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hails from New Zealand. An atheist, scientist, and artist, he has written at http://openparachute.wordpress.com/ since 2007. You can follow Ken on Twitter at @openparachute!

Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”

This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening … Continue reading

I often wonder if the effort put into challenging and debunking misinformation and distortion of science on the internet is worth the effort. After all, it often means debating with dyed-in-the-wool people who have an ideological conviction who are immune to … Continue reading

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People around the world are frustrated over the sluggishness of the official investigation into the MH17 tragedy. The documentary “Reflections on MH17″ describes some of this frustration felt by families of the victims and those who are carrying out their own … Continue reading

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Last May I raised the possibility that the much touted relationship of small IQ declines for children living in areas with naturally high fluoride in drinking water could be associated with severe dental fluorosis and not a chemical neurotoxicant (see Confirmation blindness … Continue reading

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Those evil chemicals

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Looks like community water fluoridation has become an issue in the upcoming by-election for the New Plymouth City Council. All the usual arguments are being promoted but the one I find most grating is the rejection of fluoride because “it is a chemical.” … Continue reading

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A recent analysis of the internet and social media illustrates the up-hill battle science and health professionals, and pro-science lay people, often face with misinformation and outright distortion of science. The authors show the problem for the case of community water fluoridation and … Continue reading

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“I just know”

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This is from a satirical site – but the trouble is many people seems to think this way. They are continually commenting on blogs and other social media and think their arguments trump science! From The Spudd. “I just know” … Continue reading

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Appropriately, some of the most effective protests against the most recent act of terrorism has come from cartoonists. Let’s hope the pencil, and brush, are mightier than the weapons of terror.

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Appropriately, some of the most effective protests against the most recent act of terrorism has come from cartoonists. Let’s hope the pencil, and brush, are mightier than the weapons of terror.

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This is the third and last article in a series critiquing contributions to the Fluoride Free NZ report “Scientific and Critical Analysis of the 2014 New Zealand Fluoridation Report“ which is aimed at discrediting the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of … Continue reading

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