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Open Discussion – December 2018
Dec 1, 2018 · 137 

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 192 

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 …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 5 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

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Half-Size, Ruffle-Headed Relative of Triceratops Discovered
Dec 14, 2018

By Laura Geggel If head frills were a fashion statement, a newly identified 73-million-year-old triceratops relative was certainly at the top of its game. The newfound dinosaur named Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii sported a fancy frill on the top of its head, a new study finds. In fact, it’s the youngest-known dinosaur of its clade (the nasutoceratopsins), as well …

How Neanderthal DNA might have shaped some human brains
Dec 14, 2018

By Ewen Callaway No human has the brain of a Neanderthal — but some have hints of its shape. The brain shape of some people with European ancestry is influenced by Neanderthal DNA acquired through interbreeding tens of thousands of years ago, researchers report on 13 December in Current Biology1. These DNA variants seem to affect the expression …

Evangelical Christians Helped Elect Donald Trump, but Their Time as a Major Political Force Is Coming to an End
Dec 14, 2018 · 1 

By Nina Burleigh Alex Camire left the church a few months before his pastor announced from the pulpit that the election of Donald Trump was “a miracle of the Lord.” The 29-year-old Connecticut social worker had been raised in the evangelical tradition; his parents were married in it. But Camire’s faith had started to fail …

Cardinal George Pell Reportedly Convicted Of Sex Abuse Amid Gag Order In Australia
Dec 14, 2018 · 3 

By Bill Chappell Australian news outlets are grappling with how to handle one of the country’s biggest news stories of the year — even though a judge has barred them from reporting the details. The story revolves around Cardinal George Pell, a Vatican insider who was reportedly convicted of sexually abusing minors this week, and …

How the brain’s face code might unlock the mysteries of perception
Dec 13, 2018

By Alison Abbott Doris Tsao launched her career deciphering faces — but for a few weeks in September, she struggled to control the expression on her own. Tsao had just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award, an honour that comes with more than half a million dollars to use however the recipient wants. But she was …

Tennessee U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Green alleges vaccines may cause autism, questions CDC data
Dec 13, 2018

By Natalie Allison A soon-to-be congressman from Tennessee told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, questioning data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory. Not only did Republican Mark Green, a Congressman-elect from Clarksville who is also a medical doctor, express hesitation about the CDC’s stance on vaccines, …

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Originals


An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 192 

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 …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 5 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

News


Half-Size, Ruffle-Headed Relative of Triceratops Discovered
Dec 14, 2018

By Laura Geggel If head frills were a fashion statement, a newly identified 73-million-year-old triceratops relative was certainly at the top of its game. The newfound dinosaur named Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii sported a fancy frill on the top of its head, a new study finds. In fact, it’s the youngest-known dinosaur of its clade (the nasutoceratopsins), as well …

How Neanderthal DNA might have shaped some human brains
Dec 14, 2018

By Ewen Callaway No human has the brain of a Neanderthal — but some have hints of its shape. The brain shape of some people with European ancestry is influenced by Neanderthal DNA acquired through interbreeding tens of thousands of years ago, researchers report on 13 December in Current Biology1. These DNA variants seem to affect the expression …

Evangelical Christians Helped Elect Donald Trump, but Their Time as a Major Political Force Is Coming to an End
Dec 14, 2018 · 1 

By Nina Burleigh Alex Camire left the church a few months before his pastor announced from the pulpit that the election of Donald Trump was “a miracle of the Lord.” The 29-year-old Connecticut social worker had been raised in the evangelical tradition; his parents were married in it. But Camire’s faith had started to fail …

Cardinal George Pell Reportedly Convicted Of Sex Abuse Amid Gag Order In Australia
Dec 14, 2018 · 3 

By Bill Chappell Australian news outlets are grappling with how to handle one of the country’s biggest news stories of the year — even though a judge has barred them from reporting the details. The story revolves around Cardinal George Pell, a Vatican insider who was reportedly convicted of sexually abusing minors this week, and …

How the brain’s face code might unlock the mysteries of perception
Dec 13, 2018

By Alison Abbott Doris Tsao launched her career deciphering faces — but for a few weeks in September, she struggled to control the expression on her own. Tsao had just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award, an honour that comes with more than half a million dollars to use however the recipient wants. But she was …

Tennessee U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Green alleges vaccines may cause autism, questions CDC data
Dec 13, 2018

By Natalie Allison A soon-to-be congressman from Tennessee told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, questioning data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory. Not only did Republican Mark Green, a Congressman-elect from Clarksville who is also a medical doctor, express hesitation about the CDC’s stance on vaccines, …

Discussion


Open Discussion – December 2018
Dec 1, 2018 · 137 

This thread has been created for open 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 all Terms of Use apply as usual. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: If posting links, please quote only the bare minimum of text …

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