Tagged: faith

Protecting yourself against bullshit - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 20, 2011

Here’s a very useful book for those who often get into debates with people who attempt to diss science. Its called Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole. The author is philosopher Stephen Law. It’s … Continue reading → … Read More

Ideology and violence - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 08, 2011

I want to comment here on some strawmannery from a local theologian/philosopher of religion (Matt at MandM) in his post Religion and Violence. But first two important points: 1: He concentrates on the common perception of a relationship between religion … Continue reading → … Read More

Waking from a coma! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 31, 2011

I was listening to a Science Weekly podcast recently which got me thinking about how crap we are at predicting the future. And how this can lead to humourous situations. I remembered the excellent film Goodbye Lenin! It’s about an … Continue reading → … Read More

Daniel Dennett on conflict between religion and science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 23, 2011

YouTube – 2/8 Daniel Dennett & John Haught & David Sloan Wilson on Religion. In this short video clip philosopher Daniel Dennett gives a succinct description of the history of religion and its relationship with science. It’s a welcome change … Continue reading → … Read More

Craig brings some clarity to morality? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 12, 2011

Interesting! Is there a second wave of interest in Sam Harris’s ideas on human morality? Sure, many religious apologists really didn’t want to challenge these ideas until WL Craig had said his bit – preferably by way of a debate … Continue reading → … Read More

Limits of logic - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2011

I have commented before on the limitations of deductive logic – see “Other ways of knowing” – some sense at last). And how easily people manipulate logic by faulty reasoning and by assuming shonky premises. Very tempting for someone with a … Continue reading → … Read More

The Galileo myths - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 30, 2011

For a while there I had wondered if I was the only one who noticed the current attempts of theistically motivated historians and philosophers to rewrite the history of the Galileo affair. But no, greater minds have come to a … Continue reading → … Read More

Overlapping Magisteria? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 05, 2011

The relationship between science and religion, and the demarcation of their fields, or magisteria, seems to be topical at the moment. On the one had the boundary appears to be violated by religious promotion of creationism and attacks on evolutionary … Continue reading → … Read More