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.


Ni Putes ni Soumises *

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‘We’re girls, so we’re less-than-nothings, Priscilla, 17, told Le Monde after her friend Sohane’s death.… Read the rest



Lies, Self-Deception and Magical Thinking *

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



Or Academic Pooh and Postmodern Instincts *

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



Whither Irony? *

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‘In the clamorous and bloodstained souk of the world…people still go unrepentantly on looking out for good lives’… Read the rest



Dawkins on Maynard Smith *

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‘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



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



Derek Freeman or Margaret Mead? *

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



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

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



Deep, unconscious anti-science bias. *

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



Frank Lentricchia takes it all back. *

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‘When I grew up and became a literary critic, I learned to keep silent about the reading experiences of liberation that I’d enjoyed since childhood.’… Read the rest



A look at Kent Hovind’s dissertation. *

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In fact Patriot University seems to have no standards.… 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



Derek Freeman Replies *

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