Steve Watson


      Information: Readings: The Culture War



        Fleming/Pollack, 'The black quota at Yale Law School', The Public Interest (1969).

                The hoax article accepted by a respected, but uncritical, journal of 'critical theory'.


        Alan D. Sokal, 'Transgressing the Boundaries: ...', Social Text #46/47, pp. 217-252 (spring/summer 1996).

                The hoax article accepted by a respected, but uncritical, journal of 'critical theory'.


        Dennis Dutton, 'Debunking Deconstruction', Philosophy and Literature, 13 (1989): 430-34.

                Remarks occasioned by John M. Ellis's Against Deconstruction (Princeton).


        Roger Scruton, 'Whatever Happened to Reason?', City Journal, Spring, 1999.

                The abandonment of the Enlightenment ideal of reason.


        Simon Blackburn, 'In Defence of Truth', Financial Review, 4 April, 2003.

                I renounce Richard Rorty and all his works!


        Martha Nussbaum, 'The Professor of Parody', (pdf, 13 pages) The New Republic Online, 22/2/99.

                Judith Butler is a difficult thinker. 


        Judith Butler, 'A Bad Writer Bites Back', The New York Times, 20/3/99.

                Judith Butler is a prickly thinker. 


        Ibn Warraq, 'Debunking Edward Said', Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Societies, 2002

                The fundamental dishonesty and ignorance of Said's 'Orientalism'.


        Justus Reid Weiner, 'My Beautiful Old House', (InfoTrac) Commentary, Sept 1999 v108 i2 p23.

                Edward Said has fabricated his earlier life for propaganda purposes.


        Bjorn Lomborg, 'Comments', (pdf, 32 pages) Green Spirit, 2002

                The original reply to Scientific American's hatchet job on The Skeptical Environmentalist.


        'Another Ice Age?', Time, 24 June, 1974.

                The debate is over. The science is clear. We're heading for a new ice age. We'll all be rooned.


        'The Cooling World', Newsweek, 28 April, 1975.

                Doomed, I tell you. Doomed!


        Elizabeth Loftus, 'Remembering Dangerously', Skeptical Enquirer, March/April, 1995.

                On the 'recovered memory' fad and the danger of hysterical science.


        Ed Regis, 'The Doomslayer', Wired, February, 1997.

                Julian Simon bet that conventional environmental wisdom is irrational doom-mongering.


        Bill Joy, 'Why the future doesn't need us', Wired, April, 2000.

                The future is full of monsters! Make it stop!


        Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, The Economics of Climate Change, (pdf, 84 pages) 6 July, 2005.

                A warning against politicised climate science from the UN's IPCC.


        Keith Windschuttle, 'Rabbit-proof fence: a true story?', New Criterion, March, 2003.

                The 'Stolen Generation' wasn't.


        Federal Court of Australia, 'Cubillo v. Commonwealth of Australia', FCA 1084 (11 August 2000)

                The full verdict of the only 'Stolen Generation' case to get to the Federal Court.


        Keith Windschuttle, 'The Fabrication of Australian History [One, Two, Three]', Quadrant, 2002.

                Historikerstreit downunder. There never was an Australian genocide/holocaust.


        Barry Smith et al., 'Letter', The London Times, May 9 1992.

                In an open letter, real philosophers protest against Cambridge's honouring Derrida.


        Giovanni Borradori, 'Philosophy in a Time of Terror', University of Chicago Press, 2003.

                Interview with Habermas (an imbecile) and Derrida (a lunatic) on the aftermath of 9/11.


        Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley, 'Hollywood's Missing Movies', Reason, June, 2000.

                Why American films have ignored life under communism.


        Eason Jordan, 'The News We Kept to Ourselves', New York Times, 11/04/03.

                CNN's willing collaboration with the Saddam regime.


        Robert Elegant, 'How to Lose a War: The Press and Vietnam', Encounter, vol. LVII, No. 2, August 1981, pp. 73-90.

