Tagged: Richard Dawkins

A silver lining to Expelled? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 29, 2011

Readers are probably aware of the nasty little creationist/intelligent design film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Despite all the fanfare suggesting it was coming to a church hall or basement near you sometime soon it seemed to drop out of existence. … Continue reading → … Read More

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

Confronting accomodationism - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 25, 2011

Or is it accommodating confrontationism? I guess it depends on the image you wish to portray. I have followed the accomodationism vs confrontationism (or “new atheism,” or “gnus”) debate among US atheist and science bloggers with interest. Mainly because I … Continue reading → … Read More

The Magic of Reality for young people - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 20, 2011

This is something we need more of – science books for young people. And chances are this one, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, will be good. The author, Richard Dawkins is a fellow of both the … Continue reading → … Read More

A non-theist feast down under! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 15, 2011

This just in from the organisers of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention –‘A Celebration of Reason’ Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens have been announced as speakers. (And have a look at the last sentence – a breakthrough!). The Atheist Foundation of … Continue reading → … Read More

What is Life? Another Great Debate - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 31, 2011

The Arizona State University Origins Project in partnership with the Science Network, J. Epstein Foundation and the NASA Astrobiology Institute has sponsored another interesting debate – The Great Debate – What is Life? This follows on from their recent debate … Continue reading → … Read More

Is atheism bad for science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 21, 2011

Since publication of books like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion in the mid 2000′s some reviewers and commentators have argued that the “new atheists” and  vocal “atheist scientists” are “bad for science.” That they are turning people, especially students, away … Continue reading → … Read More