John Paul II reasserted and even amplified the doctrine of ‘Papal infallibility.’… 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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‘Pinker and Wilson do a much more impressive job with the humanities than any humanist I know has been able to do with the sciences.’… Read the rest
M J Akbar: ‘it is a myth that Islamic law is not amenable to re-interpretation.’… Read the rest
Good to know – there’s nonsense in Norway, too.… Read the rest
A set of pretty good essays about Buffy the Vampire-Slayer – but not about philosophy.… Read the rest
Richard Wolin has suspicions about Ted Honderich’s acuity.… Read the rest
Therapeutic practices should be founded on research.… Read the rest
Christopher Hitchens is not a fan of ‘Mother’ Teresa.… Read the rest
Organically grown milk found to have more toxins than GM milk has.… Read the rest
‘…people often use rights talk to avoid justifying their position. It reverses the burden of proof.’… Read the rest
‘…a teeming mass of abysmal sentences, yearning to be coherent.’… Read the rest
From 1999, but relevant to ‘not bad, only difficult’ writing.… Read the rest
Iraqi exiles are out of touch with Ba’athist dictatorship and in touch with democracy – and this is a bad thing?… Read the rest
Andrew Motion reviews Jonathan Bate’s ample and judicious biography of John Clare. … Read the rest
All farming techniques have environmental benefits and drawbacks.… Read the rest
Climate change has always happened, and the causes are not easy to figure out.… Read the rest
The crowd in Ayodhya was much smaller than expected this time.… Read the rest
Are we all fragile, powerless victims in need of continual professional support?… Read the rest
‘his liberal-democratic sympathies made him eschew obscurity, seeking a style that could be grasped by anyone who was willing to face the issues along with him.’… Read the rest