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.


SF, Crypto-fascism and Romanticism *

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



Oregon’s ‘Cultural Competence’ Plan *

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



Robert Frost’s ‘Design’ *

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



Ramin Jahanbegloo on a philosophy of tolerance *

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Attentiveness towards others and openness towards truth is still not a matter of common sense in some religious and political cultures.… Read the rest



Stalking the wild taboo *

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



Index to Creationist Claims *

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



The Things We Forgot to Remember *

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OU/Radio 4 series on which bits of history we remember and which we don’t… Read the rest



Empty-headed vehemence of a discouraging kind *

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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



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



Crews Replies to Plantinga on ID *

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



Witch-hunts in Orissa *

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When someone gets ill, women are punished.… Read the rest



Nurse gang raped for doing her job *

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



What is ‘liberal orthodoxy’? *

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Graham Larkin answers questions from New York SunRead the rest



15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense *

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Scientific American provides useful tool… Read the rest



Ann Cryer: Forced marriages must end *

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Amanda Day talks to Labour MP Ann Cryer about her campaign to win justice for young Asian women.… Read the rest



The great Kabbalah con *

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An organisation that charges £860 for dinner, ‘healing’ water and some books in Aramaic… Read the rest



Outsider as enemy *

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K N Panikkar on the politics of rewriting history in India. … Read the rest



Hitchens on Hirsi Ali *

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She has case histories that will freeze your blood. These, however, are in some ways less depressing than the excuses made by qualified liberals for their continuation. … Read the rest