Tagged: United States

Secularism – its internal problems - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 17, 2012

Book Review: How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom by James Berlinerblau Price: US$15.29 Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 11, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0547473346 ISBN-13: 978-0547473345 Secularism makes the headlines these days … Continue reading → … Read More

So you think science has a problem? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 15, 2012

There are a number of opinion piece writers, usually  philosophers of religion or accomadationist atheist philosophers who really hate  today’s vocal atheists. Particularly if those atheists are also scientists. They often pretend to be concerned about the reputation of science. … Continue reading → … Read More

Why won’t Inland Revenue subsidise my life expenses? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 20, 2012

Here is an interesting research report How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States. OK it looks at the United States and the data is not directly relevant here, in new Zealand. But the principles certainly … Continue reading → … Read More

New Zealand in good company. Pity about the USA - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 03, 2011

Credit: Calamities of nature What a glaring anomaly – the USA which on many things is a world leader – so out of step with an important aspect of human knowledge. And perhaps New Zealand is not so bad after … Continue reading → … Read More

The climate change denial machine - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 10, 2011

Here’s an interesting diagram I found at Climate Progress (see Organized Climate Change Denial “Played a Crucial Role in Blocking Domestic Legislation,” Top Scholars Conclude). It’s taken from the book  chapter, “Organized Climate Change Denial,” by Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. … Continue reading → … Read More

Atheists aren’t shrill — just disgusting? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 14, 2011

Perhaps the common hostile reaction to the so-called “new atheists” (or gnus) is more a matter of the disgust in the eye or brain of the beholder than any “stridency” or “shrillness” on the part of the atheist. Well, that’s … Continue reading → … Read More

Evolution and education — advice for teachers - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 08, 2011

Creationists have far less influence in New Zealand than they do in the US. Still, quite a large proportion of Christians here do not accept evolutionary science. So, I imagine, their wish to undermine the teaching of evolutionary science sometimes … Continue reading → … Read More