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.


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



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



Livid Quietism on the Right *

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‘The anti-intellectuals are finally on the side of power at its most unforgiving and voracious.’… Read the rest



What we need is a robust universalism. *

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‘There is nothing sacrosanct about any culture or religion’s rituals. Cultures are neither monolithic, unchanging, nor without internal critique and resistance…’… Read the rest



Scott McLemee on Orwell *

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Prose as a window-pane opens onto a reality that is solidly and visibly ‘out there.’… 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 Impact of Religion on Children’s Education *

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Azam Kamguian on what the anti-secularist backlash has done to education.… Read the rest



Gangsta Rap Culture Not Such a Good Thing? *

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Education has been portrayed as ‘white’ – what use is it when strutting the streets?… Read the rest