Child abuse panic
For Europe, Against the EU
Jimmy Savile scandal
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The Counter-Leveson Inquiry
Review of Books
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Thursday 16 May 2013
Science and technology
The right to bear
The US authorities are armed to the teeth, and we're panicking about citizens printing out rubbish guns?
Thursday 11 April 2013
Why shouldn’t human beings play God?
’s 1989 interview with test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards, who died this week.
Wednesday 13 February 2013
All hail the arrival of the robots
The raising of economic productivity through automation will free humans to do more interesting things instead.
Tuesday 5 February 2013
Giving free speech a hammering
It’s time to lift the wig on all the libertarian posturing: judge-sanctioned free speech is not free at all.
Thursday 25 October 2012
A disaster that science brought upon itself
The jailing of scientists for failing to predict an earthquake is the sad conclusion to the scientific community’s depiction of itself as soothsayer.
Tuesday 7 August 2012
A bold step towards
putting man on Mars
NASA’s technological triumph of landing the
rover on the Red Planet is a testament to human ingenuity.
Monday 6 August 2012
with the truth
Why was US journalist Jonah Lehrer shamed for making up Dylan quotes and not for his cod-neuroscience?
Monday 28 May 2012
Why I don’t ‘Like’ this mauling of Zuckerberg
There are two ugly strains to the post-IPO Facebook-bashing: naivety about how the market works and hostility to individual ambition.
Thursday 3 May 2012
There’s no such thing as a natural drought
Never mind the lack of rain in recent UK winters - it is our willingness to invest and build big that has really dried up.
Thursday 22 March 2012
Why clicktivism now makes us switch off
President Obama is better than most politicians at exploiting social media, but even he can fall victim to mocking memes.
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Facebook valuation: $100 billion for
Yes, if FB were a country it would be the third largest. It would also be the most unproductive country ever.
Tuesday 24 January 2012
A mega attack on internet freedom
You don’t have to be a fan of the juvenile people behind Megaupload to be worried by the crackdown against it.
Monday 7 November 2011
There’s more to science than ridiculing fools
The science-led campaign against TV psychic Sally Morgan has the whiff of a modern-day witch hunt.
Friday 12 August 2011
No, it was not the Blackberry wot dunnit
The smart-phone riots? Technology is about as capable of causing riots as a car is of driving a man.
Thursday 26 May 2011
How hyper-mobility can change the world
By investing in faster and cheaper transportation, we can truly realise the dream of a global village.
Friday 13 May 2011
The tyranny of science
More and more scientists fancy themselves as gods, with a duty to enlighten those who are ‘deluded to the point of perversity’.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
On the wrong track over iPhone privacy
Campaigners should worry less about gadgets recording our locations and more about why society doesn't value privacy.
Wednesday 9 March 2011
Dimming the light on human ingenuity
The candle-lit world of Earth Hour is a decadent celebration of an era that we ought to be glad we’ve left behind.
Monday 21 February 2011
Big Pharma, small ambition
Pfizer’s decision to close its UK research facility was born of an industry-wide angst about medical discovery.
Monday 18 October 2010
There’s more to science than making money
Pro-science protesters are playing a dangerous game by arguing against government cuts on economic grounds only.
23 May 2013
Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war
23 May 2013
Liberty comes out
against press liberty
24 May 2013:
: as sweet, and sickly, as barbecue chicken
17 May 2013:
Don Draper: it’s time to buck your ideas up
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