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.


Mary Lefkowitz on Distortions of History *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

He has his view and you have yours and they have theirs. So it goes.… Read the rest



Ethnomathematics *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Mathematics is absolutely integrated with Western civilization, which conquered and dominated the entire world.’… Read the rest



Separation of Mosque and State *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Among intellectuals and in the academic world, any attempt to blame Islam for women’s oppression is stamped as Orientalism.’… Read the rest



Durkheim on Religion *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The way to ‘reject the insipid relativism of the tabula rasa without denying or ignoring the freedom and variability of individual human beings and their cultures.’… Read the rest



Rigoberta Menchu *

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‘Whenever you’re told that you shouldn’t look into something, for some people, that is a very clear directive that you ought to keep looking.’… Read the rest



Grade Inflation *

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



Whither Irony? *

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‘In the clamorous and bloodstained souk of the world…people still go unrepentantly on looking out for good lives’… Read the rest



‘Why should science be any different?’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘We no longer defer to bishops or politicians; scientists are simply facing the same fate.’ Yes but bishops are one thing and scientists are another. We can demand that scientists produce evidence, but what evidence can a bishop offer?… Read the rest



A Designer Universe? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

What a coincidence that we’re here and not on that nasty Pluto.… Read the rest



The margins are getting so crowded! *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Centrality is so uncool that the margins are as full of people as Bangkok or the Aran Islands.… Read the rest



Monolithic Thought Unfair to Astrology *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘The Epistemological Situation of Astrology in Relation to the Ambivalent Fascination/Rejection of Postmodern Societies’… Read the rest



A Moral Argument for Atheism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Slaughter of innocents, human sacrifice, eternal torture – it’s all there.… Read the rest



Norman Levitt on Kennewick Man. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

NAGPRA is a well-intentioned piece of legislation that has grown into a monster of anti-scientific bias.… Read the rest



Stanley Fish Defends Postmodernism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Frank Lentricchia takes it all back. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘When I grew up and became a literary critic, I learned to keep silent about the reading experiences of liberation that I’d enjoyed since childhood.’… Read the rest



You Mean Movie Characters Aren’t Real People? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

No it’s not just an accident that the character who gets Tom Hanks killed in Saving Private Ryan is both an intellectual and a coward. Spielberg is making a point, a bad point, and we need to pay attention.… Read the rest



Melvin Konner takes on the opponents of sociobiology. *

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Biologists who had done no primary research in human sciences nevertheless issued anathemas on it.… Read the rest



The Great Convergence *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Beware of neo-Deistic pseudoreligion.… Read the rest



Polly Toynbee on Religious Hatred Laws *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Confusing religion and race is a clever trap the religious have laid for a worried government rightly anxious about race. … Read the rest



Hitchens on Contrarianism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Among his many weapons are a forensic curiosity, a vast learning, a savage wit, a commanding intellect, an international perspective and a moral authority that is built on something sturdier than cheap moralising.’… Read the rest