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International Whine Day

WomanVManSo, today is International Women's Day. I have no particular problem with that, but I do have a problem with the gender issue singled out by much of the broadcast and print media - that being the issue of elite sportswomen earning less than elite sportsmen.
I could point out that men are simply better at sports and therefore play at a higher level*, but whilst that is true, it isn't the real issue.
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Clearing up a basic misconception

When looking at issues of gender equality, there is one misconception that keeps rearing its head and which I would like to clear up here.  Social Justice Warriors, particularly feminists, often point out that there are more differences within the genders than there are between the genders. This is one of those assertions that is difficult to test because it is too vague - it depends on the specific differences in question and it depends on what system of metrics we use.
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Challenge to feminists

feministlooksIt is often said that feminism in the west is needed just as much today as it ever was.  At the same time, the number of people who identify as feminists continues to decline. The Fawcett Society - a feminist organisation - revealed in 2016 the results of a relatively large survey.  Amongst the findings was the fact that whilst 67% believed in gender equality, only 7% would identify as feminists.
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Gender paygap - yet again....

uberI had hoped not to return to this anytime soon, but some new research prompts me to comment. A new research paper has looked at gender earnings differences in a new 'gig economy' company - Uber.  The reason this research is worthy of comment is that Uber offers a case study in which most, if not all confounding variables can be either eliminated or evaluated.  By this I mean that most studies into this subject face a host of variables - experience, hours worked, time-off etc - which are very difficult to evaluate and which lead to a fairly broad uncertainty in any quantitative results.  In the case of Uber (a private 'taxi-style' business) these variables are either not present or are transparent.
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Why I don't 'respect' your pronouns

regressivesThere is so much distorted thinking around at the moment that it sometimes seems like there is a competition to see how much batshit crazy nonsense people can get away with before they are called on it. 

Most of the batshit is excreted around a basic central notion - that of identity.  Regressive ideologues believe that identity is something that belongs to an individual and must be respected by others. They further believe that such identity need have no anchors in reality and that it is entirely up to the individual to decide what their identity is.

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Pinker triggers the regressives

PinkerSteven Pinker is a well known academic and commentator on science - perhaps more so in the US than here in the UK.

He is a professor of Cognitive Psychology at Harvard University, and he has written many outstanding popular science books - two of which appear in my science audiobooks section.

What I know of Pinker's politics puts him solidly on the centre-left of the political spectrum.  Unfortunately for Pinker, however, he had the nerve to say some things which the regressive left have deemed to be out of bounds.  He is now, predictably and ridiculously, being smeared as a supporter of the alt-right.
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C4 Journalistic meltdown

newmanProfessor Jordan Peterson is something of a bête noire to the regressive left. He is the most public intellectual opponent to the entire philosophical underpinning of the regressive left. He is also an extremely compelling speaker who is able to support his arguments.  He was recently in the UK and was interviewed by Cathy Newman on C4 News. To call Newman's performance unprofessional would be kind. She was appalling. 

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Translating SJW to English

A lot of people have requested that I translate certain terms beloved of the regressive left into some sort of comprehensible English. Wait no longer folks, I've finally got around to it.

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Me Too? No thanks

MetooWe are currently in the middle of a moral panic based on historic wrongdoing (or perceived wrong doing) of some famous men.  Events began with allegations against a famous Hollywood mogul - Harvey Weinstein dating back a couple of decades or so. There is little question that Weinstein is a wretched character. Whether he broke any laws is still open to question and will not be answered until we see a proper trial. There is little doubt, however, that his behaviour was unacceptable - then as now - and few people,  me included, would take issue with that.  Pretty soon, however, scores of women came forward (to the press in most cases) with their stories of historic sexual abuse, and a campaign to encourage others, called Me Too, was started.  Here is where the problems began.

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Gender Paygap - Yet again

FriedmanThis issue simply refuses to die, and the amount of misinformation, distortion and plain lying seems to increase over time.  Rather than return to the issue every time feminists need a boost and raise it up the agenda again (seems to happen every 2 years or so) I am going to post a fairly comprehensive look at the issue which I can refer to as needed.
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When 'irony' is too weak a word

megaFor the last few years feminists have been actively working to impose censorship on the internet.  Abusive postings on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms have frequently made national news and, in nearly all cases the story is of a female being abused by largely male posters. This despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that men are at least as likely to be the target of online abuse. 1
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UK Universities - What you should know

No Free SpeechIf you are contemplating spending a great deal of money on a University course for yourself, or for your child(ren), then I think you should check whether the University of choice is one which supports and encourages free speech.  If not it is probably following the trend first seen on US campuses, but now spreading through UK universities - namely, the idea that it is the role of the University to train activists in social justice. 
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Astonishing AI Development

