Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Twisting language is generally the easiest way to evade unpleasant truths. The Guardian, the British liberal-left newspaper, offered a good example, in the wake of the Islamist killings in Copenhagen. Under the heading SCANDINAVIANS VALUE FREE SPEECH, BUT NOW THEY NEED TO BE PRACTICAL, Andrew Brown ...Read More...
Posted on 02/18/2015 6:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 15 February 2015
In the past, medical journals, pharmaceutical companies and researchers themselves have been criticized for publishing selectively only their positive results, that is to say, the results that they wanted to find. This is important because accentuation of the positive can easily mislead the medical ...Read More...
Posted on 02/15/2015 6:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 12 February 2015
For those disinclined to believe in coincidence, the date of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, January 7, and that of the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, Soumission (Submission), in which a Muslim is elected President of France, were linked in some unspecified way, though it will ...Read More...
Posted on 02/12/2015 5:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 2 February 2015
Life is a long succession of vested interests, though we are inclined to see everyone’s but our own. The term now having mainly a negative connotation, we usually think of some interests—namely those of a pecuniary nature—as being more vested than others. A money-interest is widely thought to be more ...Read More...
Posted on 02/02/2015 4:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 26 January 2015
Medical history is instructive, if for no other reason than that it might help to moderate somewhat the medical profession’s natural inclination to arrogance, hubris and self-importance. But the medical curriculum is now too crowded to teach it to medical students and practicing doctors are too busy ...Read More...
Posted on 01/26/2015 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 23 January 2015
Steven Emerson, the expert on terrorism, has caused a sigh of relief among the bien pensants of the Western world. By making inaccurate and false claims on Fox News, he has enabled them to pour righteous scorn on him and thereby avoid thinking about uncomfortable social realities.
Emerson claimed ...Read More...
Posted on 01/23/2015 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Political correctness is an informal system of partial censorship but it is not nearly as recent as we are inclined to imagine. It has always existed. If birds of a feather flock together, so do intellectuals of like opinion; and while intellectuals think of themselves as fearless seekers after truth, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/22/2015 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 10 January 2015
The shots in the Paris street that were seen and heard around the world killed Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim policeman going to the defense of Charlie Hebdo: a reminder that by no means all Muslims in France, far from it, are France-hating, Allahu-akbar-shouting fanatics, and that many are well-integrated. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/10/2015 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 9 January 2015
How long would it take for a Western journalist to blame the Charlie Hebdo murders on French colonialism and journalistic insensitivity to the feelings of Muslims? Not nearly as long, I suspected, as it would take a journalist in the Muslim world to blame them on the legacy of Mohammed and Islam.
And ...Read More...
Posted on 01/09/2015 6:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Shostakovich, in his memoirs (whose authenticity some have disputed), describes a minister in the Soviet Union praising a great Soviet cultural event, such as (says Shostakovich) the closing of a theater. Not very long ago, the medical director of the hospital in which I used to work sent an e-mail ...Read More...
Posted on 01/08/2015 10:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 5 January 2015
The relation between morality and law is (or ought to be) complex and subtle: the two are neither identical nor entirely separate. Once upon a time everyone seemed to understand this, as if by instinct; but the instinct, if it ever existed, has been lost. When someone says, by way of excuse for his ...Read More...
Posted on 01/05/2015 6:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple