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Kilroy-Silk, BBC Both Asses, Observer Says *

Jan 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Coarse intellect, pointless good looks, even racist views not reasons for firing.… Read the rest



Politics and Science *

Jan 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Congressional minority report on scientific integrity in the Bush Administration. … Read the rest



Bush Administration Meddles in Science *

Jan 11th, 2004 | Filed by

‘several science-policy experts argue that no presidency has been more calculating and ideological’… Read the rest



Wetlands Pollute! Rivers Need Barges!

Jan 11th, 2004 1:05 am | By

There is a very interesting article about the Bush administration’s interference with science in the Christian Science Monitor. I was a little distracted while reading it, because I kept thinking I had posted an article on the same subject fairly recently, but not so recently that I could remember when, or what it was called, or where it was from. But luck was with me (or perhaps it was my guardian angel, or baby Jesus, or both, one on each shoulder), and I found it anyway. It’s here. It’s well worth reading both: they are related but quite different. The Monitor article treats science in general; the Grist one discusses cases where the Bush administration forced federal agencies to … Read the rest



Case Lodged Against Author *

Jan 10th, 2004 | Filed by

The Indian Penal Code forbids ‘writings which hurt sentiments of people’…… Read the rest



‘Labor’ Department? *

Jan 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Telling employers how to avoid paying overtime is the job of the Labor Department?… Read the rest



Sambhaji Brigade Defends Attack *

Jan 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Spokesperson at news conference calls institute a ‘centre of cultural terrorism.’… Read the rest



Bhandarkar InstituteJust the Beginning *

Jan 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Sambhaji Brigade threatens further violence, demands author be hanged.… Read the rest



An Argument With Too Much Left Out

Jan 9th, 2004 7:43 pm | By

It’s odd to discover that sometimes readers know more about what I’m doing than I do. I’d actually forgotten that I’d commented on the hijab-headscarf-veil issue all the way back in October, but Socialism in an Age of Waiting reminded me.

The issue of Muslim girls wearing, or not wearing, hijab in state schools in France has given rise to extensive comment and debate all over the blogosphere. We’d cite as the most interesting discussions so far the posts, and the comments, at Butterflies and Wheels, where Ophelia Benson has been blogging about it, on and off, since October and at Harry’s Place, where the debate was taken up in December partly in response to the news that “a

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Matter is not so Mere After All *

Jan 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Thomas Clark examines John Horgan’s mostly skeptical tour of mysticism.… Read the rest



Compare the Headlines *

Jan 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Jon Christensen collects headlines about global warming extinctions.… Read the rest



The Edge Annual Question 2004 *

Jan 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Pinker, Rees, Humphrey, Baron-Cohen, Turkle, Holton, Dennett, Ridley, Dawkins – and many more.… Read the rest



Academostars Light up the Sky

Jan 9th, 2004 1:15 am | By

Well my questions have been answered – the ones I asked a couple of days ago, about Why is Judith Butler a superstar and who the hell thinks comp lit teachers are superstars anyway and why don’t they embarrass themselves talking that way? Well no, I didn’t ask that last question, but it’s what I was thinking.

I should have realized. Silly me. The subject is a whole field, a discipline, it has an anthology and everything. The excellent Scott McLemee, of the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as other publications, dropped a word in my ear to the effect that he wrote a few words on this subject a couple of years ago. And sure enough, he Read the rest



From Below

Jan 8th, 2004 8:54 pm | By

Well I made good on my threat, and did that In Focus. I’ll be adding a lot more links, since it’s a large subject.

I also posted again at Cliopatria, about Romila Thapar. There are more interesting comments there, from people who know far more about history and historians than I do. Timothy Burke makes this excellent point:

This is one of those junctures where the tragic confusion of some scholars in the US and England about where their sympathies should lie potentially becomes pretty dangerous if not corrected. It strikes me that Hindutva’s self-representation is actually pretty fair in one respect: it is more genuinely popular, “from-below”, and less obviously “Western” than scholarly history practiced in Indian academies (though

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Hindutva on the Attack

Jan 8th, 2004 | By

Optimists like to think, and say, that religion and secularism can co-exist peacefully. That each has its own realm – its Nonoverlapping Magisterium, as Stephen Jay Gould so mistakenly called it – and there is no need for rivalry or conflict. That ‘science’ (which is never defined when such assertions are being made) can answer the questions in its realm, and religion can answer the questions in its. Of course, that raises the obvious question, can it really? Can religion really answer the questions that ‘science’ (i.e. rational inquiry) cannot? ‘Answer’ in what sense? In the sense of saying something? No doubt it can do that, but then so can anyone else. In the sense of saying something true? But … Read the rest



‘Our Anguish at the Wanton Destruction’ *

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Indian historians condemn attack on Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.… Read the rest



Review of Defending Science *

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Says ‘Differentialism’ when he means ‘Deferentialism,’ but oh well.… Read the rest



Evasiveness Breeds Conspiracy Theories *

Jan 8th, 2004 | Filed by

When otherwise dependable cynics believe nonsense, there may be a reason.… Read the rest



Stephen King Has no Patience *

Jan 8th, 2004 | Filed by

For people who don’t read popular fiction.… Read the rest



Religion and Public Relations *

Jan 8th, 2004 | Filed by

Pedophile priests and Jesus-according-to-Gibson need to be carefully presented.… Read the rest