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.


Behe and Intelligent Design *

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Irreducible complexity is a term invented by Behe. It is a myth: there is no irreducible complexity in living organisms.… Read the rest



The Robbers Cave Experiment *

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A classic on intergroup conflict and cooperation… Read the rest



Chris Mooney on Tom Bethell *

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There’s plenty of science hijacking in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.… Read the rest



Yale as a Place Where Language Goes to Die *

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Helena Echlin on the misery of being a PhD candidate in English and American literature at Yale. She has to stifle her urge to write ‘eh?’ in the margins, discovers that obfuscation is de rigeur, and that people who talk nonsense are now looked upon not as sloppy thinkers, but as sages.… Read the rest



Massimo Pigliucci on Science and Religion *

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Do scientists ‘keep the faith’ and if so is that a good thing? Is religion a good source of morality?… 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



Grade Inflation *

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When students are consumers, they want what they pay for.… Read the rest



Byatt Reviews Browne’s Darwin Biography *

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‘There has been a tendency among Marxist, or marxisant, critics of Darwin, and social Darwinism, to criticise, or ridicule, the theory as a simple product of the society in which it was developed.’… Read the rest



Kevin McDonald on Crews on Freud *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘psychoanalysis, unlike a scientific theory but very much like certain religious or political movements, has essentially been immune from attacks leveled at it either from inside or outside the movement.’… 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



Paul Boghossian on the Sokal Hoax *

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‘How, given the recent and sorry history of ideologically motivated conceptions of knowledge — Lysenkoism in Stalin’s Soviet Union, for example, or Nazi critiques of `Jewish science’ — could it again have become acceptable to behave in this way?’… Read the rest



Norman Levitt on Kennewick Man *

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What is a government department doing endorsing the idea that traditions and myths count as evidence?… Read the rest



Curtis White on The Middle Mind *

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Book reviews in glossy magazines, worshipful interviewers on public radio and tv, ‘annoying’ as the ultimate condemnation…… Read the rest



Stanley Fish Defends Postmodernism *

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Terrorists, freedom fighters, fundamentalists, postcolonialism, the Enlightenment – all contested, as usual. … Read the rest



Dawkins on Darwin’s Genetics *

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‘Sexual selection really is a good candidate for explaining a great deal about the unique evolution of our species.’… Read the rest



Webster Reviews Fisher and Greenberg *

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‘the findings were nicely congruent with the hypothesis’ – yes, they always are, that’s the problem.… Read the rest



Out of Islam *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘I don’t need a Hell to fear to be ethical, or a paradise to reward me for my good.’… Read the rest



Not What You Think but How You Think *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘He was very easily irritated by anything bogus, anything facile or hypocritical.’… 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



Memory and trauma *

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Sally Satel looks at the way we construct narratives about our symptoms.… Read the rest