Especially at a time when ‘some theoreticians batter away at the universal truth claims of science.’… Read the rest
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Steven Goldberg calls for honest inquiry but doesn’t always offer enough evidence himself.… Read the rest
Enlightenment thinkers were a minority, it was the orthodox who fought them who had the power.… Read the rest
Authentic is sometimes a euphemism for labour-intensive or expensive.… Read the rest
Alexandra Stein on the appeal and danger of cults.… Read the rest
And his campaign against the Norwegian reporter who revealed how women are treated in Afghanistan.… Read the rest
Even middle-class men treat women appallingly in Afghanistan.… Read the rest
Long, searching discussion of both his life and his work.… Read the rest
If the US and UK hadn’t removed Mossadegh in 1953, things might have gone better…… Read the rest
What would the consequences of the Academic Bill of Rights really be?… Read the rest
Publishers of specialist scientific journals are shutting out the public.… Read the rest
‘Postmodernists oppose universality, and well they might: nothing is more parochial than the kind of human being they admire.’… Read the rest
Le Monde editor suggests middle ground.… Read the rest
Stuffing artefacts in sacks, bayonetting, and other tricks of the trade.… Read the rest
Tolerance is good, but so is self-improvement.… Read the rest
‘Suddenly, “academic freedom” starts to sound like an encroachment on the freedoms of the faculty.’… Read the rest
Do the MOBOs celebrate artists with an anti-gay agenda?… Read the rest
And ‘the sound made by a research programme when it hits’ – Cambridge.… Read the rest