Siriyavan Anand discusses Meera Nanda’s plea for secularising India.… Read the rest
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Intentions are disentangled from results, to amusing effect.… Read the rest
Are market values compatible with academic values?… Read the rest
‘What I liked most about philosophy was its extremely non-local character.’… Read the rest
Counter-factuals are easy to win, David Stanway points out.… Read the rest
The Sarastro couldn’t sing the low notes, but could swing on a trapeze.… Read the rest
Paying executives 532 times as much as the bottom workers is not actually all that useful.… Read the rest
Only 5% of Americans realize there is no life after death.… Read the rest
Consider the link between thinking and inferring.… Read the rest
Ew, reading is solitary – quick, let’s get the group involved!… Read the rest
He is fed up with cultural theory, but not quite fed up enough.… Read the rest
The wretched of the earth like new music and clothes, just as the rich do.… Read the rest
Sonja Hegasy has fallen for the Enlightenment myth, Mona Abaza says.… Read the rest
The Left is rich and Ashkenazi, the working class is Sephardic and religious – so the left dwindles.… Read the rest
Why would sub-Saharan Africa need drought-resistant plants, after all?… Read the rest
If administrators want to talk of truth and justice, they should talk about low wages for staff, too.… Read the rest
India’s Science and Rationalists’ Association held a demonstration to protest against the beatification… Read the rest
John Paul II reasserted and even amplified the doctrine of ‘Papal infallibility.’… Read the rest
‘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