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.


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



Kenan Malik on free speech *

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The impact of censorship is in fact to undermine progressive movements within minority communities.… 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



Advertising Standards Authority rules out miracle cure ad *

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The ASA said Peniel Pentecostal Church had to offer proof at least comparable with that required of makers of washing powder… 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



Women Against Fundamentalisms *

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WAF was launched in 1989 to challenge the rise of fundamentalism in all religions.… 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



Horseplay in Harappa *

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Collection of articles on on the ways Hindutva propagandists distort ancient Indian history. … Read the rest



Carl Sagan on The Burden of Skepticism *

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What is called for is an exquisite balance between skeptical scrutiny and great openness to new ideas.… Read the rest



Jeffrey Nielsen’s response to firing by BYU *

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I also strongly disagree with the implications of your statement that faithfulness and loyalty to the church and church leaders never permits expressions of disagreement, or questioning of our church leaders – especially in an academic setting.… Read the rest



An Unlikely Communion of Socialists and Islamists *

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‘…they hide the atheism at the core of leftist politics in order to pursue a blatant get–rich–quick electoral scheme.’… Read the rest



Carl Zimmer Reviews The God Gene *

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Or rather, a gene for something labeled ‘spirituality.’… Read the rest



Cretino-Leftism *

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Classic Symptom of Epistemological Cretino-Leftism: Claiming that criticism, reason, rational inquiry and the pursuit of truth are “instruments of oppression”.… 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



Natural History on ‘Intelligent Design’ *

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Articles by Forrest, Scott, Miller, Pennock, Behe, Dembski, more.… Read the rest



British diplomats rescue women from forced marriages *

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Rehman has been thrashed by her father, threatened at gunpoint by her uncle and forced to marry a complete stranger… Read the rest



A Mathematician Reads Social Text *

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Don’t think someone as educated as Ross could fall into such a trap? Think again.… Read the rest



‘Living on Earth’ visits Wangari Maathai *

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



A ‘Museum Different’ *

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The exhibit’s commentary is limited to comments like ‘Respect and sharing of your self is very important.’… Read the rest