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.


The hegemony of social constructionism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Mark Bauerlein on the institutional factors behind groupthink.… Read the rest



Silence over Afghan women’s rights *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Widows starve, refugees are beaten, rape victims are beaten… 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



On the Robbers Cave Experiment *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Derogation of the out-group was expressed in word and deed.… Read the rest



The Forward March Of Women Halted? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

A commitment to women’s equality has eroded and strong opposition to this commitment has emerged.… Read the rest



The Catcher in the Rye is a crap book. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Execrable prose and jejune narcissism – not a good combination.… Read the rest



Ivan Kelly on concepts of modern astrology *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Interconnectedness, paranormal information transmission, asymmetrical evidence acceptance, aperception of contradiction, and more.… Read the rest



Margaret Talbot on Carol Gilligan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Gilligan’s teaching is in many ways reactionary, which also helps to account for its extraordinary success… Read the rest



Libraries *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Some librarians now post NO SILENCE PLEASE signs as part of their marketing campaigns.… Read the rest



Simon Blackburn interview *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Behe’s Empty Box *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Reviews and Criticisms of Michael Behe’s book: Darwin’s Black Box:
The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Read the rest



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



Fred Halliday on Blasphemy and Power *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is not possible to insult or defame someone who has been dead for 1,374 years.… 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



Deborah Lipstadt on Holocaust Denial *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Deborah Lipstadt discusses how misinformation and false claims are used to question the reality of the Nazis’ attempt to exterminate Europe’s Jews.… Read the rest



Intergalactic Jesus *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Piers Benn on Islamophobia-phobia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Many who fear the rise of Islamophobia veer away from critical analysis of Islamic claims and practices, perhaps for fear of what they might find.… 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



Tracy Morton and Kay Wilkinson v Vardy *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Vardy schools accord equal importance to both creationism and theories of evolution.… Read the rest



Philosophy: Who Needs It? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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