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RIP Antony Flew

Ken Perrott 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. [...] … Read More

Officially a fake scandal from science perspective

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

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Dangerous science denial

Ken Perrott Apr 15, 2010

Science denial seems to be rampant at the moment. The climate change denial promoted by “climategate” is just an extreme current example. We still face other forms of science denial with respect to evolutionary science, alternative medicines, spiritualism, etc. Even bloody  alternative fertilisers, for god’s sake! So this TED talk by Michael Spector is timely. [...] … Read More

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Arresting comedy

Ken Perrott Apr 12, 2010

We are advised to take what we read in the newspapers with a grain of salt. For good reason. So the headline Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI was suspicious. It turns out Dawkins had very little to do with the story. He explained: “Needless to say, I did NOT say “I will [...] … Read More

A more transparent approach

Ken Perrott Apr 11, 2010

A recent statment from the Royal Society of NZ has drawn out some comment. Entitled Science, Climate Change and Integrity it is by  Professor Keith A Hunter. Of course some of the local climate change deniers have been busy raking up pseudo-scientific arguments to discredit the article (see Errors in Royal Society of NZ climate [...] … Read More

Orbital debris, the ISS, moon and sun

Ken Perrott Apr 09, 2010

Here’s an animation showing the accumulation of debris in near earth orbit due to human activity since 1957. It does look very cluttered but remember the articles aren’t to scale. YouTube – Space debris over time. And where is all the junk coming from (click on image to get more detail – thanks to Michæl Paukner’s [...] … Read More

A space nerd’s Easter

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2010

Easter was a great time for space nerds. I certainly enjoyed myself. Got to see several passes of the International Space Station (ISS). Once you know the times it’s easy to find. These days it is so bright – and of course it’s moving. Have a look at Heavens Above. Register and enter your location. It’s [...] … Read More

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Getting to the truth — gradually

Ken Perrott Apr 06, 2010

I guess reaction to the UK Parliamentary report on “climategate” (see Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated) is predictable. The more extreme climate change denier blogs are shouting “whitewash.” Scientific blogs are generally accepting the conclusions. No scientific dishonesty Anybody who had objectively read through the emails and explanations could not have been surprised.  The report [...] … Read More

Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated

Ken Perrott Mar 31, 2010

The UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee has released its report into “climategate” – some of the issues surrounding the release of stolen emails from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit. It effectively exonerates Phil Jones from  charges of withholding data and questionable scientific ethics. The text of the press release is below and the [...] … Read More