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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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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.

Romila Thapar *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

Campaign against historian by the Hindutva brigade.… 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

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

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

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

Ruse Reviews Dawkins *

Oct 29th, 2003 | Filed by

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

Review of Breaking the Spell of Dharma *

Oct 29th, 2003 | Filed by

Siriyavan Anand discusses Meera Nanda’s plea for secularising India.… Read the rest

Crooked Timber on Bad Writing *

Oct 29th, 2003 | Filed by

Intentions are disentangled from results, to amusing effect.… Read the rest

Science for Sale *

Oct 29th, 2003 | Filed by

Are market values compatible with academic values?… Read the rest

Colin McGinn on Harnessing Mental Energy *

Oct 28th, 2003 | Filed by

‘What I liked most about philosophy was its extremely non-local character.’… Read the rest

Oh If Only Chiang Had Won… *

Oct 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Counter-factuals are easy to win, David Stanway points out.… Read the rest

Culture Meets the Market *

Oct 27th, 2003 | Filed by

The Sarastro couldn’t sing the low notes, but could swing on a trapeze.… Read the rest

Silly Ideas About Compensation *

Oct 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Paying executives 532 times as much as the bottom workers is not actually all that useful.… Read the rest

A Credulous People *

Oct 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Only 5% of Americans realize there is no life after death.… Read the rest

What the Mind Does *

Oct 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Consider the link between thinking and inferring.… Read the rest