Tagged: tradition

Compulsory payments for advancement of religion — let’s get rid of that. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 29, 2011

I read  recently how cynically humans use the word “freedom.” (I think it was in Jennifer Michael Hecht‘s Doubt: A History)  How often do you see a fascist or otherwise undemocratic organisation with freedom in its name or slogans? This … Continue reading → … Read More

Background Briefing for Mockton’s NZ visit - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 21, 2011

Apparently Christopher Monckton will visit New Zealand for a few days (August 4 – 7) at the end of his Australian tour. His fanboys in the local climate change denier/contrarian/sceptic groups will obviously do their best to make as much … 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

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

The secular Egyptian protest a good start for a successful revolution - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 12, 2011

The ongoing Egyptian revolution has captured the attention and sympathy of people around the world. This is helped by the worldwide availability of internet access and social messaging devices. Even when the Mubarak regime cut off the internet, demonstrators were … 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

It’s that time of the year - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 22, 2010

Book review: Christmas – Philosophy for Everyone: Better Than a Lump of Coal. Scott C. Lowe (Editor), Fritz Allhoff, Fritz Allhoff (Series Editor) Stephen Nissenbaum (Foreword) Price: US$15.56 Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (October 19, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 144433090X … Continue reading → … Read More

Cutting off your nose for Christmas? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 01, 2010

I think Tim Minchin‘s Song “White Wine in the Sun“ really captures the spirit of Christmas down under. I heard it last year (see No gods required) and notice it is being promoted again this year with all proceeds going … Continue reading → … Read More

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