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OPEN DISCUSSION SEPTEMBER 2019
Sep 1, 2019 · 62 

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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 43 

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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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Scientists use gene-edited stem cells to treat HIV — with mixed success
Sep 13, 2019

By Jonathan Lambert For the first time, researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to try to treat a person infected with HIV. Scientists in China engineered human stem cells to mimic a rare form of natural immunity to the virus and transplanted them into a man with HIV and blood cancer. The gene-edited cells survived …

Marist Brother Michael Beaumont who sexually abused girl during prayer sentenced to home detention
Sep 13, 2019

By Edward Gay A former Marist Brother who sexually abused three girls in the 1970s was found to still have a sexual interest in young girls, 40 years later. In the 1970s Michael Beaumont abused a 9-year-old girl while her family had their eyes closed in prayer. Beaumont admitted the historical indecent assault charge on the morning …

Liberty students plan a protest after new Falwell revelations
Sep 13, 2019

By Will Young In the wake of reports alleging objectionable rhetoric and conduct by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., students at the evangelical Christian school plan to call for internal and external investigations into the president and administration at a protest on campus Friday (Sept. 13). “We are not calling for Falwell to resign right now,” said Elizabeth Brooks, …

California winery reverses ban on same-sex weddings after a reporter proved they discriminate
Sep 13, 2019

By Alex Bollinger Just a day after a California winery was publicly called out for its “overt homophobia” in refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding, it turned around and said it would allow the wedding. Dezanea Reyes and her fiancee Alex Biddle tried to book Viaggio Estate & Winery in San Joaquin County for …

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”?
Sep 12, 2019 · 4 

By Hemant Mehta On Monday night, during a meeting of the Brainerd School Board in Minnesota, a science teacher and an administrator overseeing teachers were asked why the district even bothers including evolution in the curriculum. That question came from the president of the school board. (Good luck, children. You’re going to need it.) Board President …

Refusal of Interracial Couple Shows How Slippery the Slope of LGBTQ Refusal Really Is
Sep 12, 2019

By Heron Greensmith The owner of a Mississippi wedding hall, Donna Russell, made news last week for refusing to provide space for an interracial marriage due to her religious beliefs. Russell was caught on film stating that “First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race—I mean, our Christian belief. . . .” …

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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 · 256 

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


Scientists use gene-edited stem cells to treat HIV — with mixed success
Sep 13, 2019

By Jonathan Lambert For the first time, researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to try to treat a person infected with HIV. Scientists in China engineered human stem cells to mimic a rare form of natural immunity to the virus and transplanted them into a man with HIV and blood cancer. The gene-edited cells survived …

Marist Brother Michael Beaumont who sexually abused girl during prayer sentenced to home detention
Sep 13, 2019

By Edward Gay A former Marist Brother who sexually abused three girls in the 1970s was found to still have a sexual interest in young girls, 40 years later. In the 1970s Michael Beaumont abused a 9-year-old girl while her family had their eyes closed in prayer. Beaumont admitted the historical indecent assault charge on the morning …

Liberty students plan a protest after new Falwell revelations
Sep 13, 2019

By Will Young In the wake of reports alleging objectionable rhetoric and conduct by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., students at the evangelical Christian school plan to call for internal and external investigations into the president and administration at a protest on campus Friday (Sept. 13). “We are not calling for Falwell to resign right now,” said Elizabeth Brooks, …

California winery reverses ban on same-sex weddings after a reporter proved they discriminate
Sep 13, 2019

By Alex Bollinger Just a day after a California winery was publicly called out for its “overt homophobia” in refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding, it turned around and said it would allow the wedding. Dezanea Reyes and her fiancee Alex Biddle tried to book Viaggio Estate & Winery in San Joaquin County for …

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”?
Sep 12, 2019 · 4 

By Hemant Mehta On Monday night, during a meeting of the Brainerd School Board in Minnesota, a science teacher and an administrator overseeing teachers were asked why the district even bothers including evolution in the curriculum. That question came from the president of the school board. (Good luck, children. You’re going to need it.) Board President …

Refusal of Interracial Couple Shows How Slippery the Slope of LGBTQ Refusal Really Is
Sep 12, 2019

By Heron Greensmith The owner of a Mississippi wedding hall, Donna Russell, made news last week for refusing to provide space for an interracial marriage due to her religious beliefs. Russell was caught on film stating that “First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race—I mean, our Christian belief. . . .” …

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OPEN DISCUSSION SEPTEMBER 2019
Sep 1, 2019 · 62 

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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