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.


Witch-hunts in Orissa *

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



Costing an Arm and a Leg *

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Mental disorders come and go.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo on Righteous Blasphemy *

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Jesus is reading The Philosophers’ Magazine.… Read the rest



Tony Sewell and Lee Jasper on racism and school. *

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We need to challenge a youth culture that thinks to do well in school is ‘to act white.’… Read the rest



Silence over Afghan women’s rights *

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Widows starve, refugees are beaten, rape victims are beaten… Read the rest



Profile of Susan Sontag from 1992. *

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‘I don’t want to express alienation. It isn’t what I feel. I’m interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.’… Read the rest



Kenan Malik’s Debate with Steve Fuller *

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If there are two cultures involved in the Sokal affair they are shoddy scholarship on the one side and an attempt at rational thought on the other. … Read the rest



Azam Kamguian on Islam and Education *

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The anti-secularist reaction has been bad for women and children.… Read the rest



The machismo of the riots *

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In 1968, women and men occupied the barricades.… Read the rest



15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense *

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Scientific American provides useful tool… 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



Barbie looks better with no legs *

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Why does someone want both her legs off, ‘fairly high’ above the knee?… Read the rest



Researcher denied funds for assuming evolution *

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Peer-review committee said he hadn’t provided ‘adequate justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent-design theory, was correct.’… Read the rest



The Catcher in the Rye is a crap book. *

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



Simon Blackburn interview *

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



Pragna Patel on the Impact of Fundamentalism *

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



Nigerian State Segregates Travel *

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‘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 *

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



Law angers women’s rights campaigners *

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



The real politics behind bad academic writing *

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