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Truth, Truths, ‘Truth’ and ‘Truths’ *

Apr 5th, 2004 | Filed by

Susan Haack on the ‘Passes-for Fallacy’ and more.… Read the rest



A Gathering of Straw People

Apr 4th, 2004 8:36 pm | By

There are a couple of discussions of Evolutionary Psychology at Twisty Sticks: one here and the other here. They’re interesting because of what appears to be a fairly unshakable assumption that all evolutionary psychologists have a right-wing agenda and that the agenda determines their conclusions. That’s probably true of some evolutionary psychologists – I think I’ve read one or two of those – but it’s not true of all of them. It’s a bit puzzling. It’s not easy to figure out why people are convinced that thinking natural selection might have played a part in making human nature what it is requires being a free marketeer. I’m not a free marketeer, and I think natural selection played a part … Read the rest



Another Angle on the Hijab *

Apr 4th, 2004 | Filed by

What is France’s insistence on secularism about?… Read the rest



That’s Dr Arendt and Dr Heidegger to You! *

Apr 4th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Hannah and Martin’ indeed – what next?! Dave and Mannie and Fritz?… Read the rest



Girly Jesus Out, Sadist Killer Jesus In *

Apr 4th, 2004 | Filed by

The guy can boil your blood just by talking. Repent!… Read the rest



The Grand Old Pledge *

Apr 4th, 2004 | Filed by

How can a nation pursue ‘justice for all’ but exclude nontheists and polytheists?… Read the rest



The Contract of Mutual Indifference *

Apr 4th, 2004 | Filed by

Why did the rest of the world not stop the Rwanda genocide?… Read the rest



The Tortoise and the Hare

Apr 4th, 2004 12:16 am | By

Not too bad, thanks. The agony is somewhat abated, as Macaulay said. (Was it Macaulay? I think so. At the age of two, or a week, or something, when a kind evangelical woman spilled some coffee on him.) I’m tottering around, pale and trembling, but recovering. A little weak, a tad mentally unstable, but on the mend. Kind of you to ask. The flowers are lovely. I don’t suppose you brought any chocolates – ? No no, of course not, silly question.

I wrote the Comment yesterday in such a way that it sounds as if I think I wrote the dictionary all by myself. I noticed that after I’d done it, but having done it, didn’t want to correct … Read the rest



A Mind as Speedy as an Eider Duck *

Apr 3rd, 2004 | Filed by

B.R. Myers says Jeffrey Masson’s amateurish style is persuasive, sort of.… Read the rest



Revisiting de Tocqueville *

Apr 3rd, 2004 | Filed by

‘Religious insanity is very common in the United States. We should not be surprised at this.’… Read the rest



The Guardian’s Rwanda Page *

Apr 3rd, 2004 | Filed by

Links to many aspects of Rwanda and the genocide.… Read the rest



Carl Zimmer on Misunderstanding Science *

Apr 3rd, 2004 | Filed by

It’s about uncertainty, not certainty.… Read the rest



My Baby Done Gone

Apr 3rd, 2004 3:42 am | By

Oh, man, I have the most terrible case of post-partum depression. Or perhaps that’s not the right word, perhaps I mean empty-nest syndrome. Or separation anxiety. One of those, anyway, or possibly all of them. The book is gone! It’s finished! It’s over! It’s history. It’s on its way out into the world, to sink or swim, to make it on its own or to crash in flames, to become something or to flop down on the nearest bench and vegetate for the rest of its pathetic aimless life.

I wasn’t ready. I had plans. I was going to teach it to make toffee, and drive a car, and read Braille. I was going to teach it principles, and wash … Read the rest



Rwanda *

Apr 2nd, 2004 | Filed by

As the tenth anniversary approaches, Frontline takes a look.… Read the rest



Menand on McCarthy and Related Matters *

Apr 2nd, 2004 | Filed by

The difference between journalists and academics; narrow elections and how little they mean.… Read the rest



Heaps of All-round Stupidity *

Apr 2nd, 2004 | Filed by

John Quiggin has a harsh word or two for postmodernist nonsense about advertising.… Read the rest



Michael Foot’s 1000 Volumes of Hazlitt *

Apr 2nd, 2004 | Filed by

Will go to the Wordsworth Trust when he conks out. Not soon, let’s hope.… Read the rest



Ektopos Has its First Birthday *

Apr 1st, 2004 | Filed by

Excellent philosophy site reaches a milestone.… Read the rest



Terry Eagleton on Edward Said *

Apr 1st, 2004 | Filed by

‘He is more interested in emancipating the dispossessed than in bending genders or floating signifiers.’… Read the rest



The Fun of Working for the Bush Administration *

Apr 1st, 2004 | Filed by

Leon Kass told Elizabeth Blackburn ethics panel would consider diverse views. But no.… Read the rest