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Alcohol: Effects on Teenage Brains and Correlations Between Availability and Violence - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 04, 2010

I’ve written previously about the effects of alcohol on decision making. Today I’ll be looking at two further aspects of alcohol consumption and how it affects society. First up is a study that examines the cognitive effects of moderate to heavy drinking during adolescence, with different effects on males versus females. Secondly I’d like to [...] … Read More

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

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

Theological intrusions into science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

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

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

The Dawkins Delusions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

Natural selection or domestication? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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. [...] … Read More

Thinking of our grandchildren - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

Climate scientist sues newspaper for false reporting - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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 [...] … Read More

Climategate, Lord Monckton and Monty Python - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott 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 … Read More

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