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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 50 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

OPEN DISCUSSION MAY 2019
May 1, 2019 · 70 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

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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Why So Many Sharks Have Bird Feathers in Their Bellies
May 21, 2019

By Ed Young Marcus Drymon wasn’t expecting a baby shark to barf up a ball of feathers onto his boat. The shark’s presence wasn’t the weird bit: Drymon and his team of fisheries ecologists regularly assess fish populations along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, and every year, they’ll catch, weigh, tag, and release thousands of …

Scientists Think They Know How Pluto’s Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid
May 21, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer. In a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, these researchers …

Study: It’s easier to be a ‘none’ in Canada than in the US
May 21, 2019

By John Longhurst Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada. “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah …

IL Megachurch Founder Accused of Wanting to Hire Hitman to Murder Son-in-Law
May 21, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A megachurch pastor allegedly asked his personal bodyguard to murder his former son-in-law during a motorcycle trip to the Creation Museum. That’s both a winning Fundamentalist Christian Bingo card and the allegation made by the bodyguard, Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, against the founder of Illinois’ Harvest Bible Chapel church, James MacDonald. MacDonald was a prominent preacher, …

‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up
May 20, 2019

By Alanna Mitchell Cindy Shaw, a carbon-research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, studies the boreal forest — the world’s most northerly forest, which circles the top of the globe like a ring of hair around a balding head. A few years ago, while conducting a study in northern Alberta to see how the forest floor was …

China set to introduce gene-editing regulation following CRISPR-baby furore
May 20, 2019

By Nature.com China is poised to introduce a new regulation on gene editing in humans. A draft of the country’s new civil code lists human genes and embryos in a section on personality rights to be protected. Experiments on genes in adults or embryos that endanger human health or violate ethical norms can accordingly be …

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

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 · 240 

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 …

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Why So Many Sharks Have Bird Feathers in Their Bellies
May 21, 2019

By Ed Young Marcus Drymon wasn’t expecting a baby shark to barf up a ball of feathers onto his boat. The shark’s presence wasn’t the weird bit: Drymon and his team of fisheries ecologists regularly assess fish populations along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, and every year, they’ll catch, weigh, tag, and release thousands of …

Scientists Think They Know How Pluto’s Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid
May 21, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer. In a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, these researchers …

Study: It’s easier to be a ‘none’ in Canada than in the US
May 21, 2019

By John Longhurst Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada. “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah …

IL Megachurch Founder Accused of Wanting to Hire Hitman to Murder Son-in-Law
May 21, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A megachurch pastor allegedly asked his personal bodyguard to murder his former son-in-law during a motorcycle trip to the Creation Museum. That’s both a winning Fundamentalist Christian Bingo card and the allegation made by the bodyguard, Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, against the founder of Illinois’ Harvest Bible Chapel church, James MacDonald. MacDonald was a prominent preacher, …

‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up
May 20, 2019

By Alanna Mitchell Cindy Shaw, a carbon-research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, studies the boreal forest — the world’s most northerly forest, which circles the top of the globe like a ring of hair around a balding head. A few years ago, while conducting a study in northern Alberta to see how the forest floor was …

China set to introduce gene-editing regulation following CRISPR-baby furore
May 20, 2019

By Nature.com China is poised to introduce a new regulation on gene editing in humans. A draft of the country’s new civil code lists human genes and embryos in a section on personality rights to be protected. Experiments on genes in adults or embryos that endanger human health or violate ethical norms can accordingly be …

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 50 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

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