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Religious Belief and Social Pathology in the USA

November 22, 2008

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According to research published in the Journal of Religion and Society this week, developed countries which are predomiantly secular seem to suffer fewer social ills like murder, suicide and teenage pregnancy.  The apparent bogeyman of the piece is the USA, which, while being the most religious Western society, has rates of murder, incarceration, abortion, syphilis, […]

Andrew Lehade’s Letter

October 18, 2008

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This is a copy of the resignation letter of Andrew Lehade, manager of a small California hedge fund, who has decided to call it a day after making a killing betting against the sub-prime mortgage market.  Lehade rails against what he calls the ‘aristocracy’ of financial and government institutions in a week where Wall Street […]

Habermas @ SEP

May 22, 2007

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Many thanks to James Bohman and William Rehg for their work putting together the ‘Habermas’ entry at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/

South Park Scientology

May 16, 2007

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Scientology has been in the news more often than usual this week thanks to the Panorama controversy. Most people are of the impression that it is a celebrity cult, but don’t know much about the beliefs that Scientologists hold. This is understandable, given the lengths that they go to to control the dissemination of their […]

Fascist America?

April 24, 2007

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Naomi Wolf has an interesting article in The Guardian today which compares the present climate in the United States with the ferment of fascism in the middle of the 20th Century in Europe. I would say it’s pretty uncomfortable reading. Here’s a summary of the list for all wannabe fascists to keep handy. 1.) Invoke […]

10th Essex Conference

March 27, 2007

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I am pleased to announce the schedule for the 10th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy at the University of Essex. The Conference will be held at the University on Saturday, 28th April 2007, and will feature papers by our visiting keynote speaker Dr. Karin de Boer (University of Groningen) and Dr.Wayne Martin (University of Essex). […]

Pseudo-Science on Channel 4

February 12, 2007

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A great article by Ben Goldacre can be found here. Most people are, of course, quite ignorant of the details of science. As someone who is doing a PhD, it obviously rankles me to see someone who bought theirs on the internet being recognised as some sort of authority. The interesting thing is that the […]