Tagged: intelligent design

Fine-tuning fallacies - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 10, 2011

In Fiddling with “fine-tuning” I discussed the way theologians and philosophers of religion have used claims of fine-tuning of the cosmological constant erroneously. That they have taken the fact that the value of the measured cosmological constant is 120 orders of … Continue reading → … Read More

New Zealand in good company. Pity about the USA - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 03, 2011

Credit: Calamities of nature What a glaring anomaly – the USA which on many things is a world leader – so out of step with an important aspect of human knowledge. And perhaps New Zealand is not so bad after … 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

How We Know What’s Really True - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 04, 2011

Book Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins. Illustrated by Dave McKean Price: US$16.49; NZ$37.50; iPad app US$13.99, NZ17.99. Audio vers. US$ 19.79. Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Free Press (October 4, 2011) Language: … Continue reading → … Read More

Science and the ’supernatural’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 19, 2011

I have discussed the issue of “supernaturalism” and science before but return to it having just read  Can Science Test Supernatural Worldviews?  by Dr  Yonatan I. Fishman. It’s an excellent paper which I recommend you read as it may challenge … Continue reading → … Read More

Evolution and education — advice for teachers - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 08, 2011

Creationists have far less influence in New Zealand than they do in the US. Still, quite a large proportion of Christians here do not accept evolutionary science. So, I imagine, their wish to undermine the teaching of evolutionary science sometimes … Continue reading → … Read More

Bias in the history of science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 18, 2011

I am currently reading Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992 by Maurice A. Finocchiaro. This certainly provides some background to the current mythology about the Galileo affair (see The Galileo myths). Apparently Galileo’s trial never stopped with his sentencing in 1633 – he … Continue reading → … Read More