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‘Sorry, that question is too essentialist.’ *

Sep 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Irfan Khawaja says ‘essentialist’ claims about Islam should not be discouraged.… Read the rest

Guardian on Samira Bellil *

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‘Ni Putes Ni Soumises’ says Bellil fought against barbarous machoism and violence.… Read the rest

Samira Bellil 1973-2004 *

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Her memoir of gang-rape helped movement fighting for rights of Muslim women and girls.… Read the rest

Al-Muhajiroun and its ‘Spiritual Leader’ *

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There are two types of terrorism: the type praised by the almighty Allah and the type dispraised.… Read the rest

Utopia, Freedom, the State, part 3 *

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Attention to impulses there are in human beings to seize advantage over others.… Read the rest

Scott McLemee’s ‘Zizek Watch’ Online At Last *

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Fisting, Zapatistas, Hegel’s concept of the beautiful soul, surfboarding, all in one essay.… Read the rest

Not Extremists, Activists, Protestors; Terrorists *

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Campaigns of violence and intimidation to liberate guinea pigs.… Read the rest

Multiple Intelligences *

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Athletic, interpersonal, conversational, fainting in coils…… Read the rest

Recipe for Realism

Sep 11th, 2004 1:54 am | By

Multiple intelligences. Why has the idea always made me want to laugh? Because I’m a mean rotten swine, that’s why. Obviously. Yes but also because it is quite funny. It’s so easy to think of more of those alternative intelligences. Watching tv intelligence, eating intelligence, using the potty intelligence.

Now, one aspect of the general idea seems perfectly unexceptionable.

Gardner’s ideas appealed to many traditional teachers who extolled hard work but also had some students who did better on tests if multiplication tables were set to music or works of literature were acted out in class.

Well, obviously – if it works, do it. (That is, do it if you can, which seems unlikely when most teachers have classes of … Read the rest

Drug Trials ‘Distorted’ *

Sep 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Eleven medical journals have told researchers to register trials at the start so unflattering results cannot be covered up.… Read the rest

‘Healers’ Licensed in South Africa *

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They’ll be barred from treating fatal diseases. … Read the rest

MMR Vaccine Safe *

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Finds UK study of more than 5000 children. … Read the rest

Happy Birthday to Us Again

Sep 10th, 2004 1:36 am | By

Well it’s that time again. Yup, it is – I know that’s hard to believe, but it is. September 10. It’s our birthday. We’re two. Two!! Would you believe it! Well of course you would, why not – but still it does seem very respectable and elderly and established. They haven’t driven us away yet! They haven’t shut us down, they haven’t silenced us, they haven’t sent a plague of locusts. We’re still here! (Who’s they? Oh you know, just the paranoid’s fantasy army. All those faceless Darth Vader types in black plastic outfits who were going to better I mean butter I mean batter down the doors and throw our computers out the window and trample on us until … Read the rest


Sep 9th, 2004 7:34 pm | By

I don’t know if you ever have a look at our Letters page, but if you don’t, you might want to. There are some very interesting letters in there – some of them are brief articles in themselves. I’ve just seen one of that kind, the one at the top of the page (at the moment), a short essay on the Whig interpretation of history and moral relativism (taking issue with an article of ours on the subject), by one Michael Davis. If I had the faintest idea who he was or how to email him, I would ask him if he would like to write an article for us. I wonder if he is the same MD as … Read the rest

Serbia Thinks Better of It *

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Government reverses ban on teaching evolution in schools.… Read the rest

Utopia, Freedom, the State, part 2 *

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Norman Geras discusses three models.… Read the rest

Powell Goes One Step Farther *

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‘This was a coordinated effort, not just random violence.’… Read the rest

Powell Calls it Genocide *

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US Secretary of State says killings in Darfur constitute genocide.… Read the rest

Because Serbia Doesn’t Have Enough Problems? *

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Education minister orders schools to stop teaching evolution.… Read the rest

Does Truth Matter? *

Sep 8th, 2004 | Filed by

Unswerving allegiance to what you believe is dogmatism, not truth.… Read the rest