Tagged: Science in Society

Converting beliefs to ’truths’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 10, 2011

Michael Shermer‘s latest book looks interesting – The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. Chris Mooney interviews him about the book in the latest Point of Inquiry podcast … Continue reading → … Read More

’I was a Skeptic, but…’ - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 24, 2011

I wish people wouldn’t say this, it’s usually followed by some lame reason why we should trust their anecdotal experience over empirical data. Sure the word skeptic (or sceptic if you prefer) has a certain colloquial definition and to a large extent words are defined by the way they are used, I mean no-one uses [...] … Read More

Five Signs You Might Be Wrong - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 25, 2011

Over the last few weeks several things have been happening both in my own life and in the wider public (Ken Ring) that have made me think about good rules of thumb to determine whether a claim is likely to be right or wrong. In particular when is it reasonable to perform a self examination [...] … Read More

Christianity gave birth to science — a myth? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 25, 2011

This theological myth seems to surface in any debate about the relationship between religion and science. It is the claim that Christianity gave birth to science. That modern science was not possible anywhere but in the European Christian culture. The … Continue reading → … Read More

Overlapping Magisteria? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 05, 2011

The relationship between science and religion, and the demarcation of their fields, or magisteria, seems to be topical at the moment. On the one had the boundary appears to be violated by religious promotion of creationism and attacks on evolutionary … Continue reading → … Read More

Can the ’supernatural’ be of any use? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 22, 2010

This xkcd cartoon is so true (Thanks to xkcd: The Economic Argument). 1: There is a special relationship between scientific knowledge and the real world. Scientific ideas are based on evidence from reality, they get tested and validated against reality. … Continue reading → … Read More

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

A Skeptic’s Perspective — Repost - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 18, 2010

After Friday’s unabashed rant on things magical and absurd I felt it would be good to post a more level headed and rational piece. This post from a couple of years ago caught my eye at the right time and given the popularity of reposting I decided it was worth another outing: A less formal [...] … Read More