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.


Oregon’s ‘Cultural Competence’ Plan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Many faculty members worried about insertion of undefined political notion ‘cultural competency’ into every aspect of administration, teaching and performance evaluation… 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



Tracy Morton and Kay Wilkinson v Vardy *

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



Simon Blackburn on Richard Rorty *

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Rorty has a gift for ducking and weaving and laying smoke… Read the rest



The Robbers Cave Experiment *

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A classic on intergroup conflict and cooperation… Read the rest



About Patrick Henry College *

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Socialism is a violation of God’s creation order.… Read the rest



What segregated education does *

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Entrenches the opinions of parents.… Read the rest



Amnesty International on ‘honour’ killings in Pakistan *

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Dr Tahira Shahid Khan says ‘Women are considered the property of the males in their family irrespective of their class, ethnic or religious group. The owner of the property has the right to decide its fate. The concept of ownership has turned women into a commodity’… Read the rest



‘Living on Earth’ visits Wangari Maathai *

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Green belts, trees, women, poverty, empowerment, corruption, resistance.… Read the rest



Richard Wolin on Derrida *

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‘Deconstruction was perceived, not unjustly, as part and parcel of an elitist, self-enclosed, mandarin academic idiom.’… Read the rest



Company recalls ‘offensive’ sandals *

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Laceys footwear, in London, made the decision after it received complaints from ‘the Hindu community.’… Read the rest



Julian Baggini considers online collaborations. *

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How human relationships are being pushed in new directions by virtual worlds.… Read the rest



Confessions of a Lonely Atheist *

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‘Among the more irritating consequences of our flagrantly religious society is the special dispensation that mainstream religions receive.’… Read the rest



The Guardian profiles E O Wilson *

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



On the Robbers Cave Experiment *

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



What is Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy? *

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Highly controversial condition, which some doubt even exists.… Read the rest



Richard Norman on Richard Swinburne *

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If belief in God is a matter of ‘faith’ in contrast to reason, there’s nothing to distinguish it from mere wishful thinking.… Read the rest



Manufactured Consensus? *

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If political considerations dictate what gets published, it’s all over for science.… Read the rest



About that Chinese encyclopedia… *

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Foucault cited Borges, but some of his followers cite the encyclopedia as fact.… Read the rest



As Miss World Turns *

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The war between religious fanaticism and secular modernity is fought over women’s bodies.… Read the rest