AII recently finished reading a book by physicist Max Tegmark, speculating on the arrival and development of computer intelligence (Life 3.0). He posits a scenario where a group of programmers develop a general purpose Artificial Intelligence (AI), and they then use it to design better AIs, until they have something that could pass the Turing Test easily1.  Recent developments in real life lead me to wonder whether Tegmark was more prescient than he knew.
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Thinking about solutions

In other postings I have expressed my concern about the effect of mass immigration of Muslims into Europe, including the UK. Briefly stated, my concerns have nothing to do with race, colour or country of origin. My concerns are entirely about the religion of Islam and, specifically, about the  socio-religio-political views of the migrants.   My view is that Islam, as practised in ALL majority Muslim countries globally, is incompatible with the foundational views and values of western democratic countries.
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Pathetic Journalism

3monkeysI cannot be alone in thinking that the standards of journalism - both printed and TV - are in serious decline.  Those from the right famously label the media as a liberal cabal, which is certainly an over-generalisation but may contain a germ of truth. The most instructive case is the coverage of President Trump.  The media has been filled with stories - all negative and mostly trivial.  Trump is accused of misogyny, racism and white-supremacy on the flimsiest of evidence - often deliberately misconstrued. His tweets are turned into major diplomatic incidents, and he is generally portrayed as a low IQ version of Hitler. 
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Left Right Socialist Fascist.

Anyone of my generation and political background is probably, like me, looking at the current political situation with a mixture of confusion and disbelief.

Self-declared radical (ie revolutionary)  left-wingers are all bent out of shape because, in the US, the establishment candidate for President lost, and, in the UK, the population ignored the elites and voted for Brexit.  They regard the traditional UK working class man as irredeemably corrupted by white privilege, and favour a new type of politics which divides society up and discriminates according to a set of fairly arbitrary eternal criteria such as skin colour, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference. They oppose freedom of speech where it hurts people's feelings and believe that violence is both justified and, indeed, required (see Anti-fa and By Any Means Necessary)  to stop their opponents.

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'Cultural Appropriation' Nonsense

cult appropAt this time of year the issue of cultural appropriation rears it's asinine head, as children select fancy dress costumes for Halloween and Guy-Fawkes night.
It is wrong, we are told, to dress in the manner of a minority group, since this appropriates their culture for a trivial and demeaning purpose.  Dressing as a Mexican, African, Polynesian, or pretty much any other non-European/US national is frowned upon by the social justice mob, and the usual shaming tactics are applied to the max. 
Magdalen College, Oxford has just introduced a mandatory course for all undergraduates, on which students will be taught that it was wrong and shameful to hold a Ball (last year) themed around the 1920s, since that era was extremely racist, and colonial attitudes prevailed.
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A note to readers

ExplodingHeadAnyone reading my blog will quickly see that it is largely concerned with criticism of feminism, the new regressive left, and religion. This might lead the casual reader to assume that I must be fixated or obsessed by these issues, and that I am therefore probably something of a right wing, woman hating, ultra conservative. In on-line debates that accusation is almost always made within a couple of posts by someone.

The purpose of this posting is to try to make it clear to readers what I am, am not, and what I believe and do not believe.
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RAF Equal Opportunities - for woman only.

FallonRecently the Minister for Defence - Michael Fallon - has been bathing in the glory of the RAF allowing women into front line combat roles ahead of schedule. Let me be clear - I have no problem with that and consider it a damn good thing. What sticks in my craw is the unchallenged and blatant sexism that the RAF applies against men. I have always believed that the armed forces need people of a particular standard - fitness, speed, stamina, strength and so on. Service people need to rely on their comrades so they need to know that their comrades can cut the mustard. Gender is not an issue - or should not be. It should be a straightforward case of testing that candidates meet the necessary benchmark, enlisting those that do and refusing those that do not. But that is not how it works.
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Mattress Girl Exposed

Emma SulkowiczAnyone who follows the feminist narrative on rape and sexual assault is probably already familiar with a case in the US which became known as the Mattress Girl case. For those who are not, here is a brief summary.
  • A female student - Emma Sulcowicz - at the US University of Columbia complained to University authorities that she had been raped by another student - Paul Nungesser.  A subsequent investigation concluded that there was no evidence to support the allegation and dismissed the charge.  Sulcowicz persisted in her allegation and turned it into an arts project, in which she carried around a mattress for a year as a protest in support of rape victims, supposedly highlighting the injustice that she, and many other victims, suffered at the hands of authorities.

