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.


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



Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Age of Preposterism *

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What is the difference between genuine inquiry and the sham and fake variety?… Read the rest



A look at Kent Hovind’s dissertation. *

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In fact Patriot University seems to have no standards.… Read the rest



Carol Tavris Wonders Where the Evidence Is *

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‘But the gender-genre books that are based largely on clinical intuition and popular psychology typically lack a basic skepticism toward received wisdom and the willingness to wrestle with an idea to see who wins.’… Read the rest



Holocaust Denial on Trial *

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Deniers distort history in order to promote antisemitism and white supremacy.… Read the rest



McCarthyism’s Indian Rebirth *

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The new chauvinism receives official sanction from government and academic institutions.… Read the rest



Brian Appleyard’s Understanding the Present reviewed. *

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‘Scientists and their works are everywhere described in an arctic language of despair.’… Read the rest



Human Rights and Asian Values *

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Dissent is part of all cultures, Asian decidedly included.… Read the rest



Not What You Think but How You Think *

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



‘Independent’ Peer Review *

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The Bush administration wants scientists it can trust.… Read the rest



Martin Gardner looks at a Center for nonsense studies. *

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Dowsing, homeopathy, Tarot cards and their relevance to mental health professions, and, of course, alien abductions.… Read the rest



Frederick Crews on Freud *

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‘the claims of psychoanalytic theory are not interpretations but determinate propositions about how the mind regularly works’… Read the rest



The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes *

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Consider Will Crooks, Labour MP. ‘Growing up in extreme poverty…Crooks spent 2d. on a secondhand Iliad, and was dazzled…’… Read the rest



Science According to the X-Files *

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‘We are born of primordial slime, not at the hands of a benevolent and concerned supreme being who lovingly crafted us from clay.’… Read the rest



Professionalization in the Humanities *

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What if you want to talk about an authentic self instead of an ‘authentic self’?… Read the rest



Lee Smith on Tariq Ramadan *

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‘Ramadan is a cold-blooded Islamist who believes that Islam is the cure for the malaise wrought by liberal values.’… Read the rest



An ex-Muslim woman speaks out – and has to flee for her life. *

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Most government-funded Islamic clubs ‘are run by deeply conservative men and perpetuate the segregation of women.’ … Read the rest



Richard Dawkins Karate-chops Fashionable Nonsense *

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Dawkins on fun and games.… Read the rest



Historic Conference in Chicago March 2000 *

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Conference brought Armenian
and Turkish scholars together for the first time to discuss the 1915 genocide.… 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