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.


Barbara Forrest on the Wedge at Work *

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How ID creationism is wedging its way into the cultural and academic mainstream.… Read the rest



Ramin Jahanbegloo on the intellectual in the Middle East *

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Intellectual elites who gave up their intellectual habits and submitted to the strict rules of ideologies such as Marxism-Leninism or Islamism.… Read the rest



Researcher denied funds for assuming evolution *

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Peer-review committee said he hadn’t provided ‘adequate justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent-design theory, was correct.’… Read the rest



Please, No More Glamorama *

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James Wood on the grim outlook for social realism and ‘hysterical realism’, which may allow a space for the aesthetic and the contemplative again.… Read the rest



Anthropologists sharpen their knives *

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‘Anthropologists are trained to appreciate cultural differences, but they can’t stand it within their own profession.’… Read the rest



Hitchens on Contrarianism *

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‘Among his many weapons are a forensic curiosity, a vast learning, a savage wit, a commanding intellect, an international perspective and a moral authority that is built on something sturdier than cheap moralising.’… Read the rest



Human Rights and Asian Values *

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Dissent is part of all cultures, Asian decidedly included.… Read the rest



Fifteen Answers to Creationist Nonsense *

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Some antievolutionists admit that they intend for intelligent-design theory to serve as a “wedge” for reopening science classrooms to discussions of God. … Read the rest



Eagleton on Fish *

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‘A superficially historicist, materialist case – our beliefs and assumptions are embedded in our practical forms of life – leads not only to a kind of epistemological idealism, but to the deeply convenient doctrine that our way of life cannot be criticised as a whole.’… Read the rest



NAGPRA and the Demon-haunted World *

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NAGPRA proceeds from an antievolutionary perspective grounded in fundamentalist religious belief.… Read the rest



A Duty to Annoy *

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Is feminism about being a fragile flower needing protection and consolation at every hint of conflict? Or is it about being a cactus and fighting back. Wendy Kaminer disavows florality.… Read the rest



Ethnomathematics *

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‘Mathematics is absolutely integrated with Western civilization, which conquered and dominated the entire world.’… Read the rest



So Sylvia Plath was a Poet? *

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‘Death and marriage may have fed and fuelled her writing, but – posthumously at least – they cramp her style.’… Read the rest



An ex-Muslim woman speaks out – and has to flee for her life. *

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Most government-funded Islamic clubs ‘are run by deeply conservative men and perpetuate the segregation of women.’ … Read the rest



Richard Dawkins considers Fashionable Nonsense *

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It’s so uncool to think there is a real world.… Read the rest



Separation of Mosque and State *

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‘Among intellectuals and in the academic world, any attempt to blame Islam for women’s oppression is stamped as Orientalism.’… Read the rest



Norman Geras on Minimum Utopia *

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The facts of widespread human privation and those of political oppression and atrocity are available to all who want them.… Read the rest



Bias, as in Confirmation Bias *

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Being on the side of the rich and powerful ought to make it hard to play victim, but the right in the US manages it by seeing ‘liberal’ bias in the media even when it’s…not there.… Read the rest



The margins are getting so crowded! *

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Centrality is so uncool that the margins are as full of people as Bangkok or the Aran Islands.… Read the rest



Frank Furedi on Paranoid Parents *

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The world is a jungle, barely one child in a hundred escapes being murdered! Or so you would think.… Read the rest