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People you should ridicule

I don't normally single out inSadRegressivesindividuals for comment - I usually prefer to talk about ideas - but the situation on US University campuses is now so ridiculous that it has exceeded the Poe threshold - the limit beyond which normal satire is impossible because nothing you can invent is more ridiculous than real events. It is time that the people responsible for this nonsense were named and shamed, and if this causes a backlash that drives them out of their jobs then I will take that as a plus.

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Demands that you should ridicule

BLMHot on the heels of my posting on which ideas deserve ridicule came 'demands for white people' from Black Lives Matter. If anything in the world needs ridiculing it is this self-important deluded bunch of entitled prats. I have been suspicious of this group from the start. The supposed motivation for it was a number of incidents where black Americans were shot by the police, but right from the start it was clear that there was a much more insidious agenda and now it has been made public.
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Ideas that you should ridicule

ridiculousI spend a lot of time 'talking' to people in the US - I have quite a few on-line friends there. What happens in the US, in terms of social movements and trends, tends to reach the UK a while later, albeit usually in a slightly modified form. Keeping this in mind, I would like to take three idiotic notions from the US and highlight them. My goal is to encourage people to ridicule these ideas when they start to gain traction in the UK - they are already on the University campuses, so it is only a question of time.

Ridicule is, I think, the entirely appropriate response - criticising or otherwise engaging with this nonsense gives it an air of credibility it does not merit.

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Digital Minitrue

minitrue1Recent developments, particularly concerning social media, have prompted me to spend some time thinking about some weighty issues, such as current attitudes towards free expression; the state of the legacy news media; the future of social media on the internet; and how this all is likely to play out over the next decade.  Orwell fans may guess, from the title I've selected, that my conclusions are rather bleak.
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The Google 'Diversity' Row

echochamberIn this posting I want to talk about the current row caused by a Google employee distibuting an internal memo which has been falsely characterised as anti-diversity.  The employee was subsequently sacked and the media has taken a largely pro-Google line on the story with general mistrpresentation and spin being applied.  A doctored version of the memo was released and formed the basis for much media comment, but here I will be discussing the ACTUAL document.

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BBC Gender Pay Gap

The media is currently full of this 'story' - ie that the top earners at the BBC are men. The narrative is that this is a clear example of the gender pay gap and shows that women are being discriminated against - being paid less money for the same work. This narrative has not, to my knowledge, been challenged or even questioned in I will have to do it myself.
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Watching UK Universities

dwcccI've been watching the developing chaos and idiocy on US college/university campuses for a couple of years now, but over the last year or so I have seen the same brand of political ideology begin to take hold in UK Universities.  The most obvious symptom is a sudden abandonment of principles of free speech, and the adoption of policies and procedures which seek to censor expression and control and limit behaviour.  These are often backed by disciplinary procedures which have more in common with old South American banana republics than with western notions of free speech and political freedom.  The whole thing is generally couched in the language of anti-discrimination or equity and offers, as justification, the defence of various minority groups from the alleged oppression of right-wing extremists, aided by the patriarchal authorities.
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Gynocentrism in action

gynocentrismSuch is the power of the mythical narrative created by feminism that people are often amazed when I assert, completely without irony, that I believe UK society is heavily gynocentric - ie that our society discriminates heavily in favour of women, rather than men.

The standard feminist model is of a patriarchal society, devoted to keeping men in a position of privilege at the expense of women. Even the most cursory examination of this model, however, reveals it to be completely indefensible.

As usual I will try to ensure that any assertions I make here are fully supported by the relevant citations and sources in the footnotes, but because I know that many people will find much of this hard to believe, I have chosen my sources with great care. Where possible I have cited UK official government statistics. Where I have cited press articles I have deliberately selected the most left-leaning, pro-feminist source in the mainstream UK print media - the Guardian
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Hypocrisy in action

hypocrisyThe media reaction to the recent attack on a group of Muslims by a white man is instructive.  It was immediately characterised as a terrorist attack by all the media that I watched, listened to or read.  This characterisation has not, to my knowledge, been challenged or questioned to date. Until now.  As always in such postings, I feel it necessary to point out that I am in no way defending the actions of this person, which I consider to be completely reprehensible, and which should, and no doubt will, be dealt with to the full extent of the law. I would like to think that this is implicit, but experience tells me otherwise.
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Exploring morality

moralityOne of the few remaining arguments left to religious apologists is the morality argument. Without God, goes the argument, there is no objective standard of morality. Without God, they continue, all morality is nothing more than the subjective and alterable view of a particular culture in a particular time.  Therefore, they conclude with a flourish, there is no objective standard by which one can say that, for example (and they nearly always choose this particular example) torturing and killing a child is wrong.  
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Yet another atrocity by Muslim zealots

NotMeGuvI write this listening to the BBC coverage of the latest outrage in London. It sounds like a similar attack to the one a few months ago - drive a van at people to kill as many as you can, then pull out the knives and see how many you can stab.
I have ALREADY heard a politician saying that these murderers are not Muslims. LIAR - and worse than liar - MORON.  

