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Daniel Boorstin *

Feb 29th, 2004 | Filed by

The Washington Post obituary.… Read the rest

Is the French Government Anti-Intelligence? *

Feb 29th, 2004 | Filed by

French intellectuals have signed a petition to that effect.… Read the rest

US Trade Embargo Extended to Research *

Feb 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Treasury Department warns against publishing scientific research from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Cuba.… Read the rest

The Hubble Telescope is Doomed *

Feb 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Bush administration has redirected NASA resources to Mars and moon trips.… Read the rest

Prince Charles Makes Fool of Himself – Again *

Feb 28th, 2004 | Filed by

More “alternative” treatments should be available on the NHS.… Read the rest

A Defense of Whig History

Feb 28th, 2004 | By Christopher Orlet

Not long ago the television show Biography aired a documentary on the life of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Midway through the film came the obligatory two minutes concerning Ford’s anti-Semitic rantings, his Nazi medal, and his anti-Jewish newspaper The Dearborn Independent. When it came time to put Ford’s anti-Semitism into perspective, the film-makers explained that Ford’s views were part and parcel of growing up on a Reconstruction-era farm in southeast Michigan, and as such the great man was no different than anyone else of his time and place. The film-makers didn’t go into the reasons why the good folks of southeast Michigan should be naturally anti-Semitic. There were after all no Jews to speak of in … Read the rest

Another Bad Defense

Feb 27th, 2004 11:27 pm | By

We’ll get back to the religious discussion (and anyway it’s continuing in a lively manner in the comments), but other things come up in the meantime. This item may seem like just a bit of self-advertising, but it isn’t really. I hadn’t even seen it until today, and didn’t know about it, so I feel I came by it honestly. That is to say, I would have linked to it anyway, even if it had not been by someone who writes a column for B&W; I would have linked to it if I’d never heard of Julian. I would have done a Note and Comment as well, because he mentions some ideas I’ve been scratching away at lately, and others … Read the rest

MMR Parents Denied Legal Aid *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

No evidence to justify a legal case against MMR manufacturers.… Read the rest

Julian Baggini ‘Not Extreme Enough’ *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Race and culture are not inseparable, and simplification doesn’t help.… Read the rest

The Future of Multiculturalism *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Guardian readers react to David Goodhart’s essay on diversity versus solidarity.… Read the rest

Solidarity Can Conflict With Diversity *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

The left’s love affair with diversity may come at the expense of the values it once championed. … Read the rest

Simple-minded but Nonetheless Bigoted *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Christopher Hitchens detests Gibson’s movie with a passion.… Read the rest

Beagle found? *

Feb 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Not some random lost dog, but Darwin’s ship.… Read the rest

Not Only Where but Also What

Feb 26th, 2004 7:08 pm | By

Funny, it didn’t even seem like that much of a storm. I went out for a walk in it, thinking it was just a common or garden variety storm. I didn’t turn back after five minutes because I was drenched, so it can’t have been raining all that hard! It was certainly raining sideways, thanks to the wind, but I have been in many harder rains. I was wet when I got back but not soaked. And yet there were floods. And then awhile later there was more wind, and then there was a sudden unpleasant absence of electricity, which lasted more than seven hours. Nature can be so obstructive.

I was going to say something about meaning (and what … Read the rest

A Counter-cultural Antiques Roadshow *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Review of Curtis White’s The Middle Mind deplores ‘torn-jeans prose.’… Read the rest

What is the Connection Between Religion and War? *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

‘In great contests, each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God.’… Read the rest

First UK Citizenship Ceremony *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Including singing, pledging and respecting.… Read the rest

It’s Time for GM Britain *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

It’s time for the British government to give the go ahead for GM foods.… Read the rest

Lots of Atheists in Britain Says Survey *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Hurrah!… Read the rest

Muslims in Nigeria Boycott Immunisation *

Feb 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Polio vaccination is suspected as American plot to make Muslims infertile.… Read the rest