- These quiz things seem popular on the internet, so here is a one question personality test, without any typing, to try: what is the word you see here?
- Damian Thompson has now admitted his story was nonsense, but what I particularly enjoyed was the reaction to the story’s unravelling on the Jihadwatch site. In particular, the commentator who has won this year’s Dawkins prize for abject and sincere apology:
I am forced to conclude, as others here and elsewhere have concluded, that this story is a tissue of lies, a fabrication, a factual untruth, a malfiscient piece of propaganda advanced only to discredit us by playing upon our credulous (justified?) belief that Islamics would indeed behave in the way portrayed in this story.
Of course Islamics would and could behave in this way but this particular story appears to have no basis in fact – in actual events. It is, in all probability, a Muslim constructed story designed to show us in the worst possible light.”
“In all probability.” Couldn’t put it more judiciously myself.
- Spot the razor blade in this potato: Richard Lewontin, reviewing the life and achievements of Steve Gould, comes to deal with other public intellectuals: “It is even possible to become a public intellectual in science with no institutional home in a technical discipline. Richard Dawkins, who was trained as a biologist and who obviously knows a great deal about genetics and evolution, is Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford”
- From the same issue of the NYRB: Tony Judt’s fantastic speech on the holocaust and memory. I think I really should post here the profile of him that I wrote and the Guardian never used.