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Power posting

renewable powerA recent posting by my soon to be niece prompted me to make a posting on energy - specifically on renewables. Emma is keen on renewables (as am I).  But Emma wants action NOW whilst Uncle Chris is sceptical and cautious. To Emma I am, no doubt, part of the problem.  I can see her point and I'm glad she is a bit of an idealist on this - if young people aren't idealists then what hope for the rest of us? :-)

What I want to do here is try to steer the conversation away from platitudes and into a real discussion of choices.  To do that I will be borrowing from a TED talk by David Mackay (links at the bottom) and doing a bit of number crunching of my own.
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Chicago Student Demands

ChicagoStudentsI have commented previously on the idiotic behaviour of students in major universities and the craven failure to clamp down on this by management teams.  I have also praised Chicago university for issuing a letter to new undergraduates telling them that there will be no trigger warnings, safe spaces and the rest of the current nonsense.

Well, we are about to see what the management are really made of. A group of students have issued a set of demands to the university.  I just hope that the management take one look, say no, then dismiss any students who have a problem with it.
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Brilliant new hoax

peer reviewThose who follow my writings will know that I hold nothing but contempt for post-structuralist/post-modernist social 'scientists'. I have made reference many times to the hoax by Alan Sokal1 that demonstrated that any notion of academic rigour in this area is laughable.  I am, therefore, delighted to see this view confirmed by a new version of the Sokal hoax.
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The Problems with the Left. 2/2

left problemRecap

In the first article, I looked at how the regressive left arose from the remnants of the revolutionary radical left, after most decided that they could no longer openly cling to classical Marxist theory.  I explained that having abandoned Marxism, with the promised utopian communist state that it predicted, the regressives no longer had a specific utopian end-point to talk about, but most still remain committed to the overthrow of the state in a Marxist-style revolution, even though they cannot say what, exactly, they would put in its place.
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The Problems with the Left. 1/2

regressive birthIn the UK the Labour party is currently a shambles. In the US the democrats managed to loose an election to a reality-show host. Clearly there are some serious issues with left wing politics in general. In this article I try to explain what the problem is and how it arose.
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Postmodernist Feminist Science Classics

irigarayIn these articles I intend to examine and roundly mock some of the funnier and more ignorant attempts to appear scientifically literate I know of. These are the Post-structuralist French bunch of poseurs responsible for much of the ills of higher education, intersectional feminism and post-modern idiocy in general.
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Case Study in the Dangers of Indoctrination

miloI've just been watching the fall-out from the riots on Berkeley campus over the Milo Yiannopoulos visit.   It is very interesting, as well as deeply disturbing.  The student activists, who were involved in the violence, have been justifying their actions in the press. Their justifications reveal much about the type of indoctrination they have been subjected to, and the dangers it poses.
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postmodernI have just finished reading 'Explaining Post-modernism' by Stephen Hicks and I can heartily recommend it.  Hicks traces the history of post-modernism from the enlightenment, through Kant and to the present. He highlights the various factors crucial to the formulation of post-modernism - philosophical, political, scientific and socio-economic - and gives a coherent and compelling description of how we got to where we are.
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Media Bias

MediaBias101Events over the last few days have persuaded me that I should interrupt my review of GuyLand to say something about media bias. The coverage of events in the US has marked a new low in journalistic integrity.
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Guyland Review. Part 2: Building on Sand

GuylandIn the first part of this review I looked at some of the starting assumptions the author has, and explained why some of them are highly contentious and others demonstrably false. In this part I want to try to give a fair summary of the conclusions Kimmel reaches in the book. To that end I will offer no critique or comment, simply as fair a summary as I can.

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Guyland - Kimmel's feminist critique of masculinity. Part 1: Founding fallacies

GuylandI've just finished reading Guyland - a book by feminist academic Michael Kimmel, which sets out a feminist analysis of modern masculinity.  

I found the book incredibly frustrating to read - I frequently caught myself almost shouting at the text, despite a determination to really try to understand Kimmel's position, and not simply read the book with one eye on rebuttal and critique.
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A Concise Summary of Western Feminist Claims

rape oopsI've addressed the bogus claims of feminist spokespersons in individual postings in this blog. In this posting I want to pull together all the significant claims made and a quick evaluation for each, with links to more in-depth reading.  In most cases the links are to other articles of mine, but these contain full citations and links to sources in their footnotes.

