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OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 95 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 112 

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 …

Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

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


Oil and Gas May Be a Far Bigger Climate Threat Than We Knew
Feb 20, 2020

By Hiroko Tabuchi Oil and gas production may be responsible for a far larger share of the soaring levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in the earth’s atmosphere than previously thought, new research has found. The findings, published in the journal Nature, add urgency to efforts to rein in methane emissions from the fossil fuel …

Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay, does not violate Constitution, appeals court rules
Feb 20, 2020

By Jim Little Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay on city property after the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the presence of the cross does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated previous rulings that the cross violates the separation of church and state …

Mormon Church Formalizes Punishments for Trans Members
Feb 20, 2020

By Trudy Ring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known informally as the Mormon Church, has never been supportive of transgender identity, but now it has fully spelled out its anti-trans positions in a new handbook, available online. “Gender is an essential characteristic of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness,” says the General Handbook: Serving …

226 bills target LGBTQ Americans this year. One organization is behind a lot of them.
Feb 20, 2020

By Molly Sprayregen The group Equality Federation is currently tracking 226 anti-LGBTQ bills being considered in state legislatures throughout the country, and one organization in particular is responsible for many of the bills. Many of the bills are similar and target the transgender community, and specifically transgender youth. “The targeting of kids is really unique this year,” …

Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial
Feb 19, 2020

By Reuters A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave, already famous for fossils of these cousins of our species, is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead – and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals. Scientists said they had discovered the well-preserved upper body skeleton of an adult …

Tennessee Lawmaker: No ‘Solid Evidence’ Earth Is 500 Million Years Old
Feb 19, 2020 · 8 

By Michael Stone Stupid For Jesus: A Tennessee lawmaker refuses to support a resolution about the Cumberland Plateau because he doesn’t believe the Earth is 500 million years old. Tennessee State Rep. Chris Todd argued against a resolution in support of the Cumberland Plateau because the resolution cites scientific research showing the plateau’s sandstone and …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

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 · 261 

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


Oil and Gas May Be a Far Bigger Climate Threat Than We Knew
Feb 20, 2020

By Hiroko Tabuchi Oil and gas production may be responsible for a far larger share of the soaring levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in the earth’s atmosphere than previously thought, new research has found. The findings, published in the journal Nature, add urgency to efforts to rein in methane emissions from the fossil fuel …

Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay, does not violate Constitution, appeals court rules
Feb 20, 2020

By Jim Little Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay on city property after the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the presence of the cross does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated previous rulings that the cross violates the separation of church and state …

Mormon Church Formalizes Punishments for Trans Members
Feb 20, 2020

By Trudy Ring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known informally as the Mormon Church, has never been supportive of transgender identity, but now it has fully spelled out its anti-trans positions in a new handbook, available online. “Gender is an essential characteristic of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness,” says the General Handbook: Serving …

226 bills target LGBTQ Americans this year. One organization is behind a lot of them.
Feb 20, 2020

By Molly Sprayregen The group Equality Federation is currently tracking 226 anti-LGBTQ bills being considered in state legislatures throughout the country, and one organization in particular is responsible for many of the bills. Many of the bills are similar and target the transgender community, and specifically transgender youth. “The targeting of kids is really unique this year,” …

Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial
Feb 19, 2020

By Reuters A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave, already famous for fossils of these cousins of our species, is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead – and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals. Scientists said they had discovered the well-preserved upper body skeleton of an adult …

Tennessee Lawmaker: No ‘Solid Evidence’ Earth Is 500 Million Years Old
Feb 19, 2020 · 8 

By Michael Stone Stupid For Jesus: A Tennessee lawmaker refuses to support a resolution about the Cumberland Plateau because he doesn’t believe the Earth is 500 million years old. Tennessee State Rep. Chris Todd argued against a resolution in support of the Cumberland Plateau because the resolution cites scientific research showing the plateau’s sandstone and …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 95 

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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