Tagged: intelligent design

Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 25, 2015

This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening period. Warning – explicit language. via Love Letters to Richard Dawkins – YouTube. Similar articles … Read More

Dawkins’ new book - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2013

Richard Dawkins’ latest book is due out next September. The title – Childhood, Boyhood, Truth: From an African Youth to The Selfish Gene It’s yet a new genre for Dawkins – autobiography. Mind you he has reached the age where … Continue reading → … Read More

Investigate magazine struck dumb by numerology of genetic code - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 17, 2013

A weekend peek at an... ‘unconventional’ research paper. Investigate Daily, a part of local conspiracy theory magazine Investigate edited by creationist Ian Wishart,  earlier in the week released Scientists dumbstruck: signs of intelligent design in DNA code. Investigate Daily concludes, “the study is groundbreaking in its implications.” Sounds pretty definitive, right? … 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

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

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

The paradoxes of theological gullibility - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 26, 2012

Maarten Boudry is a philosopher I will certainly read more of. His review of Alvin Plantinga‘s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, get’s right to the point – and clearly. Boudry responds to Plantinga’s argument that … Continue reading → … Read More