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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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Human Remains Working Group Set to Report *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Australian Aborigines welcome plan to set up bones repatriation panel.… Read the rest

Compulsory Parenthood *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

‘…this does nothing but denigrate women by reducing them to their biological function.’… Read the rest

Is it Protest or Trespass? *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

‘I was protecting the environment’ is not a defence, high court rules.… Read the rest

Department of Jumping to Conclusions *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

White guys at university binge-drink because they’re so ashamed of not being diverse, right?… Read the rest

Dictionary of Life Has Two Billion Entries *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

The first letter is G, the two billionth is T.… Read the rest

‘Philosophers Have Beards’ – Really? All of Them? *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

TV could be an excellent medium for popularizing philosophy, but if it always has to be visually entrancing, well…… Read the rest

Adam Swift Defends Diane Abbott *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

How political principles and personal choices fit together matters.… Read the rest

Royals are Cross at Their Runaway Slave *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

What it’s like to work for people who can’t fasten their own seat belts or recognize servants as human.… Read the rest

MMR Debate Turns Nasty *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

They were once colleagues. Now they’re bickering.… Read the rest

Romila Thapar *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

Campaign against historian by the Hindutva brigade.… Read the rest

No Level Playing Field For GM Crops Debate *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Scientists furious that UK government allowed the GM crops debate to be hijacked by the antis.… Read the rest

Open Letter to HM Government *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Philip Stott publishes the full letter from scientists on bad media coverage of the GM debate.… Read the rest

Academic Boycott of Israel – Part 2 *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Oxford prof suspended for rejecting Israeli student on the grounds of his nationality.… Read the rest

Neurotic Brits Risk Measles Epidemic *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Take-up of MMR jab remains low despite ‘unequivocal evidence’ that it is not a risk factor for autism.… Read the rest

Lemmings Not Lemmings At All *

Oct 31st, 2003 | Filed by

Apparently it’s not true that they are really depressed.… Read the rest

Kenan Malik on Diversity *

Oct 30th, 2003 | Filed by

Are multiculturalism and cultural identity really such brilliant ideas?… Read the rest

Kenan Malik Reads Meera Nanda *

Oct 30th, 2003 | Filed by

Nanda is ‘particularly astute in demonstrating the reactionary consequences of anti-science relativism for the peoples of the Third World.’… Read the rest

Amartya Sen on Being More Than One Thing *

Oct 30th, 2003 | Filed by

We’re not just Western or Hindu or Muslim.… Read the rest

Where in the Brain is the Self? *

Oct 30th, 2003 | Filed by

Damage to the brain can cause some odd experiences of self, a neurologist explains.… Read the rest

Ruse Reviews Dawkins *

Oct 29th, 2003 | Filed by

And asks some rather odd questions in the process.… Read the rest