                The Big Story is that an 'engaged' media betrayed both America and South Vietnam.


        Emma Brockes, 'The Greatest Intellectual?', Guardian, 31/10/05.

                Chomsky was revealed as a flake so the article was removed. Cowardly red Guardians backtrack furiously.


        Philip Longman, 'The Return of Patriarchy', Foreign Policy, March 1, 2006.

                Patriarchy is a winning demographic (and therefore political) strategy - the future belongs to those who turn up.


        Robert Putnam, 'E Pluribus Unum', (pdf, 38 pages) Scandinavian Political Studies, Vol. 30 No. 2, 2007.

                Multiculturalism reduces social capital, despite what the author would like to have found.  


        Martin Kramer, Ivory Towers on Sand, (pdf, 152 pages) Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy,  2001.

                The Failure of Middle Eastern studies in America.  


        Andrew Neather, 'Don't Listen to the Whingers', Evening Standard., 23/10/09

                Cultural treason. UK Labour's migration policy really was intended to destroy English culture. 


        Wegman, 'Ad Hoc Committee Report on the 'Hockey Stick''

                The Wegman Report gives strong grounds for suspicion of this very convenient reconstruction. 


        Alleged CRU email - searchable 20/11/2009

                The unapproved datadump of emails and code from UEA's Climate Research Unit. Hide the decline!


        Chris Montford, Caspar and the Jesus Paper 11/8/2008

                IPCC shenanigans and the corruption of the peer review process.


        Petition for Roman Polanski 9/2009

        Open Letter from B. H. Levy  9/2009

                The great and the good come out to support one of their own - who drugged and raped a child


        CAS, A Crisis of Competence, (pdf, 87 pages) NAS, April, 2012

                The corrupting effect of political activism in the University of California.


        Ioannides, John, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, PLoS, 30/08/2005

                The nature of the publishing process biases towards false findings being publicised.


        Kahneman, Damiel, A Proposal to Deal With Questions about Priming Effects, Nature, letter sent 26/09/2012

                "Your field is becoming the poster child for doubts about the integrity of psychological research"


        Duarte, Haidt, et al, Political diversity will improve social psychological science (pdf 58 pages) BBS, 2015

                The social sciences are becoming a political monoculture, and it's doing them harm


        Lukianof & Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind Atlantic, September 2015

                College students are demanding protection from words and ideas they don't like. That's bad.


        Huber & Kuncel, Does College Teach Critical Thinking? A Meta-Analysis Review of Educational Research, 1/6/2016

                Such courses do not necessarily produce incremental long-term gains.


        Chris C. Martin, How Ideology Has Hindered Sociological Insight (pdf) American Sociologist, 2015

                Disallowed topics, inadmissible data, and limited perspectives skew the ability to understand society


        Rosenkranz, Intellectual Diversity in the Legal Academy (pdf 7 pages) Harvard JLPP (37)  2015, pp. 137 ff

                Elite legal academia is overwhelmingly left-wing. This leads to intellectual laziness and incompetence.


        James Damore, Google's Ideological Echo-Chamber (pdf 10 pages) August 2017

                No doubt is allowed. He was fired for this. Google's motto is 'Don't be evil.'


        James D. Agresti, Voter Fraud December 15, 2016

                Substantial numbers of non-citizens vote illegally in U.S. elections.


        Buckeye Texan, JournoList: 157 Names (Confirmed) with Organizations. Free Republic 2010

                Left journalists who colluded to secretly shape the news.


        Jacob Grier, We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans. Slate, 2/2017

                'Passive smoking' was a useful excuse to control others' behaviour.


        Judy Peres, No Clear Link Between Passive Smoking and Lung Cancer. JNCI, 06 Dec 2013

                Actually, the study of 76,000 women confirmed there is 'no link'


        NZ Ministry of Health, After the Smoke has Cleared.  Dec 2006

                A country-wide study of the effects of a smoking ban.