Tagged: Science in Society

Book review: Protecting Paradise - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Oct 21, 2016

A new book on the history and science of 1080 in New Zealand goes beyond simply relaying facts and instead delves deep into science denial and the psyche of those who favour conspiracy over science. Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the fight to save New Zealand’s wildlife, written by Dave Hansford and published by Potton & Burton, covers the … Read More

Unlocking a whole lot more Curious Minds - Curious and Curiouser

Victoria Metcalf May 20, 2016

These are exciting times for public science engagement in New Zealand. Last week 44 projects were successful in receiving a total of $2 million in the 2016 funding round for Unlocking Curious Minds. The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund in official language: supports innovative projects that will excite and engage New Zealanders, particularly young people (aged 18 years and under), … Read More

Silencing Science: in the long run, openness is the better strategy - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 10, 2016

The new book Silencing Science, by University of Auckland physicist Professor Shaun Hendy highlights some recent examples of where scientists have been missing in action when the public needed their knowledge and insights the most. I can personally relate to this. During the Fonterra botulism scare, the 2014 Yersinia outbreak and for periods in the wake of … Read More

A week of science about to kick off - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 19, 2014

Next week is going to be science-central in Auckland – literally thousands of scientists will be in town for a number of major conferences, many of which are accompanied by public events. World New Zealand Science Week groups together everything from the SCAR Antarctic research conference to the ICSU General Assembly. I’m even hosting my Science Media … Read More

The Scientific Method On TV - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 29, 2013

Last week Michael Edmonds asked “Which TV Show Best Demonstrates the Scientific Method?” Various shows where suggested such as CSI and NCIS. Bones made an appearance in the comments as one show that exhibits a fair amount of pseudoscience along with it’s “real” science. House was praised for it’s attention to hypothesis generation and testing. [&hellip … Read More

Science and the ’supernatural’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 19, 2011

I have discussed the issue of “supernaturalism” and science before but return to it having just read  Can Science Test Supernatural Worldviews?  by Dr  Yonatan I. Fishman. It’s an excellent paper which I recommend you read as it may challenge … Continue reading → … Read More

Are scientists hostile to religion? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 11, 2011

Book review: Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund. Price: US$19.72; NZ$59.97 Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (May 6, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0195392981 ISBN-13: 978-0195392982 This book reports on the recent  Religion … Continue reading → … Read More

Converting beliefs to ’truths’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 10, 2011

Michael Shermer‘s latest book looks interesting – The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. Chris Mooney interviews him about the book in the latest Point of Inquiry podcast … Continue reading → … Read More