NYU media critic, author of Amusing Ourselves to Death and other influential books.… 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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John Sutherland recommends Coetzee, Roth and Prose novels for understanding of sexual harrassment.… Read the rest
No agriculture is ‘natural’ but without it we’ll all starve to death, remember?… Read the rest
Crooked Timber discusses evidence for and against global warming, and how hard it is to know the difference.… Read the rest
‘If postmodernism is indeed dead…Sokal and Bricmont have surely been instrumental in hastening the death-throes.’… Read the rest
‘While Eagleton has always shouted his heresies, Frank Kermode has whispered his doubts.’… Read the rest
Creeping Talibanization apparent even in the universities.… Read the rest
Oh no, it’s gone! Well what a relief.… Read the rest
Clever old Congress, firing those pesky scientists. Err – ooops.… Read the rest
Retail skepticism makes sense but wholesale does not.… Read the rest
Criticism has gone bonkers in the forty years between ‘The Pooh Perplex’ and ‘Postmodern Pooh.’… Read the rest
For publishing a speculative article about the contents of scientific papers before publication.… Read the rest
‘It is precisely such spin and partial reporting that is undermining the role of science in society.’… Read the rest
Newspapers are supposed to report, not speculate.… Read the rest
What happens to the brain and to consciousness after trauma?… Read the rest
Entrenched positions prevent both sides from evaluating arguments on the merits.… Read the rest
Critical Mass is hearing from people.… Read the rest
Two out of three GM strains ‘should not be grown’.… Read the rest
Touchy-feely blather not the best way to relax after a hard day?… Read the rest