Tagged: culture

The god gene — or is it a meme? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 24, 2011

Is humanity doomed to a future of religious fundamentalism? Some recent internet articles appear to suggest it is. The prediction is based on the established fact that the birth rate for members of fundamental religions is much higher than for … Continue reading → … Read More

Not about Einstein - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 29, 2010

Book Review: Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit by Krista Tippett Price: US$10.88; NZ$12.97 Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (February 23, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0143116770 ISBN-13: 978-0143116776 The media reports of Stephen Hawking’s new book … Continue reading → … Read More

Trust the experts — if they say what we want - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 23, 2010

Scientific American has a short podcast on confirmation bias.  (Download the podcast) It especially relates to trusting experts in areas like climate change. Christie Nicholson points out (see We Only Trust Experts If They Agree With Us): We think we … Continue reading → … 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

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

Superstition — inevitable? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 19, 2010

There are some great photographs at The Big Picture (Boston.com) of launches to, and activities on, the International Space Station (ISS). Have a look at Journeys to the International Space Station. I quite like this one because of the strange contrast between a religious blessing and the technical manifestation in the Soyuz rocket.  This is [...] … Read More