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.


Historic Conference in Chicago March 2000 *

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Conference brought Armenian
and Turkish scholars together for the first time to discuss the 1915 genocide.… Read the rest



Richard Dawkins Karate-chops Fashionable Nonsense *

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Dawkins on fun and games.… Read the rest



Kevin McDonald on Crews on Freud *

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‘psychoanalysis, unlike a scientific theory but very much like certain religious or political movements, has essentially been immune from attacks leveled at it either from inside or outside the movement.’… Read the rest



Massimo Pigliucci on Science and Religion *

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Do scientists ‘keep the faith’ and if so is that a good thing? Is religion a good source of morality?… Read the rest



Vikram Chandra on the Cult of Authenticity *

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Don’t essentialize Indianness, but you’d better get the Real India right.… Read the rest



Or Academic Pooh and Postmodern Instincts *

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Literary criticism, cultural studies; love letter and satire.… 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



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



When Religion Steps on Science’s Turf *

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Richard Dawkins on the cowardly flabbiness of the intellect that afflicts otherwise rational people confronted with long-established religions. … 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



Meera Nanda on the Case for Indian Enlightenment *

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Meera Nanda had good reasons to fight against patriarchal, upper-caste Hindu traditions that would have suppressed all she valued. Science was not ‘elitist’ or Western but a way of life and a philosophy for social action.… Read the rest



Webster Reviews Fisher and Greenberg *

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‘the findings were nicely congruent with the hypothesis’ – yes, they always are, that’s the problem.… Read the rest



Norman Levitt on Kennewick Man *

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What is a government department doing endorsing the idea that traditions and myths count as evidence?… Read the rest



Barbara Forrest on The Wedge at Work *

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How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream… Read the rest



‘Without a theory, you can’t meet the people.’ *

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Miller wonders why ‘unavailing Latinate neologisms’ convince so many people that something profound is being said.… Read the rest



Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Age of Preposterism *

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‘We are in danger of losing our grip on the concepts of truth, evidence, objectivity, disinterested inquiry.’… Read the rest



Irfan Khawaja takes issue with Daniel Pipes *

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Militant Islam and militant Christian fundamentalism are indeed related.… Read the rest



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

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



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