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Open letter to Philip Davies (MP)

PhilipDaviesHello Mr Davies,

we don't know each other and I'm not a constituent - nor even a Tory, come to that.

The reason I'm writing is to applaud your courageous personal/political stance on (anti)feminism, and to make it plain to you that you are far from alone.  I also want to assure you that you ARE correct in your analysis - critics can often be driven to doubt their own sanity/veracity in this area, I know from bitter experience.
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The year ahead

2017Now we are well into 2017 I want to say a few things about the coming year.  Firstly I took the decision, on Christmas day, to give up alcohol for a month. Like many people I drank alcohol regularly, and have done so for 35 years or more.  My consumption was quite a bit more than the recommended 14 units per week * (at least double, if I am honest), and although I cannot attribute any particular health or social problems to my drinking, I am aware that it must be doing damage on some level.
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Recent Rant Reproduced

 trumpI recently slightly lost my rag on Facebook over the amount of virtue-signalling attacks on Trump. Everyone is just so keen to stick it to him and establish how right-on they are and it makes me sick.  Rather than some honest reflection about why the left is being soundly trounced in more or less every opportunity the voter has to do so, the liberal left sit in their smug echo chambers and bemoan how everyone who doesn't share their views is either thick, bigoted, misled and therefore gullible, malicious, or a combination thereof.  The patronising smug makes it hard to breathe.
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Being right doesn't make you right

HitlerThere is still precious little evidence that those on the left have really taken on-board the lessons of the last year - particularly the brexit vote and the US Presidential result. Various commentators have opined about 'populist movements' and 'the resurgent right' which is, I believe, to completely miss the point.
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To colleagues in Canadian academia

wilcoxI have a message for colleagues in Canada's colleges and universities. SHAME ON YOU.

I suppose it should come as no surprise to see academics spinelessly going along with the establishment, no matter how much it acts against their stated principles.

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Trump and the future

trumpSo our American cousins have elected The Donald as their next President.  Social media is buzzing with regressive-lefties completely loosing their shit and behaving like teenagers in a strop. So, is the world about to end?
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Towards real gender equality

equalityAs someone who can fairly be described as an anti-feminist,the main challenge/criticism made of me, and of other critics of feminism, is that we are not proposing our own models and solutions but, instead, just criticising feminist efforts.   This criticism is entirely bogus because many models and solutions have been and are being proposed by the MRM and by others. The reason that these do not receive wider attention is that feminism is so embedded in modern society that the only way to advocate for real gender equality is to first tear-down much of the bogus theory, crazy models and 'common' knowledge that entrenches feminist theory in everyday life.
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Why 'Stop Funding Hate' is a bad idea

SFHThe girlfriend of my nephew has been sending various activism postings through to me on Facebook, and I have recently become aware of the 'Stop Funding Hate' campaign - targeting the sponsors of some newspapers perceived to publish more hateful articles than the rest (the Daily Mail being top of the list).  Emma is a smashing young woman and I admire her determination to act on, rather than whine about, those things she sees to be wrong in society.
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Time for some straight talking.

islamophobiaOne of the things I hate most about the regressive identity-based politics that has infected much of the left in Western Europe is the fundamental dishonesty it tries to enforce. Anyone stepping outside the 'permitted bounds' of their politically correct sensibilities is automatically not only in the wrong but also a bigot who deserves and should receive correction or punishment.
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Scam Bulletin

bsmeterFrom time to time I will try to post a 'scam update'. I spend a fair amount of time fact-checking and working with other sceptics to examine claims - particularly those which claim scientific support. This started when I used to help at the Science Forums - a bunch of us decided to set-up as an unofficial watchdog and check out claims that we suspected were bogus.
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Reinventing Socialist realism: Subdialectic theory and subconstructive neopatriarchialist theory

socialrealismI have added a few post-structuralist essays to my blog. The reason for this is mainly to highlight the utter contempt I have for this type of 'academic writing' and my complete lack of respect for those who indulge in it. I have spent a fair amount of time reading articles written in this sort of post-modernist language and my conclusion, after many such attempts, is that it is complete bollox. The reason for the ridiculously obfuscatory language is simple - it is there precisely to obfuscate - to hide the basic fact that there is no content.
If you are wondering why I spent hours writing this drivel - I didn't. These essays are generated by a piece of software.

