23 August 2013

No, autistic children are not the spiritual saviours of mankind

Michael Fitzpatrick isn't convinced by a much raved-about autism memoir.

12 June 2013

MMR/autism: one step forward, two steps back

Unorthodox autism campaign groups are finally distancing themselves from the MMR theory. Sadly, they’ve embraced other cranky theories.

16 April 2013

Andrew Wakefield: return of the wicked witch

Wakefield’s MMR-autism nonsense had a baleful influence on public health, but he doesn’t bear sole responsibility for recent measles outbreaks.

24 January 2013

The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby

Every day there seems to be a new study making a link between food, chemicals or lifestyle and ill-health. None of them has any link with reality.

12 December 2012

The charge of the anti-
enlightenment brigade

Far from heralding a new dawn of reason, today’s New Atheists are at the vanguard of the counter-Enlightenment.

Books 30 November 2012

After ‘New Atheism’, let’s
re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Books 16 November 2012

After ‘New Atheism’,
let’s re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Books 23 December 2011

Saving medical practice from the tyranny of health

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks to James Le Fanu, the one-time scourge of those medical practitioners who blamed lifestyle or pollution for ill health, to find out if he really has made peace with the medical establishment.

20 December 2011

From revolutionary student to Byronic celebrity

Michael Fitzpatrick recalls his first meeting with Christopher Hitchens 40 years ago, when there was more to him than flashy posturing.

14 November 2011

Social democracy is dead. Now let’s move on

Across Europe, labour parties are reinventing themselves to stay relevant, but they’ve been redundant for decades.