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.


Reserve’s last rhino butchered for her horn *

Aug 16th, 2010 | Filed by

Rhino horn has been used for centuries in “Traditional Chinese Medicine,” though it has no magic properties and is like a fingernail.… Read the rest



Garry Wills on Plato and the Sophists *

Aug 9th, 2010 | Filed by

The Sophists were unique in their time for questioning the superiority of Greeks to barbarians, men to women, free-born to slaves.… Read the rest



The church of the savvy *

Aug 8th, 2010 | Filed by

Since it differs from liberal and conservative ideology and from political thought itself, savviness often eludes recognition as a set of beliefs.… Read the rest



HHI-Oxfam Report on rape in DR Congo [pdf] *

Aug 6th, 2010 | Filed by

The sexual assaults are ruthless, with horrific reports of gang rape, sexual slavery, genital trauma, forced rape between victims and rape in the presence of family members.… Read the rest



DR Congo: haunted by rape *

Aug 6th, 2010 | Filed by

“After they raped me, my husband hated me. He said I was dirty. I gave up my dignity for him, how come he can abandon me this way?”… Read the rest



New Scientist pulls story on creationist code *

Jul 24th, 2010 | Filed by

If somebody complains, out it goes.… Read the rest



How to spot a hidden religious agenda *

Jul 24th, 2010 | Filed by

An article removed from the New Scientist website because they “received a complaint about the contents.”… Read the rest



Sam Harris on Francis Collins and accommodationism *

Jul 21st, 2010 | Filed by

To read The Language of God is to witness nothing less than an intellectual suicide.… Read the rest



Simon Blackburn reviews John Polkinghorne *

Jul 14th, 2010 | Filed by

It is pretty uplifting to be a scientist-theologian, happy with the universe, confident of the ways of the Lord.… Read the rest



Why Bruce Waltke was fired *

Jul 6th, 2010 | Filed by

It was that video at BioLogos…… Read the rest



Neil deGrasse Tyson on the perimeter of ignorance *

Jul 4th, 2010 | Filed by

When scientists feel certain about their explanations, God gets hardly a mention.… Read the rest



BMJ on how cognitive biases affect political judgment *

Jul 1st, 2010 | Filed by

The inclusion of Fox News in cable packages was associated with a shift in voting preferences to the right.… Read the rest



Vatican and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act *

Jun 29th, 2010 | Filed by

Is the Vatican a state or an employer?… Read the rest



Frontline on vaccine alarmism *

Jun 25th, 2010 | Filed by

Bad thinking, pseudoscience, batshit craziness.… Read the rest



Gita Sahgal on AI and Moazzem Begg *

May 18th, 2010 | Filed by

Begg had become a hero of the Amnesty movement. It was dangerous to challenge his status as a perfect victim. … Read the rest



Paul Anderson responds to City University Islamic Society *

May 13th, 2010 | Filed by

All speaker meetings held on university premises should allow participation by all members of the university.… Read the rest



The “pedophile’s paradise” *

May 4th, 2010 | Filed by

Alaska Natives accuse the Catholic church of using their remote villages as “dumping grounds” for child-molesting priests.… Read the rest



FFR v Obama: the ruling *

Apr 30th, 2010 | Filed by

Encouraging all citizens to engage in prayer is an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function.… Read the rest



Teacher Oluwatoyin Oluseesin murdered by students *

Apr 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

She confiscated some books to prevent cheating, and was beaten to death because one was the Koran.… Read the rest



Clay Shirky’s Rant about women *

Apr 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Not enough women have what it takes to behave like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks.… Read the rest