Tagged: supernatural

Science, religion and respect for meaning - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 22, 2011

Religious apologists seem to be obsessed with the relationship between religion and science. Not so much for scientists who generally just want to get on with their job of understanding reality and helping humanity make use of the resulting knowledge. … Continue reading → … Read More

Clarifying some myths in the history of science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 15, 2011

I want to deal here with some myths about religion and science. Specifically the religious apologetics claim that Christianity was a requirement for the scientific revolution. And the more widespread popular belief that blames early Christianity for the “dark ages.” … Continue reading → … Read More

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

Designer spin II - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 10, 2011

Logo Credit: LOLcats tradition Another area of political spin by intelligent design (ID) proponents is their claim to actually be doing scientific research on ID. Biologic Institute This was the Discovery Institute’s motive for setting up the Seattle-based Biologic Institute … Continue reading → … Read More

Is there a role for science in morality? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 28, 2011

In our discussion of the science of morality commenters often assert that science may be able to describe why and how we are moral but it cannot make moral decisions for us. Or tell us what is right and wrong. … Continue reading → … Read More

Weird Tingly Woo-day - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 13, 2011

Having been temporarily relocated to the University of Lincoln due the the February 22nd earthquake, it now takes me an extra 15 minutes of travel to get to work. This extra time listening to the radio has led me to discover a veritable fountain of woo on Wednesday mornings. Around 7.40 am each Wednesday morning, the ZM Morning Crew present … Read More

Craig brings some clarity to morality? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 12, 2011

Interesting! Is there a second wave of interest in Sam Harris’s ideas on human morality? Sure, many religious apologists really didn’t want to challenge these ideas until WL Craig had said his bit – preferably by way of a debate … Continue reading → … Read More

Church rejects power of prayer! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2011

A humourous little clip from a past issue of the CLARKE COUNTY DEMOCRAT Texas beer joint sues church… In a small Texas town, ( Mt. Vernon ) Drummond’s bar began construction on a new building to increase their business.. The … Continue reading → … Read More

Limits of logic - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2011

I have commented before on the limitations of deductive logic – see “Other ways of knowing” – some sense at last). And how easily people manipulate logic by faulty reasoning and by assuming shonky premises. Very tempting for someone with a … Continue reading → … Read More