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.

Why Don’t We Go To Church? - Open Parachute

May 26, 2010

Saw this recently and it immediately thought this would be a great book for my youngest granddaughter. She told me recently that she had been picked on by some of here school friends because she said she believed in evolution. This discussion quickly turned to belief in a god. It ended up with her having [...]

Sneaky scientists - Open Parachute

May 24, 2010

This little snippet from  Michael Tobis (see Scientist Sneaks Science into Heartland Meeting). “Apparently Prof. Scott Denning of Colorado State has tricked the Heartland Institute into accepting a talk entitled “Debunking Common Myths About Global Warming” for their annual conference caucus this year. The joke is on them. It turns out that the presentation is [...]

The heart of opposition to climate science - Open Parachute

May 21, 2010

The Heartland Institute’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change occured this week in Chicago, USA. It was basically a gathering of activists opposed to climate change science and/or political measures to deal with global warming. It’s worth looking at the programme and the list of co-sponsors. These reveal the nature of the political and ideological [...]

What’s that about global cooling? - Open Parachute

May 19, 2010

After all the talk about global cooling, or lack of global warming, here’s a nice little graph to illustrate the misuse of statistics. It also illustrates why climate change contrarians and deniers love to start their measurements from 1998. Its from Paul Krugman’s Blog at the New York Times (see How Will They Spin This?). [...]

Supporting good science communication - Open Parachute

May 17, 2010

If you have watched any of the short videos from YouTube channel, Climate Denial Crock of the Week, you will appreciate how good they are. Always well produced they deal with specific arguments made by climate change deniers and contrarians. Well, the author is in a competition for a $5,000 grant. If he wins he [...]

The Dawkins Delusions - Open Parachute

May 10, 2010

Actually, some people call them the “Dawkins Tantrums.” There’s no doubt about it though – there is a controversy around Richard Dawkins. Just mention his name in the blogosphere and you get all sorts of extreme reactions. Almost always negative. Sure, you will get some, usually milder and more reasonable, positive reactions. After all, he [...]

Climate change and the integrity of science - Open Parachute

May 07, 2010

Here is the lead letter published in today’s issue of Science magazine. It’s signed by 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should [...]

Natural selection or domestication? - Open Parachute

May 03, 2010

Image via Wikipedia Apparently scientists from Environmental Science and Research (ESR) have established that cannabis grown in New Zealand is four times stronger than when they last tested 14 years ago ( see Cannabis grown in NZ stronger than ever, study finds). I wonder if this is just an example of evolution by natural selection. [...]