Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


Charles Murray is Deeply in Love With Sarah Palin *

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The last thing we need are more pointy-headed intellectuals running the government.… Read the rest



Afsan Chowdhury on the shadow citizens *

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Being gay in Bangladesh isn’t easy.… Read the rest



Joel Achenbach on Carl Sagan *

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We have needed Sagan ever since Copernicus removed us from the center of the universe.… Read the rest



Confessions of a Lonely Atheist *

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Natalie Angier unimpressed by Bush’s assumption that prayer is some sort of miracle Vicks Vapo Rub for the national charley horse.… Read the rest



Massimo Puglicci reads Stanley Fish on atheism *

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Another demonstration that atheism is simply not permissible.… Read the rest



God v Science *

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What is so good about having faith when you don’t have evidence? What is the real advantage to that? Why is this something that we want to encourage?… Read the rest



WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA statement on FGM *

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Confirming the universally unacceptable harm caused by FGM, and issuing an unqualified call for the elimination of this practice in all its forms.… Read the rest



Reading Karen Armstrong *

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History is for Karen Armstrong not so much putty as Playdoh.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt talks to Der Spiegel *

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Feminism created a new normal. … Read the rest



M V Ramana on gay rights in South Asia *

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The strongly patriarchal nature of South Asian societies ensures even worse treatment for lesbians than for gay men.… Read the rest



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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Right to Offend *

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‘Today, the open society is challenged by Islamism’… Read the rest



Pigliucci on Fish on atheism *

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He has to reduce science to just another faith in order to salvage the “reasonableness” of religious belief.… Read the rest



Natasha Walter on women in Afghanistan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

“Every day women are sacrificed for their family or tribe,” Nilab Mobarez tells me angrily. … Read the rest



WHO study on risks of FGM *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

WHO study shows FGM exposes women and babies to significant risk at childbirth.… Read the rest



The Candidate *

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The New Yorker on Obama in May 2004… Read the rest



‘Honour’ killing rewarded with prize of 3 girls *

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Guy kills wife, gets 3 underage girls in ‘compensation.’… Read the rest



Tony Sewell and Lee Jasper on racism and school. *

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We need to challenge a youth culture that thinks to do well in school is ‘to act white.’… Read the rest



Get an MA in astrology. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A new and exciting advance for the academic world.… Read the rest



The Guardian profiles E O Wilson *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Ants, pheromones, genes, biodiversity, ecological footprints, consilience.… Read the rest