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.


Postmodernism and Fabrication of History *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘Historians are always making up figures,’ said Lyndall Ryan. Oh really?… Read the rest



Charles Murray is Deeply in Love With Sarah Palin *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The last thing we need are more pointy-headed intellectuals running the government.… Read the rest



Aids Denialists [pdf] *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

AIDS denial plays a corrosive role in the health policies of many countries, but nowhere has the damage been as extreme or as enduring as in South Africa.… Read the rest



Dabashi interview *

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Very nasty stuff… Read the rest



Inca children were fattened-up before sacrifice *

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The Inca were imperialists too, and the treatment of such peasant children may have served to instil fear and facilitate social control over remote mountain areas.… Read the rest



The ‘Faith Community Liaison Group’ *

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A ministerial working group in the Home Office charged with injecting religious ideas ‘across Whitehall’. … Read the rest



Flemming Rose on the cartoons *

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Does a religion have the right to impose its religious taboos onto the public domain?… Read the rest



Religious Schools: the Case Against *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Extracts from Humanist Philosophers’ Group pamphlet.… Read the rest



Muslim students file rights complaint against Maclean’s *

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Faisal Joseph, a lawyer from the Canadian Islamic Congress who is representing the four students, argued that journalists can’t write just anything.… Read the rest



Massimo Puglicci reads Stanley Fish on atheism *

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Another demonstration that atheism is simply not permissible.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt talks to Der Spiegel *

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Feminism created a new normal. … Read the rest



AIDS Denial is Pseudoscience *

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The scientific evidence is overwhelming and has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, the way science is supposed to be done. … Read the rest



AI asks bloggers to support free speech *

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Human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals.… Read the rest



Natalie Angier on the matriarchal myth. *

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Despite evidence that contradicts the story of a prelapsarian gynecocracy, and a glaring lack of evidence to support it, many people continue to subscribe to it. … Read the rest



Norm Geras on Minimum Utopia *

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A world cured of its worst remediable deprivations and horrors is worth aiming for.… Read the rest



Southern Baptist Seminary Offers ‘Homemaking’ Degree for Women *

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‘We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God’s word for the home and the family,’ seminary president said.… Read the rest



The Ethics of Belief *

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A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship.… Read the rest



Canada will not participate in Durban II *

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Durban I degenerated into open expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism that undermined the very goals the conference sought to achieve.… Read the rest



Pigliucci on Fish on atheism *

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He has to reduce science to just another faith in order to salvage the “reasonableness” of religious belief.… Read the rest



‘Honour’ killing rewarded with prize of 3 girls *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Guy kills wife, gets 3 underage girls in ‘compensation.’… Read the rest