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.


Joanne Payton on Sati *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Across rural India, it’s easy to find people who revere sati as the ultimate demonstration of womanly honour, devotion and piety. … Read the rest



Research? hmm. Torture? go right ahead. *

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Ben Goldacre asks: Where’s your ethics committee now, science boy?… Read the rest



Canada will not participate in Durban II *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Brad DeLong on books as people *

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‘As long as I think of these as “texts,” they are dry and boring. But there is a key to making them exciting: to remember that they are not texts: they are people–people urgently trying to talk to me, to tell me something very important that they think I desperately need to know.’… Read the rest



Profile of Wangari Maathai *

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She rose to prominence fighting for those most easily marginalised in Africa – poor women. … Read the rest



Newspaper articles on child abuse in Ireland *

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Paddy Doyle has a large collection saved.… 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



James Harkin on The Threat to Reason *

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Enlightenment 2.0 makes for a rather toothless, muddled kind of liberation. … Read the rest



Nebraska 1997: Multiculturalism meets child marriage *

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The use of cultural evidence risks a dangerous balkanization of the criminal law.… Read the rest



Flemming Rose on why he published the cartoons *

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This is a popular trick of totalitarian movements: Label any critique or call for debate as an insult and punish the offenders. … Read the rest



Nahid Toubia fights against FGM *

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‘This is about women and elevating the status of women and making them equal human beings.’… Read the rest



Belief in hell *

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79.7% in Ireland, 74.6% in the US, 58.3% in the UK.… Read the rest



Constitution? What constitution? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Article 37 of Maryland’s constitution provides that “no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God”… Read the rest



Remember Hazlitt *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Michael Foot, A C Grayling, Tom Paulin, Andrew Motion, Ian Mayes at ceremony to do that.… Read the rest



Peter Van Inwagen on Clifford’s Sentence *

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Is It Wrong Everywhere, Always, and for Anyone to Believe Anything on Insufficient Evidence?… Read the rest



18 good ideas *

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Tahir Aslam Gora suggests an outline for the new Islam.… Read the rest



Interview with Mukhtaran Mai *

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In their hearts these people were with us, but they were scared to show this. … 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



Primacy of the UDHR *

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Universal means universal.… Read the rest



The dangers of too much ‘detox’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The evidence supporting the whole ‘hydration industry’ is flawed. … Read the rest