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.


Steven Weinberg on the Sokal Hoax *

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No, linear doesn’t mean what pomos think it means.… Read the rest



A Moral Argument for Atheism *

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



Report on Resistentialism *

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Betrousered, two-eyed philosopher Ventre considers a world in which Things are Against Us.… Read the rest



Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? *

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When cultures are organized around controlling and using women, is blanket respect for Other cultures such a good idea?… Read the rest



‘Frontline’ on Alternative Medicine *

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Alternative to what? Testing and evidence?… Read the rest



Norman Levitt on Kennewick Man. *

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



Please, No More Glamorama *

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James Wood on the grim outlook for social realism and ‘hysterical realism’, which may allow a space for the aesthetic and the contemplative again.… Read the rest



Anthropologists sharpen their knives *

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



Hitchens on Contrarianism *

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‘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



Human Rights and Asian Values *

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



Fifteen Answers to Creationist Nonsense *

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Some antievolutionists admit that they intend for intelligent-design theory to serve as a “wedge” for reopening science classrooms to discussions of God. … 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



NAGPRA and the Demon-haunted World *

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NAGPRA proceeds from an antievolutionary perspective grounded in fundamentalist religious belief.… Read the rest



A Duty to Annoy *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Is feminism about being a fragile flower needing protection and consolation at every hint of conflict? Or is it about being a cactus and fighting back. Wendy Kaminer disavows florality.… 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



So Sylvia Plath was a Poet? *

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‘Death and marriage may have fed and fuelled her writing, but – posthumously at least – they cramp her style.’… 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 considers Fashionable Nonsense *

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It’s so uncool to think there is a real 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



Norman Geras on Minimum Utopia *

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The facts of widespread human privation and those of political oppression and atrocity are available to all who want them.… Read the rest