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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Neil Postman Obituary *

Oct 8th, 2003 | Filed by

NYU media critic, author of Amusing Ourselves to Death and other influential books.… Read the rest



A Carla Sandwich and Disgrace *

Oct 8th, 2003 | Filed by

John Sutherland recommends Coetzee, Roth and Prose novels for understanding of sexual harrassment.… Read the rest



Toxins in Organic Maize *

Oct 7th, 2003 | Filed by

No agriculture is ‘natural’ but without it we’ll all starve to death, remember?… Read the rest



How to Evaluate Evidence *

Oct 7th, 2003 | Filed by

Crooked Timber discusses evidence for and against global warming, and how hard it is to know the difference.… Read the rest



Critical Realism Replacing Postmodernism? *

Oct 7th, 2003 | Filed by

‘If postmodernism is indeed dead…Sokal and Bricmont have surely been instrumental in hastening the death-throes.’… Read the rest



Eagleton and Kermode *

Oct 7th, 2003 | Filed by

‘While Eagleton has always shouted his heresies, Frank Kermode has whispered his doubts.’… Read the rest



Fundamentalism in Pakistan *

Oct 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Creeping Talibanization apparent even in the universities.… Read the rest



Femininity, Phooey *

Oct 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Oh no, it’s gone! Well what a relief.… Read the rest



You Mean Knowledge Can Be Useful? *

Oct 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Clever old Congress, firing those pesky scientists. Err – ooops.… Read the rest



Rorty on Davidson *

Oct 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Retail skepticism makes sense but wholesale does not.… Read the rest



It’s All So Much Funnier Now *

Oct 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Criticism has gone bonkers in the forty years between ‘The Pooh Perplex’ and ‘Postmodern Pooh.’… Read the rest



More Philip Stott *

Oct 4th, 2003 | Filed by

Newspapers are supposed to report, not speculate.… Read the rest



Royal Society Rebukes Guardian *

Oct 4th, 2003 | Filed by

For publishing a speculative article about the contents of scientific papers before publication.… Read the rest



Philip Stott Tears a Strip Off Guardian *

Oct 4th, 2003 | Filed by

‘It is precisely such spin and partial reporting that is undermining the role of science in society.’… Read the rest



What’s Going On In There? *

Oct 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

What happens to the brain and to consciousness after trauma?… Read the rest



Environmental Propaganda Wars *

Oct 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

Entrenched positions prevent both sides from evaluating arguments on the merits.… Read the rest



More on Academic Conformity *

Oct 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

Critical Mass is hearing from people.… Read the rest



Are GM Fears Justified? *

Oct 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

Two out of three GM strains ‘should not be grown’.… Read the rest



We’re Close Enough, Dammit! *

Oct 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

Touchy-feely blather not the best way to relax after a hard day?… Read the rest



Remembering Said *

Oct 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

A polemicist and literary warrior in the tradition of Swift.… Read the rest