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.


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



And ‘Post-Contemporary’ means…what, exactly? *

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If you number your paragraphs, will people mistake you for Adorno?… Read the rest



Please, No More Glamorama *

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James Wood on the grim outlook for social realism and ‘hysterical realism’, which may allow a space for the aesthetic and the contemplative again.… Read the rest



Fifteen Answers to Creationist Nonsense *

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Some antievolutionists admit that they intend for intelligent-design theory to serve as a “wedge” for reopening science classrooms to discussions of God. … Read the rest



Samantha Power on genocide and failures to prevent it. *

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Why did it take the US Senate forty years to ratify the UN Genocide Convention?… Read the rest



Paul Kurtz on Belief *

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Why do people believe or disbelieve?… Read the rest



Livid Quietism on the Right *

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‘The anti-intellectuals are finally on the side of power at its most unforgiving and voracious.’… Read the rest



The Impact of Religion on Children’s Education *

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Azam Kamguian on what the anti-secularist backlash has done to education.… Read the rest



The Yanomamo Controversy *

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A scandal in anthropology is complicated by politics, emotion, prestige – the usual sort of thing.… Read the rest



Ni Putes ni Soumises *

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‘We’re girls, so we’re less-than-nothings, Priscilla, 17, told Le Monde after her friend Sohane’s death.… Read the rest



Romila Thapar demolishes Sanskritic Indus Theory *

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‘Indian history from the perspective of the Hindutva ideology reintroduces ideas that have long been discarded and are of little relevance to an understanding of the past.’… Read the rest



A Duty to Annoy *

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Is feminism about being a fragile flower needing protection and consolation at every hint of conflict? Or is it about being a cactus and fighting back. Wendy Kaminer disavows florality.… Read the rest



Richard Dawkins considers Fashionable Nonsense *

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It’s so uncool to think there is a real world.… Read the rest



Thomas Kuhn Examined *

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The shift from logic to history, and the perennial appeal of irrationalist programs.… Read the rest



More Than 500 Arguments for the Existence of God *

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TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT

(1) Check out that tree. Isn’t it pretty?
(2) Therefore, God exists.… Read the rest



The Baghdad blogger. *

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What life was really like in Saddam’s Iraq and what it’s like now.… Read the rest



Francis Crick on Atheism *

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‘What could be more foolish than to base one’s entire view of life on ideas that, however plausible at that time, now appear to be quite erroneous?’… Read the rest



Literature and theory duke it out. *

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If Lentricchia and Said have joined, the revenge of the emeriti may not be so regressive after all.… Read the rest