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Darwin Knew About the Sweet Peas *

Feb 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Richard Dawkins says Darwin was right to bring together sexual selection and the Descent of Man.… Read the rest

Things Fall Apart

Feb 7th, 2003 4:47 pm | By

Well now…I must say, I’m a bit shocked. My comfortable certainties are all upset, what I thought I knew is sous rature, my binary oppositions are problematized, and things are just generally messed up. If the trendiest of trendy hippest of hippy French philosophers doesn’t like Seinfeld, well–well why bother, that’s all.

Earlier on in the film, an interviewer from South African television chooses to open her questions with a reference to Seinfeld : does Professor Derrida see any affinities between his thought and this ironic, situation comedy? Derrida’s eyes narrow. “Deconstruction as I understand it doesn’t produce any sit-com,” he says in English, audibly putting the last words into pointed italics. “Stop watching sit-com. And do

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The Red Queen Process *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Inclusive fitness, the utility of altruism, gene shuffling, the mumbling professor turns into Indiana Jones. The importance of William Hamilton.… Read the rest

Education for Profit *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

The EU may decide to ‘liberalise’ higher education, putting an end to government subsidies. What price history or philosophy, one wonders.… Read the rest

Does All His Own Stunts *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Derrida does his own problematizing and struggles to find sufficiently gnomic replies.… Read the rest

Karl Marx Meets Leo Marx *

Feb 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Policing the borders, becoming the Other, subaltern disciplines, historical privileging of the imperial metaphysic perspective as the agent of knowledge production. A feast of jargon awaits.… Read the rest

Vice-Chancellor and Minister Disagree *

Feb 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Cambridge doesn’t attract enough working class students, says Hodge; it does, says Sir Alec.… Read the rest

Rebel From Newark *

Feb 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Leslie Fiedler loved to smash his own idols, could leave nothing unsaid, disdained subtleties, and crowed at the grave of modernism.… Read the rest

Stop That This Instant!

Feb 4th, 2003 8:10 pm | By

Oh my. We are in Alice country. A principal tells a teacher off because her students were engaged in an activity other than…watching television.

Why, the little slackers! The naughty little skivers! What were they doing? Talking? Throwing spit balls? Composing new rap lyrics? Copulating? No. They were…it’s almost too painful to relate…they were reading.

Well. We don’t want that kind of thing in the American school system, thank you. That sort of behavior leads to literacy, and elitism, and intellectual curiosity, and wanting to know more about things like history and philosophy. We don’t want that, now do we, no, because we’re glad to be a Beta. So the principal took to spying on the teacher to … Read the rest

Surveys, Damned Surveys and Statistics *

Feb 4th, 2003 | Filed by

Where is that evidence again?… Read the rest

Another ‘The Dog Ate My Data’ Case *

Feb 4th, 2003 | Filed by

This time it’s the pro-gun scholar who can’t find his figures.… Read the rest

Caught Reading in School! *

Feb 4th, 2003 | Filed by

Principal to teacher: your students were reading instead of watching television. Don’t let it happen again!… Read the rest

Free Speech For Me But Not For You *

Feb 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

Radicals when on the bottom, censors when on top. Napoleon, anyone?… Read the rest

Celebrate or Be Dull, Ben Okri Says *

Feb 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

Okri says Britain must respect its living writers.… Read the rest

Public Distrust of Science *

Feb 1st, 2003 | Filed by

The Royal Society is concerned about media coverage of new research before it has been peer reviewed (which does not mean checked by the House of Lords).… Read the rest

Caricature or Anti-Semitism? *

Feb 1st, 2003 | Filed by

Goya’s ‘Saturn Devouring his Children’ is a powerful piece of visual rhetoric. Is it anti-Semitic if Saturn is Sharon?… Read the rest

Newspaper Death Threats Cause Undergraduate Suspensions *

Jan 31st, 2003 | Filed by

‘It was fairly obviously a joke,’ says student editor of headline ‘Kill Levinsky, win a Robin reliant’. … Read the rest

Alas, Poor Roses *

Jan 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Oliver Curry reviews a collection of arguments against evolutionary psychology edited by Steven and Hilary Rose. He finds their case unconvincing, to say the least.… Read the rest

Fishy Tomatoes and Moneyish Rockets *

Jan 30th, 2003 | Filed by

Richard Dawkins suggests that subtle judgment is better than gut reactions, and that muddleheadedness helps no one.… Read the rest

Feds to Investigate Biology Professor *

Jan 30th, 2003 | Filed by

US professor, naturally enough, refuses to recommend students who don’t believe in evolution. But John Ashcroft is Attorney General.… Read the rest