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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 21 

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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2019
Oct 1, 2019 · 169 

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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) …

News


A Tiny Species That Looks Part-Deer, Part-Mouse Was Missing for Nearly 30 Years. Scientists Just Found It.
Nov 11, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu A tiny creature that looks part-deer, part-mouse hadn’t been seen in nearly 30 years. Now, with a series of camera traps, researchers have caught the silver-backed chevrotain, also called the Vietnam mouse-deer, meandering about its tree-filled home. With the distinguishing silver line down its back that starts just behind its shoulders, the …

Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

Women Accuse Evangelical Pastor Of Abuse Years After Being Told To Keep Silent
Nov 11, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla Seventeen years ago, two teenagers approached a Southern Baptist church in Indiana with allegations that their youth pastor had used his position of authority to sexually abuse them. Megan Frey and Jo Anna Hendrickson claim that back then, the church’s leader tried to sweep the reports under the rug. The 18-year-olds were …

A Teen Says Her Catholic High School Forced Her Into Counseling For Being Gay. Her Parents Had No Idea.
Nov 11, 2019 · 1 

By Claudia Koerner UPLAND, California — Magali Rodriguez said she didn’t kiss her girlfriend at school. At Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the biggest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, it wasn’t against the rules to be gay — Rodriguez at one point checked the student handbook. But she knew not everyone on campus …

Calling Out Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Is a Horrific Struggle
Nov 8, 2019

By Summer Lin In 2013, after Debbie McDaniel left her Jehovah’s Witness congregation in McAlester, Oklahoma, she went to police and told them members had been sitting outside her apartment, monitoring her every move. The Witnesses, she said, were trying to make the case that she was unfit to parent her son, on account of …

First New HIV Strain in 19 Years Identified
Nov 8, 2019

By Karen Weintraub A research group at the medical-device and health care giant Abbott has discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV—the first to be identified in 19 years. Abbott continues to look for potential new HIV strains to ensure that diagnostic tests for blood screening and detecting infectious diseases remain up to date, …

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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 · 259 

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


A Tiny Species That Looks Part-Deer, Part-Mouse Was Missing for Nearly 30 Years. Scientists Just Found It.
Nov 11, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu A tiny creature that looks part-deer, part-mouse hadn’t been seen in nearly 30 years. Now, with a series of camera traps, researchers have caught the silver-backed chevrotain, also called the Vietnam mouse-deer, meandering about its tree-filled home. With the distinguishing silver line down its back that starts just behind its shoulders, the …

Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

Women Accuse Evangelical Pastor Of Abuse Years After Being Told To Keep Silent
Nov 11, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla Seventeen years ago, two teenagers approached a Southern Baptist church in Indiana with allegations that their youth pastor had used his position of authority to sexually abuse them. Megan Frey and Jo Anna Hendrickson claim that back then, the church’s leader tried to sweep the reports under the rug. The 18-year-olds were …

A Teen Says Her Catholic High School Forced Her Into Counseling For Being Gay. Her Parents Had No Idea.
Nov 11, 2019 · 1 

By Claudia Koerner UPLAND, California — Magali Rodriguez said she didn’t kiss her girlfriend at school. At Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the biggest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, it wasn’t against the rules to be gay — Rodriguez at one point checked the student handbook. But she knew not everyone on campus …

Calling Out Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Is a Horrific Struggle
Nov 8, 2019

By Summer Lin In 2013, after Debbie McDaniel left her Jehovah’s Witness congregation in McAlester, Oklahoma, she went to police and told them members had been sitting outside her apartment, monitoring her every move. The Witnesses, she said, were trying to make the case that she was unfit to parent her son, on account of …

First New HIV Strain in 19 Years Identified
Nov 8, 2019

By Karen Weintraub A research group at the medical-device and health care giant Abbott has discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV—the first to be identified in 19 years. Abbott continues to look for potential new HIV strains to ensure that diagnostic tests for blood screening and detecting infectious diseases remain up to date, …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 21 

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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