Tagged: scientific method

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

Empathy for colleagues - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 15, 2011

The Australian astrophysicist Mathew Bailes recently got international recognition for his part in the discovery of an exoplanet which could be made of diamond. As he says: “Following the publication of our finding in the journal Science, our research received … Continue reading → … Read More

Personal attacks on climate scientists - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 30, 2011

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released a statement this week expressing concern for the current personal attacks being made on climate scientists by politicians and others. The text of the statement follows: Statement of the Board … Continue reading → … Read More

Waking from a coma! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 31, 2011

I was listening to a Science Weekly podcast recently which got me thinking about how crap we are at predicting the future. And how this can lead to humourous situations. I remembered the excellent film Goodbye Lenin! It’s about an … 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

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

Hauser misconduct investigation — Full text of Dean’s statement - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 21, 2010

Well, we now have an official statement from Michael Smith, the Harvard dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, on the Hauser “misconduct” affair. It’s an email sent to Harvard University faculty members. It was also sent to New … Continue reading → … Read More

Theological intrusions into science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 31, 2010

It’s no secret. I have no time for theology. I try to stay away from debates about existence of gods as I think it is a mug’s game. Evidence gets distorted or invented. And logic gets skewed. The UK Humanist Terry Sanderson has a brief article about this in the Guardian (see Theology – truly [...] … Read More

Sunday reading list - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 16, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2169" align="alignleft" width="227" caption="(Source: publicdomainpictures.net)"][/caption] There is a difference to claiming that compounds have molecular properties and claiming that they have higher-level properties as a consequence. Similarly, observing that a substance is essential, does not necessarily mean that supplementation of it will be beneficial. A recent double-blind controlled study of Omega 3 oil … Read More