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.


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

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



Paul Gross on the Politicization of Science Education *

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Attempts to reshape science classes delegitimize science as an especially trustworthy form of knowledge and promote “other ways of knowing” instead. … Read the rest



Polly Toynbee on Religious Hatred Laws *

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



Jihad versus McWorld *

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In the 1992 article that he expanded into an excellent book, Barber examines the ways Identity and Shopping are dividing the world between them.… Read the rest



Dwight Macdonald *

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‘…all but a fraction of his own writing molders unattended in America’s used bookstores. Like the New York Intellectuals with whom he was associated…he is referenced more often than read, a sad fate for a critic who wrote so much, so well and with such wit and insight.’… 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



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



Mary Lefkowitz on Distortions of History *

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



Paul Boghossian on the Sokal Hoax. *

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‘To concede that no one ever believes something solely because it’s true is not to deny that anything is objectively true.’… 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



‘Why should science be any different?’ *

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‘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



Research psychology or psychotherapy. *

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‘…many of the widely accepted claims promulgated by therapists are based on subjective clinical opinions and have been resoundingly disproved by empirical research conducted by psychological scientists.’… Read the rest



Susan Haack on Vulgar Rortyism *

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It’s important to distinguish between necessary, useful technicality, and jargon or pseudo-mathematics substituting for genuine rigor.… Read the rest



Democracy and its Global Roots *

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‘Developments take place in a world linked by ideas rather than by race.’… Read the rest



A Designer Universe? *

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



Raymond Tallis on Sokal & Bricmont. *

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‘The protection built into Theory…is composed of layer on layer of ignorance.’… Read the rest



Naomi Weisstein defends the beanie hat *

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We need to know what’s out there so that we can change it.… Read the rest



You Mean Movie Characters Aren’t Real People? *

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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



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