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Issues of Gender

I have avoided getting too deeply into this 'hot button' issue with modern feminism. The reason is mainly because I have no special expertise in biology and therefore not much science to bring to any debate. I have realised, however, that science is being explicitly excluded from the debate in any case - so I may as well have my say.
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Postcapitalist dematerialism in the works of Rushdie

salman rushdieHere's another example of an academic paper in the style of the post-structural numpties infecting academia.   This time the computer  I decided to write about Salman Rushdie. 

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Online abuse and related matters

main trollI have previously blogged on the matter but some recent events prompt me to re-address this issue here.

My blog postings are not, I think, offensive or bigoted,  but obviously some think otherwise and I have recently received some ''feedback' from people in that category. In the main it is unimaginative personal abuse of the sort routinely seen online and I simply bin it. The old advice on this is still, in my view, the best - don't feed the trolls.
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The Broken Fruit: Patriarchialist feminism in the works of Burroughs

William BurroughsAnother post-structuralist, post-modern gem from my computer me.  I'm getting good at this - I think I might start applying for university lecturing jobs in gender studies faculties.....

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The Fatal flaw of Class: The precultural paradigm of expression in the works of Spelling.

poststructuralismHere is a postmodern paper on the thorny issue of class.  I'm thinking of sending this one to Labyrinth - the inestimable journal of postmodernism. I'm sure they would publish my computer's masterpiece.
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The Red Pill

blue pill A new documentary has been stirring up feminists like crazy. It takes a close look at one of the most reviled groups I am aware of - Men's Rights Activists (MRAs)  in the Men's Rights Movement (MRM).
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US Presidential Election

The question I am asked most at the moment is what I think of the candidates in the US Presidential Election. Since I am not, and have never claimed to be, any sort of expert in US politics I have tended to shy away from comment. 
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Conspiracy? err....

conspiracy theory alertConspiracy theory is something we all flirt with at some points in our lives.  Something happens and it seems that 'official' explanations just don't stack-up.

I've just had a very personal reminder of how easy it is to see conspiracy in events.  I was suspended from work recently. The reason was that a certain video on my Youtube channel was causing 'concern'. This had been reported to my employer by a school at which I was then working - which happened to be a Catholic school.
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Women are doing it TO themselves.

burchillAnother posting on feminism? Well. sort of, but not entirely. (Oh....ok..yes it IS about women - but not exclusively feminists - just mostly.)

What am I gibbering about you are probably ready to ask? The issue of online abuse and harassment is my answer.
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Fact vs Feminism - Criminal Justice

Every time I think I can move onto something new I come across another feminist outrage that screams for redress.

The latest is the concerted effort from the 'movement concerned only with gender equality' to do away with gender equality in the court and prison systems.

The BBC has been at the forefront of a long running campaign designed to ensure more lenient treatment for female criminals. Woman's Hour, in particular1, has devoted a lot of time to the issue over the last months.
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Update on rape postings

bsmeterIn other postings I have looked at feminist claims about rape (here) and the pressure, largely from feminist activists, to change the law on rape (here). In this posting I want to look at a couple of recent cases which, I believe, tell us much more about motivations and agendas.
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BA = Brainwashed Activists?

VictimA YouTube regular (Sargon of Akkad) recently launched a petition calling for the temporary suspension of all University courses based around Social Justice.
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Don't look through a lens

fanaticismMy blog contains a lot of material criticising two groups in particular - religions and feminism. In this posting I want to look at an important characteristic of fanatics in general and explain why it fails.
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Power & Gender

gender powerI know, I know - I promised to leave the subject of feminism for a time, and I'm immediately going back to it. There is still something niggling away and I need to work it through before I can be happy to leave the issue.

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Privilege and Oppression

oppressedI want to round off my recent blog postings on feminism with this posting which looks at the raison d'etre for Feminism and makes the case that it is wrong, was wrong, and has never, in fact, been correct.
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Bikerman's Personal Statament

Gosh that sounds pompous doesn't it? This entry is in response to several questions / requests from readers, friends and relatives. I get asked for my opinion on various things quite often and I normally give a jokey reply. Where do I stand? In the toilets, waiting for a train, in the queue....

