Daniel Dennett joins his enthusiasm for Darwinian biology to years of thinking about free will in ‘Freedom Evolves’.… 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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Four New Republic writers on disliking Kelly’s politics while loving his personal qualities.… Read the rest
Slate adds that the hostile voice of Kelly’s column was hard to square with his personality.… Read the rest
Louis Menand says American education is not meritocratic and never has been.… Read the rest
Female genital mutilation, oppression in general, should not be brushed off as someone’s ‘culture’, Iranian teacher in exile says.… Read the rest
Paul Berman, Timothy Garton Ash, David Rieff discuss the Iraq war.… Read the rest
The PBS show ‘Frontline’ offers a wealth of material on the negotiations over Iraq, the UN, diplomacy, pre-emptive war, and Blair’s role.… Read the rest
Report ‘shows that educational success in Britain is more determined by social class than in any other country.’… Read the rest
Adam Swift’s new book argues that educational privilege is incompatible with equality of opportunity.… Read the rest
Wide interest in affirmative action case prompts the Supreme Court to release tape of the hearings.… Read the rest
Rice backs Bush but acknowledges she was a beneficiary of Affirmative Action; Powell disagrees with the President.… Read the rest
National Public Radio offers highlights of arguments on Affirmative Action. Hear Scalia in full sarcastic mode.… Read the rest
One speaker critical of Bush’s foreign policy, one who helped create it.… Read the rest
Harvard profiles the pioneer of sociobiology.… Read the rest
Adam Swift examines some bad moves in the argument over education.… Read the rest
Bierce, Flaubert mentioned, Fashionable Dictionary inexplicably not.… Read the rest
Scholarships and other programs explicitly for minorities are under attack.… Read the rest
US Supreme Court is to hear arguments on racial preferences in university admissions today.… Read the rest
But what makes the journo think he has a right to look at the kitchen when he’s been refused permission? Which is the rude one here?… Read the rest