Oxford prof suspended for rejecting Israeli student on the grounds of his nationality.… 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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Take-up of MMR jab remains low despite ‘unequivocal evidence’ that it is not a risk factor for autism.… Read the rest
Apparently it’s not true that they are really depressed.… Read the rest
Scientists furious that UK government allowed the GM crops debate to be hijacked by the antis.… Read the rest
Philip Stott publishes the full letter from scientists on bad media coverage of the GM debate.… Read the rest
Are multiculturalism and cultural identity really such brilliant ideas?… Read the rest
Nanda is ‘particularly astute in demonstrating the reactionary consequences of anti-science relativism for the peoples of the Third World.’… Read the rest
We’re not just Western or Hindu or Muslim.… Read the rest
Damage to the brain can cause some odd experiences of self, a neurologist explains.… Read the rest
And asks some rather odd questions in the process.… Read the rest
Siriyavan Anand discusses Meera Nanda’s plea for secularising India.… Read the rest
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