Trigger warning - SJWs - go to your safe zone now. Do not read. Contains hate-speech.
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Offensive religious assertions

offensiveYesterday another religious type told me they found my views on religion offensive. This was AFTER they asked me what I thought about the new Pope. I simply told them, bluntly, but with no bad language or obscenity.
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Types of Troll

forumtrollI've been using the internet since long before the web was invented.  In the early days (1980s) the internet was a VERY different place. It was used almost exclusively by academics and the military (military traffic only rarely appeared on the academic networks, for the most part we didn't see the .mil hosts, only the
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Woo's Woo in Creationism

shitAnyone who spends any time on the web, particularly if you hang out where the debate might involve religion, will almost certainly have come across the US fundamentalist creationists.
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Changing the law on rape

accusation evidenceI am hearing much talk around rape and the necessity to 'do something' about the 'terrible conviction rates'. This article, more than any other, is likely to draw condemnation and abuse from the feminist loonies because it takes an honest and frank look at something which feminists lie about more than anything else - rape1.
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Young Earth Creationism

NoahYoung Earth Creationism is, to fans of Douglas Adams, strangely familiar. It takes a while to spot the link - but it is there. Milliways - the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
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Top Feminist Myths

stupidburnsTaking a look at the most commonly repeated falsehoods from feminists. Any impartial observer will have noticed that feminists - like many fundamentalist religious - place a low value on truthfulness. My hypothesis is that they are so certain of the truth of their case that getting details and facts correct seems to them like insignificant quibbling. That, at least, is the most charitable explanation I can come up with.
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There is something wrong when....

pushingCurrently 15% of US boys (under 16) are diagnosed as ADHD and are being given Ritalin or a similar amphetamine-based medication.They are now drugging girls in large numbers as well - about half as many as boys.  So how can we account for this epidemic of ADHD? Quite simply. The behaviour hasn't changed, the expectations have.
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Time to clean house

Anna HMI have written before on the infection of academia by postmodernism/poststructuralism. In this posting I was to explain what I mean and how we came to this sorry state.
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Simple metric for deciding on religious claims to 'truth'

bible scholarsHaving just watched my first debate of the new year (an old one, on religion, featuring John Lennnox) the old issue of evidence featured strongly. Lennox, predictably, insisted his faith is based on sound evidence and the sane people noted that he provided nothing to support that assertion.
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Open letter/response to Emma Watson

watsonOriginal interview by Liz Connor

Emma Watson is the latest in a growing line of celebrities who suddenly feel qualified to lecture on the meaning and goals of feminism.

How she suddenly discovered this expertise is left to our imagination but presumably it involved some weird and wonderful arcane mysticism and waving a magic twig around. It certainly didn't involve reading the relevant studies and papers.

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A response to 48 things you won't hear a man say

WithUsOrAgainstUsA campaign from Anita and co lists 48 things a man will not (supposedly) hear but a woman will (I think their list stinks). I've done a reverse list in reply, but I could only be bothered to do 25 (more than a dozen of their 48 are bogus anyway).
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A response to 32 types of anti-feminist

This is a graphic response to a recent cartoon posted on a feminist website lampooning anti-feminists. I have kept the structure and made a few changes to the content :-)
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Why third wave feminism is dangerous nonsense

wavesThird wave feminism has given rise to a whole new generation of Social Justice Warriors who see it as their role to police political correctness, as defined by the feminists themselves. This is (as a feminist would say) problematic.
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Simple impossible problem in maths

impossible somethingThere are many things that we cannot yet prove mathematically, but here is one of the simplest. It is known as the Collatz conjecture (a conjecture is the term used in maths to mean an idea which seems to be true but has not yet rigorously proven to be so).


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5 Questions

Not real feminismOver the past months I have looked more deeply into feminism than I had previously done. What I found disturbed and angered me.
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Examining Feminist Claims - Part 2

Research My second look at the information coming out of feminism and how much it can be trusted.
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Examining Feminist Claims Part 1 - Gender Pay Gap

paygapSome time ago I promised to post something on this issue - the claimed gap in pay between women and men. So, here is the promised article.
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Euler Identity

BeautyI was sat contemplating yesterday. I'd been working on an article for this site and I was getting stale - trying to spot an error that would have been obvious a couple of hours before - a sure sign that it is time to stop what you are doing and do something else for a while.
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Bikerman's Guide to Special Relativity (LONG)

dilationThis is a guide to Einstein's theory of Special Relativity aimed at the non scientist. No prior knowledge is assumed, but I will need to assume that you are familiar with basic arithmetic, and that you know something, even if only a very little, about algebra.
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We Stink at Stats

ExplodingHeadAs I have noted in other writing, humans, as a species, stink at statistics. I don't mean maths in general - though plenty of us stink at that. I mean statistics, and particularly probabilities and risk calculation.
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You cheeky buggers!

VolksiSo Volkswagen have been caught at it eh?  Surely nobody is suprised to hear that the motor industry fiddles the emission figures for their cars?  This has been known for decades.  The surprise here is the sheer brass neck of the Germans.  They kitted the cars out with computer management systems specifically designed to detect and deceive officials doing the required tests on the vehicles.

