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Eagleton on Orwell *

Jun 27th, 2003 | Filed by

Opinion on him was divided, as it would be on any animal with the rib-cage of a hippo and the snout of a badger.… Read the rest

Wool *

Jun 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Another call for ‘demotic science’ from the Economic and Social Research Council.… Read the rest

Not Deceptive but Crudely Deceptive *

Jun 26th, 2003 | Filed by

‘…no audience is easier to beguile than one that is smugly confident of its own sophistication.’… Read the rest

Orwell Centenary *

Jun 25th, 2003 | Filed by

The Guardian offers a page of Orwell links.… Read the rest

A Talk With Steven Pinker *

Jun 25th, 2003 | Filed by

The blank slate became Official Theory, enforced by “accusation, intimidation, name-calling and moralising intellectual questions that are questions of fact”. … Read the rest

What Are the Tasaday? *

Jun 25th, 2003 | Filed by

What is a lost tribe anyway? From Marie Antoinette to Imelda Marcos, what are the uses of ‘simple people’? Where does the World’s Fair come in?… Read the rest

Post-traumatic stress and counseling *

Jun 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Surprise, surprise, it’s not always good to talk.… Read the rest

Historians and Plagiarism Again *

Jun 24th, 2003 | Filed by

Philip Foner helped himself to students’ work, and many of them fumed but kept quiet about it.… Read the rest

Historians Discuss Foner *

Jun 24th, 2003 | Filed by

And interesting issues are raised – is objectivity possible? If not, why write history at all? Why not just pledge allegiance to something?… Read the rest

Innocuous or Threatening? *

Jun 24th, 2003 | Filed by

Does enlightenment summon its own enemies into being?… Read the rest

Mixed Decision in US Affirmative Action Case *

Jun 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

The US Supreme Court narrowly upholds University of Michigan’s use of race in admissions, rejects point system.… Read the rest

Split Decision in Michigan Case *

Jun 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

Michigan’s law school can continue to consider race; undergraduate programme is unconstitutional.… Read the rest

Adults Read Harry Potter *

Jun 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

It’s become hip to regress into childhood.… Read the rest

Pick up Another, More Challenging Book *

Jun 23rd, 2003 | Filed by

‘…the outlandish claims that were frequently made for Potter made you wonder whether some of these people had ever read anything else.’… Read the rest

Creationism Gaining Ground in the US *

Jun 22nd, 2003 | Filed by

The Dini case, a conspicuous ‘debate’ in Tucson, a new ‘Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination’ in Ashcroft’s Justice Department.… Read the rest

Words Do Matter *

Jun 22nd, 2003 | Filed by

Under God, one man one vote, Muslim child – language does shape our consciousness.… Read the rest

Whiteness Studies *

Jun 21st, 2003 | Filed by

Race is a fiction, therefore everyone must learn to be completely obsessed by it. Eh?… Read the rest

A Recipe not a Blueprint *

Jun 20th, 2003 | Filed by

Matt Ridley on the way genes and experience interact.… Read the rest

Say Anything and Say It Murkily *

Jun 20th, 2003 | Filed by

A mash note to Alan Sokal in the Guardian.… Read the rest

A Debate on ‘Diversity’ in the Arts *

Jun 19th, 2003 | Filed by

Whether the arts should be judged on aesthetic grounds, or on ethnic representation.… Read the rest