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Tocqueville Updated *

Apr 18th, 2003 | Filed by

Niall Ferguson reviews Fareed Zakaria’s book on the rivalry between democracy and freedom.… Read the rest

Pope Lays Down the Law *

Apr 18th, 2003 | Filed by

More ridiculous rules and strictures from the guy at the Vatican.… Read the rest

Anthony Gottlieb Reviews ‘Rational Mysticism’ *

Apr 17th, 2003 | Filed by

But attitudes of reverence and wonder need not be ‘mystical’.… Read the rest

Susan Greenfield on Scientific Literacy *

Apr 17th, 2003 | Filed by

Science as exciting as football, as fun as going to the cinema.… Read the rest

Archaeologists’ Letter in Guardian *

Apr 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Nine archaeologists urge protection for Iraq’s antiquities. … Read the rest

Library Burnt *

Apr 16th, 2003 | Filed by

The fire at the National Library in Baghdad destroyed manuscripts many centuries old.… Read the rest

Sheffield, Baltimore, Florence *

Apr 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Single women supporting art, eccentric women traversing Europe to buy shocking paintings: Michael Palin’s sort of thing.… Read the rest

Strike! Give Will His Due! *

Apr 16th, 2003 | Filed by

Teachers’ union considers a boycott of English test that dumbs down Shakespeare.… Read the rest

Shiva the Destroyer?

Apr 16th, 2003 | By Thomas R. DeGregori

Postmodernist anti-science thought was once primarily associated with European
and North American academics in the humanities. Now not only has its influence
become international, but it has become integrally intertwined with a number
of other issues such as anti-globalization, anti-transgenic technology in agriculture,
and conservation. Nobody can fault the prevailing internationalism of postmodernists
and their respect for different cultures and peoples (except for the culture
of those who are committed to modern science/technology and its benefits). Nor
can we fault their argument that all of us have biases, though they fail to
comprehend the vital role that scientific method plays in helping to overcome
the limitations which personal and cultural biases impose. Their belief in the
worth and dignity of … Read the rest

James Watson on Using Genetic Knowledge *

Apr 15th, 2003 | Filed by

Conservatives want to stop improvement, Watson says, but enhancement means making better.… Read the rest

They Saw It Coming *

Apr 15th, 2003 | Filed by

Archaeology Magazine worried about the looting of Iraq’s antiquities before the war began.… Read the rest

Life’s Lethal Quality Control

Apr 15th, 2003 | By Geoff Watts

One day in 1995, biologist Armand Leroi walked into Manhattan’s Strand Bookshop
and made a remarkable discovery. He came across a rather plain-looking remaindered
volume bearing the title Cancer Selection . The postdoc student had not heard of the book or its author, James
Graham. But, Leroi recalls: “I’m a sucker for odd theories of evolution, so
I bought it.” It was an impulse decision that was to have profound implications.
For buried in the book was a bold new idea that has become a muse to the young

The book was lying on a table in front of him when I visited his South London
flat. Leroi, a reader in evolutionary developmental biology at London’s Imperial
College, is … Read the rest

Lunch With Cosmides and Tooby *

Apr 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Louis Wolpert talks to the pair who have helped to make the blank slate model obsolete.… Read the rest

Human Genome Cracked (again!) *

Apr 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Three years ago a first draft, this time with 99.999% accuracy.… Read the rest

‘Conservation Support’ *

Apr 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Let us help you loosen your ‘retentionist’ export policies! That’s a nice statue there, for instance…… Read the rest

National Museum of Iraq Emptied *

Apr 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Nothing of value left, say tearful officials.… Read the rest

What Is It Like to Be a Black Nerd? *

Apr 13th, 2003 | Filed by

Especially a female black nerd. One boyfriend tried to get her pregnant to solve the problem…… Read the rest

Whose Bones?

Apr 12th, 2003 | By

Archaeology, Anthropology and other scientific, research-based, evidence-dependent fields of study sometimes come into conflict with indigenous peoples in the areas they examine. A particularly long-standing and deeply felt grievance has been the wholesale and non-consensual removal of indigenous artifacts and human remains, by mostly non-indigenous scientists, to museums and universities. Indignation at this state of affairs on the part of the people whose artifacts and relatives’ skeletons these are is entirely understandable, but it is possible that the situation has now been over-corrected.

Many scientists, historians, and researchers, while agreeing that some collections should never have existed in the first place, consider that others should not be returned now, because they are so old that direct tribal affiliation is impossible … Read the rest

Don’t Panic *

Apr 12th, 2003 | Filed by

SARS is not another 1918 flu, and breathing through a piece of cloth is a drag.… Read the rest

Yank Troops Baffle British Colleagues *

Apr 12th, 2003 | Filed by

How US soldiers behave, Daddy’s popsicle stand, and other views from world newspapers.… Read the rest