Denialism and My Comments Policy

On the first day of my college freshman physics class, my professor brought out a boxful of letters from cranks. He read one of them out. It was from a man who claimed that he’d proven the laws of thermodynamics wrong and that he’d invented a perpetual motion machine. Of course, he hadn’t. The machine he… Continue reading Denialism and My Comments Policy

Richard J Evans On Conspiracy Theory And the Reichstag Fire

A fascinating article on the Reichstag Fire by historian Richard J Evans appears in the London Review of Books. An excerpt: The Third Reich was founded on a conspiracy theory. The Communists, the Nazis’ most implacable opponents, had won 17 per cent of the vote in the last completely free elections of the Weimar Republic,… Continue reading Richard J Evans On Conspiracy Theory And the Reichstag Fire

Summer of Long Knives Holiday Buying Guide

Here you’ll find a list of gifts perfect for someone who’s already bought, read, stolen, or otherwise wrangled a copy of Summer of Long Knives. (Of course, if you haven’t read Summer, I recommend you find a way to remedy that. But that’s another story.) 1. DVD: The Nazis: A Warning From History Thanks to the History Channel, we’ve… Continue reading Summer of Long Knives Holiday Buying Guide