Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


Necla Kelek *

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Her life was bound by prohibitions: no swimming, no sports, no playing outdoors and no German friends because they were infidels. She ran away the day her father threatened her with an ax. … Read the rest



Richard Norman on Richard Swinburne *

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If belief in God is a matter of ‘faith’ in contrast to reason, there’s nothing to distinguish it from mere wishful thinking.… Read the rest



Dawkins interview *

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On atheism and evidence for God… Read the rest



Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Age of Preposterism *

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What is the difference between genuine inquiry and the sham and fake variety?… Read the rest



‘Without a theory, you can’t meet the people.’ *

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Miller wonders why ‘unavailing Latinate neologisms’ convince so many people that something profound is being said.… Read the rest



Deep, unconscious anti-science bias. *

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Scientists are humorless nerds, and crop circles and crystals are more fun.… Read the rest



Frank Lentricchia takes it all back. *

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‘When I grew up and became a literary critic, I learned to keep silent about the reading experiences of liberation that I’d enjoyed since childhood.’… Read the rest



A look at Kent Hovind’s dissertation. *

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In fact Patriot University seems to have no standards.… Read the rest



Barbara Forrest on The Wedge at Work *

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How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream… Read the rest



Derek Freeman Replies *

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Ad hominem denigration doesn’t make the case.… Read the rest



Martin Gardner looks at a Center for nonsense studies. *

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Dowsing, homeopathy, Tarot cards and their relevance to mental health professions, and, of course, alien abductions.… Read the rest



Livid Quietism on the Right *

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‘The anti-intellectuals are finally on the side of power at its most unforgiving and voracious.’… Read the rest



What we need is a robust universalism. *

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‘There is nothing sacrosanct about any culture or religion’s rituals. Cultures are neither monolithic, unchanging, nor without internal critique and resistance…’… Read the rest



Scott McLemee on Orwell *

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Prose as a window-pane opens onto a reality that is solidly and visibly ‘out there.’… Read the rest



Frederick Crews on Freud *

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‘the claims of psychoanalytic theory are not interpretations but determinate propositions about how the mind regularly works’… Read the rest



The Impact of Religion on Children’s Education *

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Azam Kamguian on what the anti-secularist backlash has done to education.… Read the rest



Gangsta Rap Culture Not Such a Good Thing? *

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Education has been portrayed as ‘white’ – what use is it when strutting the streets?… Read the rest



Yale as a Place Where Language Goes to Die *

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Helena Echlin on the misery of being a PhD candidate in English and American literature at Yale. She has to stifle her urge to write ‘eh?’ in the margins, discovers that obfuscation is de rigeur, and that people who talk nonsense are now looked upon not as sloppy thinkers, but as sages.… Read the rest



Massimo Pigliucci on Science and Religion *

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Do scientists ‘keep the faith’ and if so is that a good thing? Is religion a good source of morality?… Read the rest



The Baghdad blogger. *

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What life was really like in Saddam’s Iraq and what it’s like now.… Read the rest