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.


Byatt Reviews Browne’s Darwin Biography *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘There has been a tendency among Marxist, or marxisant, critics of Darwin, and social Darwinism, to criticise, or ridicule, the theory as a simple product of the society in which it was developed.’… Read the rest



Lies, Self-Deception and Magical Thinking *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Psychoanalysis was never, despite Freud’s ‘positivist rhetoric,’ a science; it was a ‘purely speculative enterprise,’ argues Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen.… Read the rest



Dawkins on Maynard Smith *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘John does know more mathematics, more physics and more engineering than the average biologist. But he also knows more biology than the average biologist.’… Read the rest



Research psychology or psychotherapy. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘…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



Raymond Tallis on Sokal & Bricmont. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Frank Furedi on Paranoid Parents *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The world is a jungle, barely one child in a hundred escapes being murdered! Or so you would think.… Read the rest



Thomas Nagel on the Sleep of Reason *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Eerily patient explanations from Sokal and Bricmont of why gibberish is gibberish.… Read the rest



Report on Resistentialism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Paul Boghossian on the Sokal Hoax *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘How, given the recent and sorry history of ideologically motivated conceptions of knowledge — Lysenkoism in Stalin’s Soviet Union, for example, or Nazi critiques of `Jewish science’ — could it again have become acceptable to behave in this way?’… Read the rest



Dawkins on Darwin’s Genetics *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘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 *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



A look at Kent Hovind’s dissertation. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Carol Tavris Wonders Where the Evidence Is *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘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 *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



McCarthyism’s Indian Rebirth *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Brian Appleyard’s Understanding the Present reviewed. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Human Rights and Asian Values *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Not What You Think but How You Think *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



‘Independent’ Peer Review *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Martin Gardner looks at a Center for nonsense studies. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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