutionary ones, says this review of The Blank Slate.… Read the rest

Revisionist History of Empire *

Feb 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Has Niall Ferguson’s TV version of Empire got its facts wrong?… Read the rest

To Boldly Split an Infinitive *

Feb 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Roy Hattersley cites Cobbett on grammar as a positional good, and calls a Tory MP half Polonius half rude mechanical.… Read the rest

Student Shoots Teacher, is Expelled, Then Unexpelled *

Feb 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Welsh teachers’ union wants changes to law after independent panel orders school to take back pupil who shot teacher.… Read the rest

That Would Explain a Lot *

Feb 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Psychologists study people’s tendency to over-estimate their abilities, especially the ability to think well.… Read the rest

The ‘Jukes’ Family and Eugenics *

Feb 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Unnoticed methodological flaws, ideology deciding conclusions, fashion displacing careful analysis.… Read the rest

Darwin Knew About the Sweet Peas *

Feb 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Richard Dawkins says Darwin was right to bring together sexual selection and the Descent of Man.… Read the rest

Things Fall Apart

Feb 7th, 2003 4:47 pm | By

Well now…I must say, I’m a bit shocked. My comfortable certainties are all upset, what I thought I knew is sous rature, my binary oppositions are problematized, and things are just generally messed up. If the trendiest of trendy hippest of hippy French philosophers doesn’t like Seinfeld, well–well why bother, that’s all.

Earlier on in the film, an interviewer from South African television chooses to open her questions with a reference to Seinfeld : does Professor Derrida see any affinities between his thought and this ironic, situation comedy? Derrida’s eyes narrow. “Deconstruction as I understand it doesn’t produce any sit-com,” he says in English, audibly putting the last words into pointed italics. “Stop watching sit-com. And do

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The Red Queen Process *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Inclusive fitness, the utility of altruism, gene shuffling, the mumbling professor turns into Indiana Jones. The importance of William Hamilton.… Read the rest

Education for Profit *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

The EU may decide to ‘liberalise’ higher education, putting an end to government subsidies. What price history or philosophy, one wonders.… Read the rest

Does All His Own Stunts *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Derrida does his own problematizing and struggles to find sufficiently gnomic replies.… Read the rest

Karl Marx Meets Leo Marx *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Policing the borders, becoming the Other, subaltern disciplines, historical privileging of the imperial metaphysic perspective as the agent of knowledge production. A feast of jargon awaits.… Read the rest

Vice-Chancellor and Minister Disagree *

Feb 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Cambridge doesn’t attract enough working class students, says Hodge; it does, says Sir Alec.… Read the rest