Tagged: Religion and Spirituality

Some pesky delusions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 20, 2010

Book review: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, editors John W. Loftus and Dan Barker Price: US$14.28; NZ$44.97 Paperback: 422 pages Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 31, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1616141689 ISBN-13: 978-1616141684 As the title indicates this book is … Continue reading → … Read More

Arrested moral development. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 04, 2010

I came across this intriguing statement about religious ethics in the book I am currently reading: “religious ethics is similar to the attitude of the child between 5 and 9 years old. It is far too concerned with rules that … Continue reading → … Read More

Treating statistics sensibly - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 30, 2010

People love to quote statistical studies to support their claims. And often its just a matter of confirmation bias. The statistical studies may not provide the support required – or may suffer from all sorts of flaws. We see a … Continue reading → … Read More

’God of the surprises’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 09, 2010

I guess we are all familiar with the “god of the gaps” concept. The common theological tendency to explain gaps in our scientific knowledge with the claim “god did it!” It’s an easy, if very lazy, strategy because there will … Continue reading → … Read More

Miracles: What Do We Mean? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 14, 2010

Have you ever described an event as miraculous? Perhaps it was a near-miss accident, recovery from an illness or some other fortuitous moment in your life. Did you stop to consider what you meant by that description or did or roll off your tongue like so many other cultural conventions, without a second thought? One [...] … Read More

Is there Something Fishy about Psychosis? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 02, 2010

Psychosis is a scary word, conjuring images of people who have so lost touch with reality that they are unable to integrate with society. As with most everything else this condition exists on a continuum, mild symptoms may pose no problem for the sufferer1 nor be outwardly visible. Previous studies have seen correlations between the [...] … Read More

The Dawkins Delusions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 10, 2010

Actually, some people call them the “Dawkins Tantrums.” There’s no doubt about it though – there is a controversy around Richard Dawkins. Just mention his name in the blogosphere and you get all sorts of extreme reactions. Almost always negative. Sure, you will get some, usually milder and more reasonable, positive reactions. After all, he [...] … Read More

RIP Antony Flew - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 16, 2010

If only! Several Christian apologetics blogs have commented on Antony Flew’s recent death (see Antony Flew 1923-2010, Antony Flew dies at 87, Theology Geek, and Professor Antony Flew – Obituary…). The unfortunate aspect of these blogs is that they indulge in a little bit of “body snatching.” Not that this didn’t happen before Flew’s death. [...] … Read More

The origins of science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 31, 2010

Have a look at this short video for a humorous explanation of the origins of science. Then listen to this podcast of Professor AC Graylings version.   (Download AC Grayling on “Atheism, Secularism, Humanism: Three Zones of Argument”). A little more serious – but fascinating. YouTube – Mr. Deity And The Equation. I mentioned Grayling’s talk in my [...] … Read More

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