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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


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



The Big Read *

Oct 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Ew, reading is solitary – quick, let’s get the group involved!… Read the rest



Spiked on Eagleton *

Oct 25th, 2003 | Filed by

He is fed up with cultural theory, but not quite fed up enough.… Read the rest



Fanonian Rhetoric on Globalisation *

Oct 24th, 2003 | Filed by

The wretched of the earth like new music and clothes, just as the rich do.… Read the rest



Globalisation Means Americanisation *

Oct 24th, 2003 | Filed by

Sonja Hegasy has fallen for the Enlightenment myth, Mona Abaza says.… Read the rest



Ian Buruma on the Israeli Left *

Oct 24th, 2003 | Filed by

The Left is rich and Ashkenazi, the working class is Sephardic and religious – so the left dwindles.… Read the rest



Vandalism Drives Scientists Out of UK *

Oct 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

Why would sub-Saharan Africa need drought-resistant plants, after all?… Read the rest



New University Subject: Underpaying Labour *

Oct 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

If administrators want to talk of truth and justice, they should talk about low wages for staff, too.… Read the rest



Ma Teresa a Celebrity, Yes, But Not a Saint *

Oct 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

India’s Science and Rationalists’ Association held a demonstration to protest against the beatification… Read the rest



The Pope as an Absolute Monarch *

Oct 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

John Paul II reasserted and even amplified the doctrine of ‘Papal infallibility.’… Read the rest



Human Nature *

Oct 22nd, 2003 | Filed by

‘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



Muslims in India *

Oct 22nd, 2003 | Filed by

M J Akbar: ‘it is a myth that Islamic law is not amenable to re-interpretation.’… Read the rest