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May 2006

Medical marijuana | Reefer madness |

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IF CANNABIS were unknown, and bioprospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough.

Illegal Art | Creative Commons

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A museum exhibit called "Illegal Art" might sound like a history of naughty pictures. Turns out that the exhibit (through July 25 at SF MOMA Artist's Gallery) is more innocuous than most primetime TV: A Mickey Mouse gasmask. Pez candy dispensers honoring

April 2006

February 2006

'The great divide' by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Cinema, literature and other aspects of western culture are increasingly open to Asian influence. Not so western philosophy

Cato Unbound: Theodore Dalrymple: Is “Old Europe” Doomed?

I wondered what happened to old Theo after he retired. I think he moved to France which, given his views on Europe, seems a strange choice. Why not Louisianna or Texas?

Andy at Yellow Swordfish: Go Wicca!

The fastest growing religion in the US (in terms of percentage) is Wicca - a Neopagan religion that is sometimes referred to as Witchcraft.

January 2006


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In the State of New York you can take an open bottle home as long as the restaurant places it in a special sealed bag with a receipt.

June 2005

May 2005

Sarah Baxter: Bad is good

Everyone knows that computer games are bad for children and that television is dumbing down. But is it really true?

Globish - the new international language

Globish is not like Esperanto or Volapuk; this is not a formally constructed language, but rather an organic patois, constantly adapting, emerging solely from practical usage, and spoken in some form or other by about 88 per cent of mankind.

February 2005

The new Chief Inquisitor on campus

From ethics committees to ‘learning outcomes’, the threat to academic freedom comes from within the university as much as from without. By Frank Ferudi

January 2005

The 50 moments that shaped pop history

Rock'n'roll has come a long way in the half-century since Elvis first stepped up to the microphone at Sun Studios. Here we choose 50 moments that shaped popular musical history - and in the process changed our lives

Science is where the intellectual story is

What has happened in the past couple of decades has been that scientists have increasingly bypassed the rather supercilious arts intellectuals and seized the intellectual initiative and the intellectual high ground for themselves.

December 2004

Shakespeare Quotes

100 of his best known lines

November 2004

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