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 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



Yale as a Place Where Language Goes to Die *

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Helena Echlin on the misery of being a PhD candidate in English and American literature at Yale. She has to stifle her urge to write ‘eh?’ in the margins, discovers that obfuscation is de rigeur, and that people who talk nonsense are now looked upon not as sloppy thinkers, but as sages.… 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



The Baghdad blogger. *

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



Grade Inflation *

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When students are consumers, they want what they pay for.… Read the rest



Byatt Reviews Browne’s Darwin Biography *

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‘There has been a tendency among Marxist, or marxisant, critics of Darwin, and social Darwinism, to criticise, or ridicule, the theory as a simple product of the society in which it was developed.’… 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



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