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Captain Moonlight: These are a few of my unfavourite things

HO! YO! MILLENNIUM! No, come on, you must join in! It's that time of the year. And, seeing as this is a very special year having that time, your Captain thought he would treat you to a bumper dose of traditional Moonlight entertainment. Yes, it's that all-time old favourite, the Captain's big list of people, phrases and general phenomena of which he has had far, far too much, thank you very much! Conventionally, this would take the form of 99 people, etc, we don't want to see in 00. But, being where we are, this list will be the 99 Etc of the last 1,000 years! Equally conventionally with these list thingies, you will notice that most of the 99 Etc objected to have happened in the last few weeks or so. Ready? Off we go! The 99 Etc That The Captain Hopes Never To Hear Of Again On The Grounds Of Purely Personal Choler are:

Tuesday Book: Gene wars - the Third Way

DESIGN FOR A LIFE: HOW BEHAVIOUR DEVELOPS BY PATRICK BATESON AND PAUL MARTIN, JONATHAN CAPE, pounds 19.99

Faith & Reason: The blurs in the background of my story

The globalisation of Western culture - not least its individualism - may ultimately destabilise the value of human life

Book Review: Doing good for Darwin

Jonathan Aitken got it wrong. Honesty does pay - in the very long run. By Andrew Brown; As We Know It: coming to terms with an evolved mind by Marek Kohn Granta, pounds 17.99, 326pp

Science: Darwin updated

It seems that key genes can bring about sudden, huge changes in body form - and may account for `missing links' in the evolution of species.

What the Dickens?

The column: Howard Jacobson has only been back in the UK for a short while. But that's been long enough for the state of our television to confound his great expectations

Linguistic Notes: Collapse of the language nativists

A BUZZWORD of 1990s pop psychology is "language instinct". According to Steven Pinker's best-selling book of that title, mankind inherits knowledge of language structure. Just as the patterning of a peacock's tail is mapped in peacock genes, so Pinker and others claim that the fine detail of phrases, clauses and sentences is mapped in human genes. These "linguistic nativists" urge that we do not really learn our mother tongue. In a sense we are born knowing most of it.

Does London need its own literary fest?

Next week sees the launch of a significant addition to the London cultural scene: a 10-day literary festival called The Word. The programme embraces 350 readings, debates, performances, workshops and lectures throughout London's 33 boroughs. It includes some obvious highlights - appearances by international luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, JM Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Heller, Doris Lessing, Jan Morris and Derek Walcott - and an abundance of more modest events: poetry workshops in local libraries, talks on science fiction, radio drama and children's book illustration.

Books: Gigantic lumbering metaphors

The Darwin Wars

Making dinosaurs is merely a fantasy; Podium

From a speech to the American Association of the Advancement of Science conference, in Anaheim, California

Science & Technology: Baffled by bad science

The recent row over genetically-modified food has exposed our ignorance.

Letter: Immortal Dawkins

Sir: Richard Dawkins and Stephen Pinker ("At the altar of the atheists", 13 February) are wrong about souls. The ghost in the machine is a confused, 17th-century idea that never had much going for it. They should read Aquinas, who holds that the soul is the form of the body.

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Suddenly people are queuing to see scientists, philosophers, writers. What's afoot?
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