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Euphemistic evasion or sententious aphorism *

Oct 5th, 2002 | Filed by

Didactic impulses or nationalist piety can shape the work of even the most detached biographer.… Read the rest

Ghastly, shameful, inadvertently hilarious *

Oct 4th, 2002 | Filed by

Marina Warner on the spiral of duplicity between thoughtful men and women and bogus mediums.… Read the rest

Pauline Kael against sleep-inducing lies *

Oct 2nd, 2002 | Filed by

Vulgar Kaelism gets it wrong: she did not think popular movies were automatically art, and she was not a moral relativist.… Read the rest

Self-esteem not a miracle cure after all? *

Oct 1st, 2002 | Filed by

When scholars actually look at evidence, they find rapists and failing students as pleased with themselves as the next person.… Read the rest

When commitments hit home *

Sep 27th, 2002 | Filed by

Croatian President Stipe Mesic tells his fellow Croatians they must honour all their commitments, not only the painless ones.… Read the rest

Duking it out on the air *

Sep 26th, 2002 | Filed by

Shouting match over genes versus parents ruffles calm of Radio 3.… Read the rest

It’s not the parents *

Sep 25th, 2002 | Filed by

Steven Pinker says parents have less influence than they think, while peers have more.… Read the rest

It’s the parents *

Sep 25th, 2002 | Filed by

Oliver James says emphasis on genes to explain human nature is a way to escape guilt.… Read the rest

Truth-skeptics make truth-claims *

Sep 24th, 2002 | Filed by

Bernard Williams points out that Nietzsche did not settle for ironic chat or a smug nod at deconstruction-work, and nor should we.… Read the rest

Deconstructing cant *

Sep 23rd, 2002 | Filed by

Twist and turn, avoid details, oversimplify: such postmodern tricks tarnish the integrity of the left.… Read the rest

Brakes off or on? *

Sep 22nd, 2002 | Filed by

Simon Blackburn on the meaninglessness of exhortations to tolerate all points of view.… Read the rest

But what is the evidence? *

Sep 22nd, 2002 | Filed by

Difference feminism as separate education for schoolgirls relies on few and narrow studies, Margaret Talbot says.… Read the rest

Trickster deity preferred to Darwin *

Sep 21st, 2002 | Filed by

Philip Gosse explained the fossil evidence as God’s little joke.… Read the rest

Is there no justice? *

Sep 19th, 2002 | Filed by

Outraged father wonders who decided that parents should help children with homework. Surely that’s someone else’s duty.… Read the rest

Grade deflation not a good idea either *

Sep 18th, 2002 | Filed by

Exams board chief intervened to mark down bright students by way of making A level scores strike a ‘balance’.… Read the rest

Only an interventionist designer will do *

Sep 17th, 2002 | Filed by

Another entry for the Intelligent Design shelf. No Free Lunch claims that complexity requires intelligence, but reviewer is not persuaded.… Read the rest

Gas on inner men and their dilemmas *

Sep 17th, 2002 | Filed by

Geneticist Steve Jones predicts redundancy for men, and is aghast at popularity of ‘masculinity industry’ in American universities.… Read the rest

Politics and science must be disentangled *

Sep 16th, 2002 | Filed by

Steven Pinker chides critics of Wilson and Dawkins for ’25 years of pointless attacks’… Read the rest

Three cheers for Balkanization *

Sep 16th, 2002 | Filed by

Home secretary David Blunkett is under attack for saying English is a useful language in the UK.… Read the rest

Time to sweep up Angela’s ashes *

Sep 15th, 2002 | Filed by

Oxford historian Roy Foster takes on tearful or nostalgic myths of Ireland’s past.… Read the rest