Tagged: superstition

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

Myths within a myth - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 18, 2011

Yes – this is going to be about religion – a common source of myths. Specifically the “conflict paradigm,” “conflict hypothesis” or “conflict myth.” Really the myth that there is such a “paradigm”, “hypothesis” or “myth” claiming  “religion is and … Continue reading → … Read More

Acceptance of science — dangerous for some - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 07, 2011

In the UK The Independent is reporting that a Muslim scientist is being threatened for his acceptance of evolutionary science (see Scientist Imam threatened over Darwinist views). The scientist is Dr Dr Usama Hasan, a physics lecturer at Middlesex University … Continue reading → … Read More

The god gene — or is it a meme? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 24, 2011

Is humanity doomed to a future of religious fundamentalism? Some recent internet articles appear to suggest it is. The prediction is based on the established fact that the birth rate for members of fundamental religions is much higher than for … 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

Deriving ’ought from is’ scientifically? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 04, 2011

There has been a lot of debate recently about the role of science in deciding moral questions. And I am sure this will continue as scientific investigations reveal more about our morality. One issue which keeps coming up, though, is … Continue reading → … Read More

Philosophical problems - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 10, 2010

Here’s a post I wrote several years ago. OK, it’s a filler as I am out of town but still relevant – especially with the current philosophical arguments raving on here. You must watch the Monty Python video. I seem … Continue reading → … Read More

Aussie wisdom - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 08, 2010

Book Review: The Australian Book of Atheism Edited by Warren Bonett. Price: AU$35.00 Format: Paperback (448pp ) Size: 234mm x 153mm ISBN (13): 9781921640766 Publisher: Scribe Publications (November 2010). This is a book by Aussies, for Aussies. But given our … Continue reading → … Read More