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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 37 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

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Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …

Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …

A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup
Aug 16, 2019

By Yonat Shimron A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion. The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more …

Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …

Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet
Aug 15, 2019

By John Timmer Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn’t stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow window for the formation …

‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter
Aug 15, 2019

By Gretchen Vogel In hundreds of grocery stores here, shoppers can pay a few extra cents for eggs stamped with a heart and the word respeggt—to show that they were laid by hens that did not hatch alongside male chicks destined for slaughter. This week, the eggs will be available for the first time in stores …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 254 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

News


Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …

Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …

A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup
Aug 16, 2019

By Yonat Shimron A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion. The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more …

Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …

Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet
Aug 15, 2019

By John Timmer Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn’t stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow window for the formation …

‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter
Aug 15, 2019

By Gretchen Vogel In hundreds of grocery stores here, shoppers can pay a few extra cents for eggs stamped with a heart and the word respeggt—to show that they were laid by hens that did not hatch alongside male chicks destined for slaughter. This week, the eggs will be available for the first time in stores …

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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note it is NOT for general chat, and that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like …

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