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.


Limitations of Political Reporting *

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Investors need to know the truth, but voters don’t. Or not.… Read the rest



Melvin Konner takes on the opponents of sociobiology. *

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Biologists who had done no primary research in human sciences nevertheless issued anathemas on it.… Read the rest



Holocaust Denial on Trial *

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Deniers distort history in order to promote antisemitism and white supremacy.… Read the rest



Irfan Khawaja takes issue with Daniel Pipes *

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Militant Islam and militant Christian fundamentalism are indeed related.… Read the rest



Richard Dawkins’ review of Not in Our Genes *

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In their ‘paranoiac and demonological theology of science’ Lewontin, Kamin and Rose fire both barrels with equal monotony and imprecision: ‘determinism’ and ‘reductionism’. But the gallant little fire brigade has perpetrated a fatuous little book.… Read the rest



The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes *

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Consider Will Crooks, Labour MP. ‘Growing up in extreme poverty…Crooks spent 2d. on a secondhand Iliad, and was dazzled…’… Read the rest



The Yanomamo Controversy *

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A scandal in anthropology is complicated by politics, emotion, prestige – the usual sort of thing.… Read the rest



Washington, Jefferson and slavery. *

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Washington freed his slaves in his will, Jefferson did not. The reasons of each tell us much about American history.… Read the rest



Urvashi Butalia on ‘honour’ killing. *

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Women’s groups demand that murderers be treated according to laws of the land and not be allowed to find shelter behind the curtain of ‘culture’. … Read the rest



Science According to the X-Files *

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‘We are born of primordial slime, not at the hands of a benevolent and concerned supreme being who lovingly crafted us from clay.’… Read the rest



Ni Putes ni Soumises *

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‘We’re girls, so we’re less-than-nothings, Priscilla, 17, told Le Monde after her friend Sohane’s death.… Read the rest



Lies, Self-Deception and Magical Thinking *

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Psychoanalysis was never, despite Freud’s ‘positivist rhetoric,’ a science; it was a ‘purely speculative enterprise,’ argues Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen.… Read the rest



Or Academic Pooh and Postmodern Instincts *

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Literary criticism, cultural studies; love letter and satire.… Read the rest



Literature and theory duke it out. *

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If Lentricchia and Said have joined, the revenge of the emeriti may not be so regressive after all.… Read the rest



Whither Irony? *

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‘In the clamorous and bloodstained souk of the world…people still go unrepentantly on looking out for good lives’… Read the rest



Dawkins on Maynard Smith *

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‘John does know more mathematics, more physics and more engineering than the average biologist. But he also knows more biology than the average biologist.’… Read the rest



Vikram Chandra on the Cult of Authenticity *

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Don’t essentialize Indianness, but you’d better get the Real India right.… Read the rest



Derek Freeman or Margaret Mead? *

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One can be controversial and heretical and still be wrong.… 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