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Talking to Rushdie *

Aug 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

What happened with The Satanic Verses was a kind of prologue, now we’re in the main event.… Read the rest

Carl Zimmer on the Scientific Output of ID *

Aug 22nd, 2005 | Filed by

That long list of peer-reviewed articles and citations – it must be around somewhere…… Read the rest

Peering into the Gap

Aug 22nd, 2005 2:24 am | By

I’m reading Chris Mooney’s new book The Republican War on Science. It’s pretty enthralling. Infuriating too, of course, but mostly enthralling. It’s so…so B&W. Consider this item from B&W’s ‘About’ page, the last in a list of what B&W was set up to oppose: ‘Those disciplines or schools of thought whose truth claims are prompted by the political, ideological and moral commitments of their adherents, and the general tendency to judge the veracity of claims about the world in terms of such commitments.’ Now consider this item from the book: ‘At a time when more political choices than ever before hinge upon the scientific and technical competence of our elected leaders, the disregard for scientific consensus and expertise – … Read the rest

The Wrong Socks

Aug 21st, 2005 11:13 pm | By

More discussion of multiculturalism:

Multiculturalism has encouraged the politicisation of identity in ethnic or religious terms…[T]he children of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent or the Middle East have little option but to adopt the label of Muslim, which is thrust upon them by British society as much as by their own parents. If young Muslim women have embraced the hijab as a badge of identity in a way their mothers never did, as a public political symbol, this is more a result of the demands of British multiculturalism than a spontaneous assertion of allegiance.

Thrust upon them by the British media as well as by British society. The default assumption seems to be that if you look as if … Read the rest

A Founder of MCB Says It Is in Denial *

Aug 21st, 2005 | Filed by

‘The MCB is seen [by whom?] as representing mainstream Muslim opinion in the UK.’… Read the rest

Letters on Observer Article on MCB *

Aug 21st, 2005 | Filed by

‘Thank god that someone has finally seen through the PR machine of the MCB.’… Read the rest

MCB Accuses BBC of Witch Hunt *

Aug 21st, 2005 | Filed by

BBC says MCB put pressure on Panorama interviewees to withdraw from program.… Read the rest

The Puking Young Woman of the Continent *

Aug 21st, 2005 | Filed by

Modern mindset demands quick fixes and is unwilling to defer gratification.… Read the rest

Not Sucking but Yawning *

Aug 21st, 2005 | Filed by

How hard the brain sucks depends in part on what you are trying to push into it. … Read the rest

The Price of Multiculturalism *

Aug 20th, 2005 | Filed by

It has encouraged the politicisation of identity in ethnic or religious terms.… Read the rest

Woolly Discussion of Multiculturalism *

Aug 20th, 2005 | Filed by

Failure to define terms leaves all in confusion.… Read the rest

Philosophers to Consider Movies at Seminar *

Aug 20th, 2005 | Filed by

Hoping application of philosophy to popular medium can make it more accessible. … Read the rest

Like Lana Turner Discovered at Soda Fountain *

Aug 20th, 2005 | Filed by

Danto could do something as art critic he could not do as philosopher, namely philosophize.… Read the rest

They Don’t Get Out Much, You See

Aug 20th, 2005 2:18 am | By

North West Frontier Province – what a fun place that must be.

Hundreds of thousands of women in various NWFP union councils (UCs) will be stopped from voting in the upcoming local council elections despite pressure by the Election Commission and government on jirgas to allow women to participate in the polls, Geo news channel reported on Tuesday. Tribal elder Haji Rahat Hussain said agreements to bar women from contesting and voting in the local council elections were signed by male candidates including nazims and naib nazims with a view to maintain law and order, the channel reported. “Traditionally, our women have always stayed away from elections and they are not even ready to step out of their homes,” he

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Eternal Recurrence

Aug 19th, 2005 8:53 pm | By

Not again.

Atheism, like religion, is an act of faith: evidence for the existence of God may be entirely anecdotal, but evidence for His absence is even more tenuous.

Oy, oy, oy – will that stupid trope never die? It ought to – it is so lame. Yeah right, atheism is an act of faith, and not collecting stamps is a hobby, and not playing squash is a sport, and not eating lentils is vegetarianism, and not taking a train is travel.

I don’t know if you listed to that Radio One series of philosophical chats, but one of the funnier moments was on the last one, when a Christian philosopher – a philosopher who is also a … Read the rest

Women Barred in Order to Maintain Law and Order *

Aug 19th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Traditionally, our women have always stayed away from elections and they are not even ready to step out of their homes.’… Read the rest

Challenge to Jurgas’ Decision on Women Voting *

Aug 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Jirga unanimously decided not to allow women voters to come to polling stations. … Read the rest

Women Barred From Voting in NWFP *

Aug 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Senior Minister doesn’t know why media is so senstive about this issue.… Read the rest

Meet Some Scientists *

Aug 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Martin Rees, Freeman Dyson, Francis Crick, E O Wilson, and more.… Read the rest

Normblog Profile Hits Century Mark *

Aug 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Revisit some high spots.… Read the rest