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Gulf War Syndrome? *

Mar 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Elaine Showalter on an elusive disease or syndrome that generates a lot of scare headlines and not much evidence.… Read the rest

Pompously Fondling his Crucifix *

Mar 28th, 2003 | Filed by

The Bishop versus the Pythons. The Bish couldn’t be bothered to do his homework, and the Pythons were better-behaved.… Read the rest

Affirmative Action and the War *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

Yale Political Scientist Jim Sleeper on the complexities and contradictions of identity politics.… Read the rest

Hans Morgenthau on Killing Civilians *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

An excerpt from a book by the late scholar of international relations, on the history of the status of civilians in war.… Read the rest

Fear and Confusion *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

It is fear of the Fedayeen Saddam, not nationalism, that is keeping Iraqi civilians on the sidelines, says this reporter.… Read the rest

Eurosneering *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Cowboys on one side of the pond, castrated girly pacifists on the other.… Read the rest

Sauce for the Goose? *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Correspondents to the Guardian wonder how the US can appeal to the Geneva convention.… Read the rest

Analysis of Impunity Agreements *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Why would a country seek blanket immunity from the international criminal court? … Read the rest

The Awkward Squad Asks Sharper Questions *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Staging, spin, starstruck questions from US journalists, rationed information. But then Chinese and Arab journalists may have their own blinders.… Read the rest

Blackburn contra Rorty *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

If Truth and Reason are over, what about the maps and timetables you used to get here to say so?… Read the rest

Sectarian Slaughter in Kashmir *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

The body-count is 24 in the latest chapter of Hindu-Muslim fight over Kashmir.… Read the rest

Exaggeration *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Bristol’s admissions policies not so very skewed toward state school applicants after all, expert says.… Read the rest

Ignatieff on Empire *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Michael Ignatieff on the complications of intervention and nation-building.… Read the rest

Survey Shows Abuse of Teachers *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

School management often makes teachers feel it’s their own fault.… Read the rest

TV Trumps Books *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Iran was confining, especially for a female teacher, but the students cared about the books.… Read the rest

Consequential versus Deontological Objections *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Evaluating risks is not the same as making moral choices.’… Read the rest

Competing Studies *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

One study finds affirmative action helps education, another doesn’t.… Read the rest

Free Will or Free Won’t? *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

David Barash reviews Freedom Evolves.… Read the rest

Maybe a Lottery Would be Better?

Mar 23rd, 2003 10:08 pm | By

Richard Dawkins likes to outrage people. He’s not the only person in the world who likes to do that, in fact it’s just barely possible that there are one or two people connected with Butterflies and Wheels who don’t mind irritating. However that may be, Dawkins has done it again.

Evil is not an entity, not a spirit, not a force to be opposed and subdued. Evil is a miscellaneous collection of nasty things that nasty people do. There are nasty people in every country, stupid people, insane people, people who should never be allowed to get anywhere near power. Just killing nasty people doesn’t help: they will be replaced. We must try to tailor our institutions, our constitutions, our

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Geneticists and the Deity *

Mar 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

So if this God knew about cystic fibrosis, why keep it a secret? And who defines ‘respectable theologians’?… Read the rest