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.


Simon Blackburn interview *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

On truth, epistemology, global warming, philosophy of mind, quasi-realism, Hume… Read the rest



Pragna Patel on the Impact of Fundamentalism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Women in particular have borne the brunt of the new found
Hindu militancy and intolerance.… Read the rest



Nigerian State Segregates Travel *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘You have no excuse to carry a woman who is neither your wife nor your mother on a motorcycle.’… Read the rest



A Conversation Between Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Both are obsessed with realism and the pursuit of objective knowledge… Read the rest



Law angers women’s rights campaigners *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

New Islamic family law in Malaysia undermines women’s rights.… Read the rest



The real politics behind bad academic writing *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The desire to “question common sense” is merely the self-congratulation of someone whose “sense” is different, but no less “common.”… Read the rest



Carl Sagan on The Burden of Skepticism *

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What is called for is an exquisite balance between skeptical scrutiny and great openness to new ideas.… Read the rest



SF, Crypto-fascism and Romanticism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The bandit hero – the underdog rebel – so frequently becomes the political tyrant; and we are perpetually astonished!… Read the rest



Stalking the wild taboo *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Seville Statement on Violence was written in the language of sociopolitical activism, not that of science.… Read the rest



Jews in US Academia since World War II *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Taken for granted now, but it hasn’t always been.… Read the rest



Frederick Crews on ‘Intelligent Design’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Creationism sheds its Dogpatch image and takes a subtler approach.… Read the rest



Daughters of France, Daughters of Allah *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Marie Brenner on forced marriage, violence, imprisonment of women.… Read the rest



Behe and Intelligent Design *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Irreducible complexity is a term invented by Behe. It is a myth: there is no irreducible complexity in living organisms.… Read the rest



Arguments from Incredulity and Gödel *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Basically, Godel’s theorems prove the Doctrine of Original Sin, the need for the sacrament of penance, and that there is a future eternity.’… Read the rest



Islamisation in Malaysia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Secularists, women’s rights campaigners, minorities not pleased.… Read the rest



Cretino-Leftism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Classic Symptom of Epistemological Cretino-Leftism: Claiming that criticism, reason, rational inquiry and the pursuit of truth are “instruments of oppression”.… Read the rest



A Mathematician Reads Social Text *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Don’t think someone as educated as Ross could fall into such a trap? Think again.… Read the rest



Empty-headed vehemence of a discouraging kind *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Greer’s idealization of miserable women – which is to say, her denial of their misery – is worse than naive. It is cruel.… Read the rest



Nurse gang raped for doing her job *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

She refused to perform illegal abortions, so three men assaulted her… Read the rest



No Need for Facts When You Have Faith *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

You can be certain and be wrong.… Read the rest