We have some treats in store for you this week, with a special history-themed newsletter. You will find compelling essays on topics as wide ranging as the history of the antimafia movement in Italy, the attack on Nat King Cole in Birmingham Alabama, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather 50 years on, and an exploration of the ways in which technology has freed us from exploitation and oppression (contrary to some popular narratives).
In our Science + Tech section this week, you will find two important articles on the proliferation of anti-scientific attitudes in different domains. The first is a report by a German academic on the growth of gender ideology in his country, with scientists suffering backlash for presenting basic biological facts to the public. The other is on an insidious anti-science campaign emerging in Wikipedia articles relating to human intelligence.
And finally, don't miss Jonathan Kay’s debunking of a recent media-fuelled social panic. In 2021, the New York Times reported that mass graves of children had been found at residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada. Yet to date, no evidence of graves or human remains has been found, and the reporting remains uncorrected.
Until next week,
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