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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.

Yale Meets the Union *

Sep 11th, 2003 | Filed by

Student awakened by chanting at 8 a.m. – it’s an outrage!… Read the rest

Harsh Book Reviews, Again *

Sep 11th, 2003 | Filed by

But if the book is bad, what is the reviewer supposed to say?… Read the rest

Martha Nussbaum on Genocide in Gujarat *

Sep 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Myth-making and falsification of history play a large part in Hindu nationalism and its terrors.… Read the rest

Reburying Remains a Great Idea? *

Sep 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Forget rights and better living condtions, here are some bones.… Read the rest

Did Habermas and Suhrkamp Skim? *

Sep 9th, 2003 | Filed by

If not, why did they change their minds about Ted Honderich’s book?… Read the rest

Advanced Math? Wozzat? *

Sep 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Helping the bottom of the class is good, but so is fostering talent.… Read the rest

‘Autistic’ Economics? *

Sep 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Insurgents say mathematical modelling excludes too much reality from economics.… Read the rest

Embarrassing Mistake in ‘Ecstasy’ Research *

Sep 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Wrong drug given, study retracted from journal Science.… Read the rest

Our Birthday *

Sep 9th, 2003 | Filed by

It’s been a year now.… Read the rest

Psychiatry No Better Than Astrology? *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Richard Bentall differs from Laing because he is a scientist.… Read the rest

Orthorexia Nervosa? *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Cooking food is not natural.’ Neither is living in a house or reading books. So?… Read the rest

A Scientist in Arts Faculty Territory *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Where opinion is sacred while facts have a long leash.… Read the rest

Postmodernists in the Bush Administration *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Truth is a construct, therefore who knows, maybe tax cuts for the rich will create jobs.… Read the rest

Radical Islam is Not Modern but Modernist *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Postmodernists despise facts as ‘positivist’ but they are a vital weapon, Terry Eagleton says.… Read the rest

Susan Greenfield Interview *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Is there a tension between popularisation (and celebrity) and serious research?… Read the rest

Putting the Boot In *

Sep 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Clive James ponders Twain on Cooper, Macdonald on Cozzens, and finds it good.… Read the rest

The Quiche Party *

Sep 7th, 2003 | Filed by

When political commitments get confused with consumer choices, rhetoric is in play.… Read the rest

Non sequiturs *

Sep 6th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Science can’t provide all the answers.’ Oh and religion can?… Read the rest

Molière was Really Corneille? *

Sep 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Statistics prove it! No they don’t, say scholars, and the argument is on.… Read the rest

The Myth of Repressed Memory *

Sep 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Wendy Grossman interviews Elizabeth Loftus.… Read the rest