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.


Not What You Think but How You Think *

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



‘Independent’ Peer Review *

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



Martin Gardner looks at a Center for nonsense studies. *

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



Frederick Crews on Freud *

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‘the claims of psychoanalytic theory are not interpretations but determinate propositions about how the mind regularly works’… Read the rest



The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes *

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Consider Will Crooks, Labour MP. ‘Growing up in extreme poverty…Crooks spent 2d. on a secondhand Iliad, and was dazzled…’… Read the rest



Science According to the X-Files *

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‘We are born of primordial slime, not at the hands of a benevolent and concerned supreme being who lovingly crafted us from clay.’… 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



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



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 Karate-chops Fashionable Nonsense *

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Dawkins on fun and games.… Read the rest



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



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



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



Or Academic Pooh and Postmodern Instincts *

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