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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!

The arrogance of science?

This comment of Richard Feynman’s indicates to me the essential humility of science. Yet we often find that people who seem to subscribe to the support of “answers that can’t be questioned” will accuse science and scientists of arrogance.   I … Continue reading

The Royal Society of NZ has announced the shortlist of titles for 2015 Science Book Prize (see 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize). Here they are – together with the judges comments: Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl … Continue reading

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more likely linked to residential altitude than community water fluoridation (CWF). This finding calls into question a recent paper claiming ADHD is linked to CWF. A paper that is being heavily promoted on social media at the moment … Continue reading

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  Something I picked up on the internet. Yes, I know – some people have legitimate and understandable reasons for being anonymous when they comment on social media. Concern for jobs and protection for family and self. I can appreciate … Continue reading

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Anti-fluoridation propagandists must think all their Christmases have come at once. They at last have a “peer-reviewed” scientific paper they can claim supports their position. What’s more, it is the second such paper to appear in the last month. But … Continue reading

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Several days ago Ukraine Today reported the death of a former politician in the Yanukovych government which was overthrown in a coup last year. He was Oleksandr Peklushenko, the ex-head of a regional council in central Ukraine. Authorities are claiming he … Continue reading

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Anyone interested in my article on this subject in Neurotoxicology and Teratology can now download a pdf version: Perrott, K. W. (2015). Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 48, 78–79. The publishers tell me that anyone who … Continue reading

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Like most people I struggle to find the energy when representative and government bodies call for submissions. But I did make the effort recently when Medsafe called for submissions on their proposed clarification of how fluoridating agents are defined in the … Continue reading

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Social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc., – are a challenge for science.  Often considered frivolous or at least not serious, they are tempting to ignore. But it seems that many anti-scientific or pseudoscientific ideas a promoted by social media. What’s … Continue reading

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Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his ‘unpatriotic’ views At last – something sensible from an American perspective on the Ukrainian crisis and the new cold war. The trouble is – it’s a minority viewpoint and no-one in power seems to be listening. Similar articles

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