Sunday, February 10, 2008

Quackery update

New word: Counterknowledge. And the site linked to there has some useful links as well.

And - changing the subject - here's The Chicago School, and how Scorcese would direct a film about them.

Lastly, I don't know what to think about this Archbishop to impose Sharia Law business. Perhaps it's more a case of not being bothered to think about it at all.

I was at least hoping that Spiked could come up with something supporting him (but not in that woozy-minded 'actually, if you read what he actually said, actually, you'll find that he didn't actually say that people should actually have their hands chopped off for not paying their parking fines, actually' sort of way).

But there's nothing there yet. We can only live in hope.


mikeovswinton said...

The full text of Rowan Williams' speech is on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website. A quick once over suggests that there is a lot of thought behind the speech, regardless of what you think of its contents. An initial view is that he may be raising issues that are not a million miles away from those raised by the likes of GDH Cole around the time of the Guild Socialist movement. Cole, and also to some extent Laski, were into Pluralism in a big way - looking at Group rights. ("Social Theory" by Cole is the key text here.) The best recent thing on this was a book called "The Pluralist State" by (if memory serves) David Nicholls. Interestingly, he was another high church, leftish Anglican cleric.I think he was famous for having a parrot that swore in rather recherche ways, but I might be wrong here.

mikeovswinton said...

Yup, David Nicholls. Do a bit of googling and I think you might start to see where this speech is coming from. His parrot was called "Archbishop William Paley" and appears to have written letters to newspapers from time to time. Clever parrot.