Postmodernists despise facts as ‘positivist’ but they are a vital weapon, Terry Eagleton says.… 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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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
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
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
Wendy Grossman interviews Elizabeth Loftus.… 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
Does the adoption of the human rights programme means Westernisation?… Read the rest
‘There is no book worth reading that is not somehow partial to something.’… Read the rest
Occasional violence and routine swearing and rudeness – is it any wonder teachers don’t stay?… Read the rest
Rational choice theory versus behaviouralists, prospect theory, the endowment effect; economics is not a placid field.… Read the rest
Relativity, quantum mechanics, chaos theory have not made Newton passé. … Read the rest
‘Scientifically Creationism is worthless, philosophically it is confused, and theologically it is blinkered beyond repair.’… Read the rest
Fox News loves to tease the left: ‘fair and balanced, hahahaha!’… Read the rest