Flashback

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.


Carlin Romano Reads Bruce Bawer *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Enlightenment, we should equally remember, means replacing half-baked notions and myths with facts.… Read the rest



Visiting Preacher Killen *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘If You Don’t Believe in God, the Hellfire Awaits You.’… Read the rest



Hitchens on ‘Mother Teresa’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Misdiagnoses, re-using unsterile needles, no pain medications…… Read the rest



Polio outbreak in Indonesia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Officials believe the outbreak can be traced to Nigeria, where vaccinations were suspended in 2003 after radical clerics said they were a US plot… Read the rest



Sheldrake’s staring effect *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The sequences used in Sheldrake’s research are not properly randomized. … Read the rest



BHL Too Fashionable, French Intellectuals Report *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Authors motivated by impatience with relentless self-promotion and unquestioning adulation of French media.… Read the rest



Scott McLemee does a close reading of ‘Battlefield Earth’ *

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Terl’s responsibilities include blackmailing fellow Psychlo Forest Whitaker and laughing at his own jokes.… Read the rest



Stalking the Wild Taboo *

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Anti-science is a revolt wherein second-rate scholarship is parlayed into tenured professorships and book contracts.… Read the rest



Robert Frost’s ‘Design’ *

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‘I found a dimpled spider, fat and white…’… Read the rest



Intergalactic Jesus *

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Attempts to reconcile science and religion usually fail because religions make claims about the real world that don’t stand up to scientific scrutiny.… Read the rest



Philosophy: Who Needs It? *

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‘It’s a bug that has taken hold of me without asking my permission.’… Read the rest



Noam Chomsky’s ‘Rationality/Science’ *

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‘these attributions scarcely rise to the level of a caricature of rational inquiry’… Read the rest



Chris Mooney on Tom Bethell *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

There’s plenty of science hijacking in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.… Read the rest



Rushdie on ‘joke’ Islamic leaders *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Says there is a “backsliding into bigotry” among Muslims both in Britain and around the world. … Read the rest



Seyran Ates on multiculturalism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

I want to know, and many thousands of Muslim girls and women have a right to know, why understanding and infinite tolerance is practised with particular cultural traditions that are clearly oppressive of women.… Read the rest



An Unlikely Communion of Socialists and Islamists *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘…they hide the atheism at the core of leftist politics in order to pursue a blatant get–rich–quick electoral scheme.’… Read the rest



Natural History on ‘Intelligent Design’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Articles by Forrest, Scott, Miller, Pennock, Behe, Dembski, more.… Read the rest



Index to Creationist Claims *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Rebuttals and references from the scientific community to any and all of the various creationist claims.… Read the rest



Crews Replies to Plantinga on ID *

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Creationists sense they’re playing a losing game.… Read the rest



Michael Ruse reads Dawkins *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Ruse sees Richard Dawkins as the atheist’s Billy Graham… Read the rest