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OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 78 

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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 · 6 

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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Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”
Apr 23, 2019

By Brian Resnick Around 15 minutes after a mammal’s brain is cut off from oxygen, the organ is supposed to die. Without life-giving oxygen, the cells of the brain quickly starve. Some of the cells burst open, while the chemistry of others becomes so imbalanced that their membranes break down. This frenzied spiral ends one …

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
Apr 23, 2019

By Jeffrey M. Jones As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average …

How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame?
Apr 23, 2019

By EJ Dickson Yesterday, the world watched in open-mouthed horror as Notre Dame Cathedral, an 800-year-old monument in Paris, France, burst into flames. As the Paris fire department scrambled to save the priceless relics and artworks inside, French officials gradually started to take inventory of what had been recovered from the wreckage and what had been lost …

Organized religion is losing its followers
Apr 23, 2019

By Jennifer Rubin CNN reports, “For the first time ‘No Religion’ has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.” Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found …

Part-revived pig brains raise slew of ethical quandaries
Apr 22, 2019

By Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely, and Charles M. Giattino Scientists have restored and preserved some cellular activities and structures in the brains of pigs that had been decapitated for food production four hours before. The researchers saw circulation in major arteries and small blood vessels, metabolism and responsiveness to drugs at the cellular …

99.9999% chance humans are causing global warming, and other science-based facts on climate change for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2019

By Doyle Rice and Elizabeth Weise Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. New research and studies out in just the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet. First among them, there’s no longer any question that rising …

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Originals


An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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 · 6 

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


Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”
Apr 23, 2019

By Brian Resnick Around 15 minutes after a mammal’s brain is cut off from oxygen, the organ is supposed to die. Without life-giving oxygen, the cells of the brain quickly starve. Some of the cells burst open, while the chemistry of others becomes so imbalanced that their membranes break down. This frenzied spiral ends one …

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
Apr 23, 2019

By Jeffrey M. Jones As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average …

How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame?
Apr 23, 2019

By EJ Dickson Yesterday, the world watched in open-mouthed horror as Notre Dame Cathedral, an 800-year-old monument in Paris, France, burst into flames. As the Paris fire department scrambled to save the priceless relics and artworks inside, French officials gradually started to take inventory of what had been recovered from the wreckage and what had been lost …

Organized religion is losing its followers
Apr 23, 2019

By Jennifer Rubin CNN reports, “For the first time ‘No Religion’ has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.” Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found …

Part-revived pig brains raise slew of ethical quandaries
Apr 22, 2019

By Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely, and Charles M. Giattino Scientists have restored and preserved some cellular activities and structures in the brains of pigs that had been decapitated for food production four hours before. The researchers saw circulation in major arteries and small blood vessels, metabolism and responsiveness to drugs at the cellular …

99.9999% chance humans are causing global warming, and other science-based facts on climate change for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2019

By Doyle Rice and Elizabeth Weise Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. New research and studies out in just the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet. First among them, there’s no longer any question that rising …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 78 

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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