Tagged: atheism

Are feminists really bullying Richard Dawkins? A response to Ken Perrott - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 18, 2016

My fellow sciblogger over on Open Parachute Ken Perrott has posted his thoughts on recent events involving prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, who was invited then disinvited to speak at a skeptics conference in the USA later this year.  Basically, Dawkins was invited to speak at the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS), then very publicly … Read More

What makes something right or wrong? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2014

Here is another of the  4 animated videos produced by the British Humanist Association. They are all narrated by Stephen Fry. This one deals with aspects of morality – an important subject where the voice of non-theists is often ignored. “What makes something right or wrong?” Narrated by Stephen Fry  See: That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by … … Continue reading … Read More

Fiddling with census figures for religion in New Zealand - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 25, 2013

Despite the bad publicity dogging the Catholic church internationally,  Karl du Fresne reports that many NZ Catholics have a positive picture of their church in New Zealand (see Catholicism: Holy smoke, NZ Listener). His subtitle conveys the message – despite … Continue reading → … Read More

Moving into the mainstream – on the coat tails of the “New Atheists” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 14, 2013

The so-called “new atheists” (or Gnus) – Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, etc., generally get a very bad press from the religiously inclined. Even some atheists (usually of the “I’m an atheist, but . . “ persuasion) … Continue reading → … Read More

Sean Faircloth, Director of Richard Dawkins Foundation, visiting NZ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 17, 2013

Sean Faircloth is the author of ‘Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It.‘ He is also Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. … Continue reading → … Read More

Does religion blur understanding of evolution? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 14, 2013

Victor Stenger has a short, but important, blog post in the Huffington Post. Appropriately (because it’s about evolutionary science) dated February 12 – Darwin Day, 204th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Stenger’s article, No Belief Gap, considers Gallup Poll data … Continue reading → … Read More

The “dynamic duo” of science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 13, 2013

Well, that’s how someone described them. But I have generally found the discussions between Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins stimulating. I first commented on these almost 5 years ago (see Lawrence Krauss – Richard Dawkins discussion). They have had a number … Continue reading → … Read More

Who is guilty of misusing science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 17, 2013

I know someone is going to accuse me of “scientism” for this. But I guess that goes with the science blogger’s job – and it’s a diversion anyway. It will hardly be the first time. What I want to dispute … Continue reading → … Read More

Scientists and philosophers discuss morality and meaning - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 18, 2012

I am working my way through the videos of the discussions at the Moving Naturalism Forward Workshop (see At last – Moving Naturalism Forward videos). I really appreciate these philosophical and scientific discussions because they aren’t weighed down, or diverted, by  … Continue reading → … Read More