Ken Perrott

Dr Ken Perrott trained as a chemist and his research background is in surface chemistry, soil science and fertiliser chemistry. After working in the DSIR (Chemistry Division and Soil Bureau), MAF, MAFTech and AgResearch he is now retired. Ken enjoys discussion of the wider social and philosophical issue surrounding science. Unfortunately these issues are often misrepresented in our society and he believe scientists have a responsibility to counter unscientific thinking and movements. This is one of the reasons Ken got into blogging, starting up Open Parachute in the middle of 2007.

Kids — it’s OK to be different! - Open Parachute

Jun 23, 2010

Book Review: Why Don’t We Go to Church? by Gail Miller (Author), Rosalind Eagle (Author), Angela Seear (Illustrator). Price: US$8.99; International US$10.99 Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 51 pages Publisher: Art Bookbindery; First edition (May 6, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0986587605 ISBN-13: 978-0986587603 Book website: Why Don’t We Go To Church? Adults, even parents, are probably [...]

Apologies would be nice - Open Parachute

Jun 18, 2010

Blimey! This whole climate change issue is so political – you have to be very careful what you say. Climate scientists, especially, are being quoted out of context, or even misquoted. Remember the distortion of Phil Jones’ comment on the increase in global temperature in the last decade not being statistically significant? I guess that’s [...]

Journalists create world’s first artificial news story! - Open Parachute

Jun 01, 2010

Image via Wikipedia I guess this little joke had to come. After the one about Venter’s new synthetic life form disapproving of God playing scientist (see God, stop ‘playing science’ ) we now have from the same source (NewsBisciut) breaking news of the world’s first synthetic news story about DNA (Journalists create world’s first artificial news [...]

Don’t trust Monckton! - Open Parachute

Jun 01, 2010

This is a great presentation which needs wider coverage. In it Professor John Abraham from the School of Engineering (University of St Thomas, Minnesota) does an excellent job of dissecting Lord Christopher Monckton’s deceit on climate change. Not a single one of Monckton’s claims stand up to scrutiny (see Abraham presentation or click on image). [...]

This is scary! - Open Parachute

May 31, 2010

Well it must be for citizens of Louisiana and the surrounding US states on the Gulf of Mexico. There are nearly 4,000 active oil and gas platforms in the area! Obviously an accident just waiting to happen. Well actually we might expect several accidents. As PZ Myer points out (A constructive suggestion for retribution against [...]

Theological intrusions into science - Open Parachute

May 31, 2010

It’s no secret. I have no time for theology. I try to stay away from debates about existence of gods as I think it is a mug’s game. Evidence gets distorted or invented. And logic gets skewed. The UK Humanist Terry Sanderson has a brief article about this in the Guardian (see Theology – truly [...]