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.

Thinking of our grandchildren - Open Parachute

Apr 30, 2010

Book Review: Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen Price: US$16.50* Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 8, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1608192008 ISBN-13: 978-1608192007 Climate change contrarians and deniers love to hate James Hansen. He’s up there alongside Al [...]

Climate scientist sues newspaper for false reporting - Open Parachute

Apr 23, 2010

Here is a press release I picked up last night: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – April 21, 2010) – University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver, the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis, launched a lawsuit today in BC Supreme Court against three writers at The National Post (and the newspaper as a whole), over [...]

Climategate, Lord Monckton and Monty Python - Open Parachute

Apr 23, 2010

Christopher Monckton is held in awe by some of the more naive climate change deniers. For a more objective assessment of his abilities and reliability have a look at these videos. Debunking Lord Monckton Part 1. Debunking Lord Monckton Part 2 See also: Monckton requires religious certification for scientists? Permalink Similar articles

Climate change deniers wallets threatened - Open Parachute

Apr 22, 2010

Apparently climate scientist Michael Mann has threatened legal action* against Minnesotans for Global Warming (M4GW) over their  video “Hide the Decline.” This used the comment from the “climategate” emails to portray a dishonest and slanderous picture of Mann. The video has been heavily promoted by climate change deniers and conservative  groups, news outlets and blogs [...]

Libel Reform campaign continues - Open Parachute

Apr 16, 2010

For the back story to this photograph have a look at Suppressing science, A victory for Simon Singh and BCA libels Simon Singh? For the article that upset the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) see Beware the Spinal Trap. Better still, have a look at the original article which is now back up on the Guardian [...]

RIP Antony Flew - Open Parachute

Apr 16, 2010

If only! Several Christian apologetics blogs have commented on Antony Flew’s recent death (see Antony Flew 1923-2010, Antony Flew dies at 87, Theology Geek, and Professor Antony Flew – Obituary…). The unfortunate aspect of these blogs is that they indulge in a little bit of “body snatching.” Not that this didn’t happen before Flew’s death. [...]

Officially a fake scandal from science perspective - Open Parachute

Apr 15, 2010

Well, the latest report from inquiries into the “climategate” affair confirm that the scientific conclusions of climate scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), University of East Anglia stand on “solid ground.” The report is clear – relatively short and well worth reading. (Download Report of the International Panel set up by the University of [...]