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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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It’s not the parents *

Sep 25th, 2002 | Filed by

Steven Pinker says parents have less influence than they think, while peers have more.… Read the rest



Truth-skeptics make truth-claims *

Sep 24th, 2002 | Filed by

Bernard Williams points out that Nietzsche did not settle for ironic chat or a smug nod at deconstruction-work, and nor should we.… Read the rest



Deconstructing cant *

Sep 23rd, 2002 | Filed by

Twist and turn, avoid details, oversimplify: such postmodern tricks tarnish the integrity of the left.… Read the rest



But what is the evidence? *

Sep 22nd, 2002 | Filed by

Difference feminism as separate education for schoolgirls relies on few and narrow studies, Margaret Talbot says.… Read the rest



Brakes off or on? *

Sep 22nd, 2002 | Filed by

Simon Blackburn on the meaninglessness of exhortations to tolerate all points of view.… Read the rest



Trickster deity preferred to Darwin *

Sep 21st, 2002 | Filed by

Philip Gosse explained the fossil evidence as God’s little joke.… Read the rest



Is there no justice? *

Sep 19th, 2002 | Filed by

Outraged father wonders who decided that parents should help children with homework. Surely that’s someone else’s duty.… Read the rest



Grade deflation not a good idea either *

Sep 18th, 2002 | Filed by

Exams board chief intervened to mark down bright students by way of making A level scores strike a ‘balance’.… Read the rest



Gas on inner men and their dilemmas *

Sep 17th, 2002 | Filed by

Geneticist Steve Jones predicts redundancy for men, and is aghast at popularity of ‘masculinity industry’ in American universities.… Read the rest



Only an interventionist designer will do *

Sep 17th, 2002 | Filed by

Another entry for the Intelligent Design shelf. No Free Lunch claims that complexity requires intelligence, but reviewer is not persuaded.… Read the rest



Three cheers for Balkanization *

Sep 16th, 2002 | Filed by

Home secretary David Blunkett is under attack for saying English is a useful language in the UK.… Read the rest



Politics and science must be disentangled *

Sep 16th, 2002 | Filed by

Steven Pinker chides critics of Wilson and Dawkins for ’25 years of pointless attacks’… Read the rest



Time to sweep up Angela’s ashes *

Sep 15th, 2002 | Filed by

Oxford historian Roy Foster takes on tearful or nostalgic myths of Ireland’s past.… Read the rest



‘I prefer unification to reduction’ *

Sep 14th, 2002 | Filed by

Steven Pinker talks to the New York Times about worries over equality and free will that influence our views of the mind.… Read the rest



Astronaut thumps moon landing doubter *

Sep 14th, 2002 | Filed by

Would faking a moon landing be more difficult than actually doing one? Probably, but the myth lives on.… Read the rest



Disturbances in the field *

Sep 13th, 2002 | Filed by

In a frivolous-Friday mood, The Guardian offers links to both credulous and skeptical material on crop circles.… Read the rest



Suspicion fills the gap *

Sep 12th, 2002 | Filed by

The new president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science says the gap between scientists and the public leads to a widespread distrust of rational inquiry.… Read the rest



Education does not rule out credulity *

Sep 12th, 2002 | Filed by

Michael Shermer in Scientific American says the siren song of pseudoscience can be too alluring to resist.… Read the rest



Teaching is not propaganda *

Sep 11th, 2002 | Filed by

Education professor propounds eccentric notion that teachers may know more than students.… Read the rest



End the excuses *

Sep 10th, 2002 | Filed by

Ian Buruma argues that it is time that people stopped hiding behind a sloppy relativism as a way to excuse the inexcusable.… Read the rest