The serpent stands for rationalist mischief, says godbothering ethicist Leon Kass.… Read the rest
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Christopher Hitchens’ loving tribute to a comedian whose only fault was total absence of humour.… Read the rest
Shocking, cruel language, not open to argument – the Catholic church is being another Soapy Sam.… Read the rest
The Telegraph doesn’t mention any other MPs who like the Vatican’s statement on marriage.… Read the rest
How odd – his book came out 25 years ago, and yet people still aren’t obeying it.… Read the rest
Calgary bishop declares Chrétien’s eternal salvation is in jeopardy.… Read the rest
‘To doubt claims that are not backed by evidence…seems only reasonable.’… Read the rest
Homosexual marriage not analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family. Oh.… Read the rest
Students prefer prettier professors, and may learn more from them.… Read the rest
Study suggests how to increase memory without also increasing corresponding false memories.… Read the rest
How we miss him! Wendy Kaminer reviews a book on Mencken and religion.… Read the rest
When they tell a pack about him, John Lloyd discovers how unbothered they are about it.… Read the rest
H. Allen Orr is pleased to find that Matt Ridley does have something new to say about the subject.… Read the rest
Science is not a matter of opinion, John Gribbin says.… Read the rest
Adair Turner says John Gray’s pessimism is overstated and his economics all wrong.… Read the rest
The real risks of not immunising children outweigh worries based on bad evidence.… Read the rest
Fully trained after watching ER?… Read the rest
Do neglectful parents use ADD diagnoses to excuse their children’s bad behaviour?… Read the rest
Improved diagnosis rather than increased incidence, post hoc versus propter hoc, media influencing beliefs – the usual.… Read the rest