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The GASP scale

measurementI am someone known to like a metric. I tend to the belief that if you can't measure it then it probably ain't there. I am often disappointed, therefore, when it comes to discussions of likelihoods, probabilities and the like.
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Sam Harris, Islam and Racism

afflekOver the pond there has been much chat over an incident on a chat show involving Sam Harris and Ben Affleck. It raises some wider issues which I think are worth looking at.
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Thought Crime

thoughtpoliceFor  anyone who has read George Orwell's 1984, the notion of thought crime probably sends a shiver down the spine - that certainly applies to me. Most people would readily agree that people should be judged on what they do, not what they think.

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Feminism and Religion

feminismSome time ago I was subjected to some stupidity by a few self-identifying feminists. Naturally I don't assume that their ridiculous behaviour is in any way representative of feminism but it piqued my curiosity enough that I spent some time looking into feminism.
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You Believe WHAT?

megaThe main tactic of creationists has always been to attack evolutionary theory and introduce religiously inspired 'science' into schools. This tactic makes sense - the only way to guarantee the spread of their beliefs is to somehow get it taught in the schools.
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Precise chaos

bifurcationYou may remember doing quadratic equations at school - or some of you may be engineers or scientists and use quadratics regularly. The problem with them was always that a very large number cannot be solved - or they can be solved, but they give 'complex' answers.
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Evolution Basics 2 Chance

rouletteReligious opposition to evolutionary theory has consistently sought to focus on mis-characterising the theory to make it less credible with the public at large. A major part of this is the repeated insistence that evolution is a 'random' or 'chance' process.

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Material and .... ?

chopraIn many of my debates with theists the subject will turn to materialism.  My opponent will criticize me for being a materialist and say that this is why I am 'blind' to spirituality and the evidence for their particular God.

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Top Creationist Canards

pinocchio nose growingAnyone who has debated creationists will be aware that, whatever their character away from debate, they often have no problem breaking their 9th commandment when talking to atheists.

Specifically and explicitly, I am saying that creationist apologists can be expected to lie. That is a general rule with (perhaps) some exceptions, not the other way around.
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Why you should be a sceptic

scepticFirst let me be clear about what a sceptic is, and is not. A sceptic, in the sense I am using the word1, is someone who is reluctant to fully accept an idea or position without satisfactory evidence.
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The Problem of Induction

reasoningThere is widespread public misunderstanding about the basics of how science functions. This allows the dishonest to make what appear to be powerful attacks on science, with the average person not able to spot the way in which their misunderstanding is being exploited.
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Evolution Basics - 1. Definitions

Evolution is the focus of most attack by fundamentalist religious - particularly creationists and some Muslims. This short series of essays is designed to give a background in evolutionary terms and theory, and point out the flaws and fallacies in the religiously inspired attempt to rubbish the theory.
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Why I don't believe in God(s)

BikerLogoDevilIn this essay I am going to try and summarise the reason that, speaking right now, I don't believe in God(s). WARNING - this will be a long and perhaps rambling essay. This is a massive issue which I have been thinking about for 40 years, so don't expect brevity.
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Dealing with Apologists Moral Absolute

creationAdamIn this series of mini essays I want to deal with some of the arguments made by the most popular apologists. By 'popular' I mean apologists who are on public media, including on-line media.
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Why do I care?

inquisitionA question I am frequently asked - usually by theists in debate - is why I care what people believe. It is often phrased something like....
"Why do you waste time on the subject of religion when you don't believe in a God?"
"Why don't you just let people believe what they want to believe and leave them alone?"
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I'll not believe it when I see it

shadowAt one time eye-witness testimony was the gold standard in criminal trials. Certainly I can remember that being the case. Over time, however, we began to get an appreciation of just how BAD we are at seeing, remembering and recalling. If you think squares A and B are different colours then your eyes are not so reliable either :-)
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Christian Arrogance

JesusBoyo2I have lost count of the number of times I have heard a Christian mocking another religion as 'crazy' or 'obviously fake'. Often they will be talking about a group that self-define as Christians. Examples include Christian Scientists, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Pascal's Wager

Pascal One of the most frequent questions that I am asked by theists - and I suspect this is true for most atheists - is some version of Pascal's Wager. For those who may be unfamiliar with this famous argument, it goes something like this:
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Teach the controversy?

If you haven't read Intelligent Design - Context then I would suggest that you do before reading this.

In this article I want to examine the history of the creationist 'Teach the Controversy' campaign in the early 2000s.
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Intelligent Design Context

creationAdamI thought this had been killed-off when the creationists lost in an American court at the Dover trial. Unfortunately I still see and hear from people who insist that ID is a legitimate scientific theory, and that it should be taught alongside evolution.
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