Tagged: Richard Dawkins

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

Are religious scientists worried about their brethren? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 29, 2010

There were two public statements on science recently which seem to have disappeared into a vacuum. They were the ‘Public Statement Concerning Science and Christian Faith’ by New Zealand Religious Scientists and ‘A message to the Christian communities of New Zealand from scientists in their midst.’ I am not interested in the first [...] … Read More

Are science and religion compatible? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 17, 2010

“Science and Religion” seems to be a popular topic for debate on the internet these days. Even in New Zealand Richard Dawkins‘ recent visit encouraged 14 religious scientists, historians and theologians to produce their own statement on the subject (see ‘Public Statement Concerning Science and Christian Faith’ by New Zealand Religious Scientists). That particular statement seems [...] … Read More

Clear science communication - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 08, 2010

Book review: Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public by Cornelia Dean Price US$13.57 Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0674036352 ISBN-13: 978-0674036352 I bet you can name some good science communicators. People like Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Carolyn Porco, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lawrence … Read More