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Canetti on Murdoch’s New Book *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

‘Her book is very badly written, shoddy…That would not be so bad if she had something to say.’… Read the rest



Face-Lift Worth Risking Life? *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

Two cosmetic surgery patients die in six weeks, making others nervous.… Read the rest



Defiant Wakefield Demands Inquiry *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

MMR doctor wants conflict of interest charge investigated.… Read the rest



‘From England’ Diary of Elias Canetti *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

Reluctant to write for publishers: feared that would compromise his commitment to truth.… Read the rest



Carnegie Endowment: Arab Reform Bulletin *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

Special issue on political Islam.… Read the rest



What Happened to Arab Feminism? *

Feb 23rd, 2004 | Filed by

Lee Smith says Arab states typically use Islam to restrict women’s rights. … Read the rest



Another Installment

Feb 21st, 2004 7:16 pm | By

I suppose you’re thinking I’ve fallen silent. That, exhausted by all the to-and-fro, the heat and light, the blood sweat and tears of late, I’ve shrugged and yawned and decided to take up ping pong in a serious way.

No I don’t, not really, I don’t suppose you’re thinking about it one way or another, on account of how you have better things to think about. I just like to say things like that. I only do it to annoy, because I know it teases. At any rate, no, I haven’t fallen silent. On the contrary, I had a whole stack of things to talk about on Thursday, along with the ones I didn’t get to last week – and … Read the rest



Statement by Concerned Scientists *

Feb 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Call for restoring scientific integrity to federal policymaking.… Read the rest



Policy Goals Trump Science *

Feb 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Prominent scientists issue statement saying Bush administration distorts facts.… Read the rest



That Sums it Up *

Feb 21st, 2004 | Filed by

A cartoon on how to do science.… Read the rest



Eight Commentators on the Hijab *

Feb 21st, 2004 | Filed by

A range of views.… Read the rest



Sharing Dislike of Repressive Practices *

Feb 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Veil-wearing feminist and anti-veil feminist failing to understand one another.… Read the rest



Journal Regrets MMR Autism Paper *

Feb 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Paper should never have been published, concedes Lancet editor.… Read the rest



Government to Proceed With GM Maize *

Feb 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Despite public opposition, there is no scientific case for a ban.… Read the rest



Twenty Years On *

Feb 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Naomi Wolf’s new book claims sexual harrassment at Yale two decades ago.… Read the rest



Freud Was Fantastically Wrong *

Feb 19th, 2004 | Filed by

Academics have been infinitely creative in their efforts to whitewash his errors. … Read the rest



A Fun Project

Feb 18th, 2004 9:05 pm | By

I linked a few days ago to an excellent article by Chris Mooney about a long article promoting ‘Intelligent Design’ in the Harvard Law Review. It’s worrisome stuff.

Still, you can understand why a rave review in the Harvard Law Review would get the ID crowd excited. Such a publication represents intellectual legitimization of a sort that traditional creationists never achieved. “The whole game plan here is to credential the movement,” observes Florida State University law professor Steven Gey, a specialist in legal issues surrounding the teaching of evolution. Gey calls the Harvard Law Review piece “very weak” in its assessment of the legal case for teaching ID in public schools. But he adds, “I suspect this Harvard note

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Colloquy With David Horowitz *

Feb 18th, 2004 | Filed by

How would the promotion of ‘intellectual diversity’ actually work? Many questions.… Read the rest



Political Standards versus Academic Criteria *

Feb 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Would Horowitz’ plan invite too much meddling by the state in academic matters?… Read the rest



Aux Armes, Intellectuels! *

Feb 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Petition accuses French centre-right government of war on intelligence.… Read the rest