Tagged: Dawkins

A disciplined discussion - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 18, 2012

I have commented several times that the debate format is very unsatisfactory and have favoured a discussion format for public discussion. Richard Dawkins has tried out a number of such discussion formats, I think successfully. But I think this one … Continue reading → … Read More

Gnu bashing once again - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 14, 2012

The latest Gallup poll on American’s beliefs about creationism and evolution has predictably raised some comments among bloggers. As expected, there have not been any big changes – most still support either creationism (46%) or a god-guided form of evolution … Continue reading → … Read More

Toss out the moderator for a better discussion - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 23, 2012

Here’s an interesting video – a discussion between Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss at the Australian National University recently. I have a couple of thoughts about this event: It really only took place because both speakers were in Australia for … Continue reading → … Read More

’Other ways of knowing’ and their result. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 28, 2011

Here’s a little clip from one of Richard Dawkins presentations. I think it’s a fitting illustration of what science would be like if epistemologically it behaved the way religion does. It also ridicules the concept that religion has “other ways … Continue reading → … Read More

Reacting to a death with respect and hatred - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 22, 2011

I wasn’t going to write a eulogy to Christopher Hitchens, and I still won’t. After all there are some excellent eulogies on the internet by far better writers than me. But I am intrigued at the world-wide reaction to his … Continue reading → … Read More

Concern over William Lane Craig’s justification of biblical genocide - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 30, 2011

William Lane Craig went ahead with his “empty chair for Dawkins” stunt in his Oxford appearance. While many of his fans loved the trick, Craig didn’t get off unharmed by his stalking of Richard Dawkins. Obviously some of Craig’s fans … Continue reading → … Read More

Outsourcing moral decisions to justify genocide - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 27, 2011

A while back I participated in a discussion involving a number of non-theists and theists. You can guess which side I was on. But I bore no ill feelings to the theists – and why should I have? These discussions … Continue reading → … Read More

Dawkins responds to a stalker — Craig gets his debate - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 21, 2011

Last year when I was at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne there was a motley little crew of creationists (3 I think) outside heckling people and demanding that Richard Dawkins debate evolution with them. Just one example of people … Continue reading → … Read More