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.


More Than 500 Arguments for the Existence of God *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT

(1) Check out that tree. Isn’t it pretty?
(2) Therefore, God exists.… Read the rest



The Baghdad blogger. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

What life was really like in Saddam’s Iraq and what it’s like now.… Read the rest



Francis Crick on Atheism *

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‘What could be more foolish than to base one’s entire view of life on ideas that, however plausible at that time, now appear to be quite erroneous?’… Read the rest



Literature and theory duke it out. *

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If Lentricchia and Said have joined, the revenge of the emeriti may not be so regressive after all.… Read the rest



Derek Freeman or Margaret Mead? *

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One can be controversial and heretical and still be wrong.… Read the rest



Democracy and its Global Roots *

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‘Developments take place in a world linked by ideas rather than by race.’… Read the rest



Bias, as in Confirmation Bias *

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Being on the side of the rich and powerful ought to make it hard to play victim, but the right in the US manages it by seeing ‘liberal’ bias in the media even when it’s…not there.… Read the rest



Therapeutic Touch *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Skeptical Dictionary looks at energy medicine, the flow of chi or prana, auras, chakras…… Read the rest



Steven Weinberg on the Sokal Hoax *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



‘Frontline’ on Alternative Medicine *

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



Curtis White on The Middle Mind *

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Book reviews in glossy magazines, worshipful interviewers on public radio and tv, ‘annoying’ as the ultimate condemnation…… Read the rest



Out of Islam *

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‘I don’t need a Hell to fear to be ethical, or a paradise to reward me for my good.’… Read the rest



Deep, unconscious anti-science bias. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Scientists are humorless nerds, and crop circles and crystals are more fun.… Read the rest



Derek Freeman Replies *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Ad hominem denigration doesn’t make the case.… Read the rest



Limitations of Political Reporting *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Investors need to know the truth, but voters don’t. Or not.… Read the rest