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.


Confessions of a Lonely Atheist *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘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



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



Can White Guys Eat Quiche and Jump? *

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Or as Tom Lehrer put it: Fight fiercely Harvard, fight fight fight: impress them with our prowess, do.… Read the rest



Barbara Forrest on the Wedge at Work *

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How ID creationism is wedging its way into the cultural and academic mainstream.… Read the rest



Margaret Talbot on Carol Gilligan *

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



Carlin Romano Reads Bruce Bawer *

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



Visiting Preacher Killen *

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



Hitchens on ‘Mother Teresa’ *

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



Polio outbreak in Indonesia *

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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 *

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



BHL Too Fashionable, French Intellectuals Report *

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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