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.


Paul Gross on the Politicization of Science Education *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Anthropologists sharpen their knives *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Anthropologists are trained to appreciate cultural differences, but they can’t stand it within their own profession.’… Read the rest



Eagleton on Fish *

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‘A superficially historicist, materialist case – our beliefs and assumptions are embedded in our practical forms of life – leads not only to a kind of epistemological idealism, but to the deeply convenient doctrine that our way of life cannot be criticised as a whole.’… Read the rest



Memory and trauma *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Multicultural Pseudoscience *

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Bernard Ortiz De Montellano on gibberish dressed up as education.… Read the rest



What we need is a robust universalism. *

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‘There is nothing sacrosanct about any culture or religion’s rituals. Cultures are neither monolithic, unchanging, nor without internal critique and resistance…’… Read the rest



Gangsta Rap Culture Not Such a Good Thing? *

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Education has been portrayed as ‘white’ – what use is it when strutting the streets?… Read the rest



Washington, Jefferson and slavery. *

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Washington freed his slaves in his will, Jefferson did not. The reasons of each tell us much about American history.… 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



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 *

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



Separation of Mosque and State *

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‘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 *

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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?’ *

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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



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