Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


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The no-platforming of feminists in Britain, on Twitter and elsewhere; or, Why Paul Mason News UK has blocked several feminists, Lady Gaga and President Obama

Posted 17-Feb-2015 at 09:07 PM (21:07) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 17-Feb-2015 at 10:57 PM (22:57) by Gurdur

On Sunday, a letter, protesting in the name of free speech against the no-platforming of feminists, and signed by over a hundred British academics, activists, scientists and others, was published by the Observer. That letter was also signed by the very well-known Prof. Mary Beard (@wmarybeard) and Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell), both of whom came in for sustained attack and harassment on Twitter all Sunday and Monday - and the harassment continues. Prof. Mary Beard wrote a little about the attacks...
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Unproductive disagreement and academic bloodsports

Posted 10-Feb-2013 at 12:56 AM (00:56) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

I blogged last on the value of productive disagreement, inspired by a tweet from professor of classics Mary Beard (@wmarybeard). Here is a link to that post of mine, and now comes the part about when disagreement becomes unproductive, something rather relevant to the skepticism and atheism blogospheres today, not only to the worlds of science-communication (#scicomm), history and philosophy.

One major problem is academic bloodsports - the fact that quite a few academics really like...
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Productive disagreement

Posted 09-Feb-2013 at 07:41 PM (19:41) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 09-Feb-2013 at 07:51 PM (19:51) by Gurdur

In connection with the very recent discussion on the discovery of Richard III's skeleton, the noted professor of classics Mary Beard made a very important point, that being about the value of productive disagreement. In connection with the discussion about University of Leicester branding on the archeology work, there were many different issues brought up, none of which will ever be truly settled, and all of which will continue to be big issues for the foreseeable long-term future. In a complex...
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