Helping the bottom of the class is good, but so is fostering talent.… 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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Insurgents say mathematical modelling excludes too much reality from economics.… Read the rest
Wrong drug given, study retracted from journal Science.… Read the rest
If not, why did they change their minds about Ted Honderich’s book?… Read the rest
Richard Bentall differs from Laing because he is a scientist.… Read the rest
‘Cooking food is not natural.’ Neither is living in a house or reading books. So?… Read the rest
Where opinion is sacred while facts have a long leash.… Read the rest
Truth is a construct, therefore who knows, maybe tax cuts for the rich will create jobs.… Read the rest
Postmodernists despise facts as ‘positivist’ but they are a vital weapon, Terry Eagleton says.… Read the rest
Is there a tension between popularisation (and celebrity) and serious research?… Read the rest
Clive James ponders Twain on Cooper, Macdonald on Cozzens, and finds it good.… Read the rest
When political commitments get confused with consumer choices, rhetoric is in play.… Read the rest
‘Science can’t provide all the answers.’ Oh and religion can?… Read the rest
Statistics prove it! No they don’t, say scholars, and the argument is on.… Read the rest
Archaeologist’s worst nightmare – that 2000-year-old carving was done by one Barry Luxton in 1995… Read the rest
They may be a mask for strategies no one wishes to acknowledge.… Read the rest
Wendy Grossman interviews Elizabeth Loftus.… Read the rest