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.


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 *

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



April 2002 HRW report on Gujarat riots *

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We Have No Orders To Save You.… Read the rest



Goldenbridge orphanage *

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She was regularly beaten, left to sleep in her own urine, had her teeth knocked out, was hospitalised after a beating when she tried to break out of the orphanage.… Read the rest



Fauziya Kassindja fled Togo to escape FGM *

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She was to be mutilated at the behest of a man who wanted to make her his fourth wife.… Read the rest



Feynman on the Challenger *

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Appendix F – a must read.… Read the rest



Khadim Hussain on Swat Valley After Emergency in Pakistan *

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The people of the whole valley feel themselves hostage to the firebrand Maulana Fazlullah … 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



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



Clever teenagers don’t have sex *

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Sexual behavior may compete with the time and resources required for other goals.… Read the rest



Flora Terah: beaten and tortured for running for office *

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‘In Kenya, and especially in the Ameru community I belong to, women are not supposed to get leadership positions.’… Read the rest



Michelle Goldberg on the Dover trial *

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Emboldened by their growing political power, religious conservatives are once again storming the barricades of science education. … Read the rest



Religious police prevented schoolgirls from escaping fire *

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Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress; fifteen died.… Read the rest



Syed Soharwardy’s complaint to AHRC *

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against the publishers of Jewish Free Press and the Western Standards for sighting [sic]hate against Muslims… Read the rest



The Cardinal’s concern for children. *

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Documents seen by the BBC suggest the archbishop ignored the advice of doctors and therapists who warned that Hill was likely to re-offend.… Read the rest