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Comments on AAA Referendum on El Dorado *

May 26th, 2005 | Filed by

Leslie Sponsel, Daniel Gross, Joe Watkins, Roy D’Andrade, Thomas Gregor, many more.… Read the rest

Anti-Boycott Vote a Stitch-up? *

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Who stitched up whom? What about that curtailed debate?… Read the rest

Academic Freedom not the Property of a Few *

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Wrong to mix science with politics and to limit academic freedom by boycott.… Read the rest

AUT Rejects Boycott *

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Boycott opponents called debate curtailed and accusations unfair. … Read the rest

Sadism and Terror: the History of the Shoelace *

May 26th, 2005 | Filed by

On a Foucauldian creative misreading of barbed wire.… Read the rest

Minister for Equal Opportunities is Disquieted *

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‘Are we really reaching the stage where Ms Fallaci’s ideas are to be considered illegal?’… Read the rest

Italian Law Prohibits ‘Outrage to Religion’ *

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‘Some of the things she said are offensive to Islam’ so she has to stand trial.… Read the rest

Oriana Fallaci Sued for ‘Insulting’ Islam *

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Judge allowed charges; book has expressions ‘unequivocally offensive to Islam.’ … Read the rest

Separation of god & science

May 26th, 2005 | By Azar Majedi and Bahram Soroush

In January 2005 David Bell, a School Inspector, delivered a speech which was published in The Guardian about the rise in the number of religious schools in the UK. His comments have raised opposition by the Institute of Islamic Organisations in the UK. This interview aired on TV International. Bahram Soroush hosted the programme whilst Maryam Namazie was away.

Bahram Soroush: You may have heard statements by David Bell and also the response by the Institute of Islamic Organisations in the UK. They have said he is picking on Islamic schools. Do you think this is discrimination?

Azar Majedi: No I don’t. Actually my position is to ban all religious schools. I think education must be separate from religion and … Read the rest

My Baby Done Gone, 2005 Edition

May 25th, 2005 10:54 pm | By

So here we are again. Where? Here. Where we were a little more than a year ago. In the land of post-partum depression or separation anxiety or what do you think this is, a hotel?. In short, we’ve finished another book. Your well-meaning if surly and inelegant hosts have written another book, which includes the process of finishing writing another book. We have put words down on screen, one after another, patiently piling Pelion on Ossa, except on those days when we opted to pile Ossa on Pelion; one after another, I tell you, until after awhile, after a week or two or three, we had a whole paragraph. Then hey! no sooner had we caught our breath than … Read the rest

Darkness as Far as the Eye Can See

May 25th, 2005 8:16 pm | By

Are you all familiar with the Darkness at El Dorado affair? Remember that? The book that exposed a putative scandal in the world of anthropology? Except the putative scandal was – well, let us say it was not well-supported by the evidence. But we all know how that goes. The ‘exposure’ of the ‘scandal’ is front-page news and a best-seller, while the later exposure of the fact that the ‘scandal’ was something more in the nature of a good old mud-throwing exercise is confined to academic journals where most people never hear of it. So that in fact the people who set off the whole mess to a considerable extent got what they wanted. In short, a miscarriage of justice.… Read the rest

Mark Your Calendars for Mega Conference *

May 25th, 2005 | Filed by

‘World’s greatest minds’ to meet in Lynchburg for creationist jamboree.… Read the rest

Evolution Based not on Science but Ideology *

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Creationists are scientists and biologists peddle fairytales.… Read the rest

Why Lee Smith’s Doorman Ate His Homework *

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Dangerous to invest artifacts with too much metaphysical significance.… Read the rest

Enough With the Moist and Sympathetic Treatment *

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Western cringe in face of intolerance of others best corrected by serious Muslims.… Read the rest

Anthropology and the Enemy Within *

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What’s wrong with AAA report? A riptide of political righteousness.… Read the rest

Hitchens on That Johns Hopkins Guide *

May 24th, 2005 | Filed by

No Orwell or Ayer or Gellner. Well of course not.… Read the rest

Darkness at American Anthropological Association *

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Was AAA report on allegations against Neel and Chagnon unfair?… Read the rest

John Banville Reviews Simon Blackburn on Truth *

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Less a guide for the perplexed than a guided tour through philosophical perplexities. … Read the rest

Dawkins’ ‘Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant’ *

May 24th, 2005 | Filed by

Attacks creationists’ lack of logic and ‘deceitful misquoting.’ [pdf]… Read the rest