Anne Applebaum considers new books that claim the Germans were also victims in WW II.… Read the rest
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The geologist James Hutton wrote of adaptation and survival late in the 18th century.… Read the rest
‘He was expert in nothing. Therefore nothing was off limits.’… Read the rest
Is the emphasis on stress and counseling in universities teaching students to think learning is too much for them?… Read the rest
David Stanway looks at environmental degradation in China.… Read the rest
‘…even ruthlessly secularized activities can have a religious feel to them.’… Read the rest
The aim was to ‘reduce a text to a kind of fine powder of politico-sexual assumptions.’… Read the rest
Do we spend too much money on them? Should we like them less and people more?… Read the rest
Defining political protest as hate crime, if the protest is against the Vatican.… Read the rest
Review of Susan Haack’s new book.… Read the rest
Yes, but the piece on the diversity essay is hilarious.… Read the rest
Why do US conservatives keep pretending they’re a persecuted minority?… Read the rest
The Observer offers its list of the best 100 novels.… Read the rest
Nobody ever said canon formation was easy. Robert McCrum on The List.… Read the rest
Anger at claim that condoms don’t offer protection against HIV.… Read the rest
Paul Kurtz considers the reasons for the retreat from science and reason in the US.… Read the rest
Bernard-Henri Levy looks at the concurrent rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism.… Read the rest
David Aaronovitch on what footballers and other athletes think of women.… Read the rest
A Tory squire and a Palestinian exile, but both thought academics should reach a broad public.… Read the rest