Showing self-awareness seen before only in humans, great apes and bottlenose dolphins.… Read the rest
Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.
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The phony charges against him were revived by a notorious Islamist judge; his trial is next month.… Read the rest
Some observers question the intellectual merit of the brand of literary criticism Dabashi practices.… Read the rest
Perceptive recognition of excess respect for religious beliefs, regardless of content.… Read the rest
Hint: ‘the banality of evil’ is not all.… Read the rest
Educated Delhi Muslims rejected the west and the gentle Sufi traditions of late Mughal emperors.… Read the rest
Faith-based war, law enforcement, education, medicine, and science. … Read the rest
Publishers eager to replicate success of Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian.… Read the rest
‘Let’s stop describing these tax-funded establishments as faith schools. They are superstition schools.’… Read the rest
High unemployment, discrimination, youth alienation from mainstream society cited.… Read the rest
Schoolgirls and religious clothing an issue in Durban, too.… Read the rest
Fellow bishops not pleased with ‘rogue bishop.’… Read the rest
Ben Goldacre notes a well documented piece of flawed reasoning known as ‘prosecutor’s fallacy.’… Read the rest
‘It’s very important to these people that they still have their oppositionalist credentials. I think it’s narcissistic.’… Read the rest
Women’s rights groups in Nicaragua plan to file an injunction to stop a new law banning all abortions.… Read the rest
Nicaragua votes in new abortion ban, even in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.… Read the rest
‘[L]et them smoke hashish. It’s a free country, it’s none of our business. But it is our right to tell our women.’… Read the rest
He doesn’t quite get it though.… Read the rest
‘We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.’ But waterboarding is fine.… Read the rest