Tagged: creationism

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

Pulling the wool over the eyes of the faithful - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 20, 2012

Occasionally I watch videos, or listen to podcasts, distributed by the Intelligent design crowd at the Discovery Institute. So, I wasted a few minutes on this video below where one of their tame scientists, Ann Gauger, spoke “authoritatively” on population … Continue reading → … Read More

Time for philosophical honesty about Darwin - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 27, 2012

Credit: The Teaching Company John S. Wilkins, at the Evolving Thoughts blog, has a nice short article, Why is Darwin’s theory so controversial?, on the so-called “controversies” around Darwin’s theories. I think he nails it. He shows that the usual tired … Continue reading → … Read More

Capturing kid’s minds with emotions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 15, 2012

I have commented on the problem of religious indoctrination at secular New Zealand schools before (see What really happens in religious instruction classes? and Cynical evangelisation of children.) That’s bad enough but a friend recently described such indoctrination occurring at a day care … Continue reading → … Read More

From evolution to belief - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 14, 2012

How reliable do you think your cognitive facilities are? Your eyes, ears, etc? Your brain,  memory and mental processes? According to philosopher of religion Alvin Plantinga, not very good. He asserts any belief you form using these facilities is as … Continue reading → … Read More