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Gurcharan Das on Martha Nussbaum *

Nov 18th, 2003 | Filed by

‘The Sangh Parivar’s idea of a Hindu nation goes against this basic tenet of our Constitution.’ … Read the rest

Wetlands Cause Pollution *

Nov 17th, 2003 | Filed by

If the research irritates developers, well, get new researchers!… Read the rest

Open-Access Science Publishing *

Nov 17th, 2003 | Filed by

It’s not a plot to destroy capitalism, it’s a different way to make research available.… Read the rest

Not OK Corral

Nov 16th, 2003 11:27 pm | By

This is an interesting item on Kenan Malik’s site. An email from Nirjay Mahindru, administrator of Tara Arts theatre, commenting on and agreeing with Malik’s tv documentary Disunited Kingdom, and talking about the way the focus on diversity and ethnicity forces minority groups to talk about certain subjects only or else shut up.

Artistically, this type of vetting, for fundamentally that’s what it is, consistently holds the British Asian artistic community back and ensures that cutting edge challenging theatre is somehow viewed as the exclusive monopoly of whites…Thus, I am expected to write basic derivates of ‘Bollywood’, or plays that deal with ‘the family’. What I can’t write about (as no venue will produce it) are plays that could

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Insiders and Outsiders *

Nov 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Can minority communities be studied only by their own members?… Read the rest

‘Berlusconism’ for Short *

Nov 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Money has contempt for the life of the mind, George Steiner says.… Read the rest

No, Not a Coincidence

Nov 15th, 2003 7:16 pm | By

In a way I hesitate to make this criticism, because the writer of this letter also wrote a good one on another issue. But I just feel compelled to make this one comment, because people keep saying the same thing, and it keeps being wrong and point-missing.

The author would do good to actually address the issues of trying to articulate what hasn’t been articulated before rather than simply trashing everyone who tries to write on difficult issues.

The trouble with that is that I’m emphatically not ‘trashing everyone who tries to write on difficult issues,’ and I never said I was. I’m ‘trashing’ or rather criticising bad writing, not writing on difficult issues. It’s simply not the case … Read the rest

Teaching is Another Form of Political Domination *

Nov 15th, 2003 | Filed by

And graduate study at Yale is so over, and Buffy was never the same after the fourth season.… Read the rest

Love of Knowledge is not ‘White’ *

Nov 15th, 2003 | Filed by

Self-imposed barriers can be the hardest to overthrow.… Read the rest

Why Did the Tate Apologise? *

Nov 15th, 2003 | Filed by

It’s not the Tate’s job to appease the sensibilities of particular religious groups, says Kenan Malik.… Read the rest

Asians Must Write About the Asian Experience *

Nov 15th, 2003 | Filed by

Only whites get to write about whatever interests them.… Read the rest

How the Humanists (Not the Irish) Saved Western Civilization

Nov 15th, 2003 | By Christopher Orlet

It is a story worthy of a great Romantic pen, how a few Celtic monks, cloistered on remote, wind-blown islands with only their prayer beads and a few nervous sheep for company saved Western Civilization. It was nothing less than a miracle that as the darkness descended upon Europe, Greek and Latin manuscripts were being first introduced to the Emerald Isle where generations of monks would dedicate their lives to copying and preserving the ancient texts. Later, descendents of these selfsame clerics would carry their precious cargo to European monasteries where the Italian, the German and the Frenchman waited to be enlightened.

A pretty idea, as I say, but about as genuine as the jackalope. A truer picture would show … Read the rest

Fishy Requisites

Nov 14th, 2003 5:09 pm | By

Oh good, another one. Another nice barrel full of docile, torpid fish.

Why is it that every article bashing “theory” comes from someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about?

Hmm. Why is it that the defenders of ‘theory’ (at least on this site at this time) can’t do better? One, does every article ‘bashing’ (that is to say, criticising) ‘theory’ come from someone who knows nothing of the subject? As a matter of fact, no. I’ve read several articles and indeed books by people who know a lot about it, including some by people who were once keen on ‘theory’ themselves. There is William Kerrigan’s essay in Wild Orchids and Trotsky, for example. And two, why is … Read the rest

Ray Monk on Hitler’s Scientists *

Nov 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Poison gas and atom bombs, Bohr and Heisenberg, science and ethics.… Read the rest

Scientists Must Educate the Public *

Nov 14th, 2003 | Filed by

If they don’t help journalists do a better job, then the better job won’t get done.… Read the rest

Dawkins to Give Tanner Lectures *

Nov 14th, 2003 | Filed by

A passionate Darwinian as a scientist and anti-Darwinian in politics and human affairs.… Read the rest

Leave The Bones Alone *

Nov 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Vital scientific research could be at risk if museums are forced to repatriate human remains.… Read the rest

Why Are We Still Talking About IQ And Race? *

Nov 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Gavin Evans argues that the concept of race makes no genetic sense.… Read the rest

Why Subsidise Farmers but not Miners? *

Nov 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Romantic views of agriculture leave out too many inconvenient facts.… Read the rest

The People Is Always Right. Right? *

Nov 13th, 2003 | Filed by

No, which is why government by plebiscite or initiative is an alarming idea.… Read the rest