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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 25 

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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2019
Oct 1, 2019 · 169 

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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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 312 

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


A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy
Nov 15, 2019

By Dennis Overbye There are fastballs, and then there are cosmic fastballs. Now it seems that the strongest arm in our galaxy might belong to a supermassive black hole that lives smack in the middle of the Milky Way. Astronomers recently discovered a star whizzing out of the center of our galaxy at the seriously …

Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies
Nov 15, 2019

By Anna Merlan On an early Friday morning in November 2018, the ground gave way in Anchorage, Alaska. At 8:29 a.m., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit just north of the city. Street lights blinked off, highways began to buckle, and buildings shook as enormous cracks opened in the walls and floors, coughing plumes of dust …

Principal who banned gay books charged with child pornography
Nov 15, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A former Kentucky school principal has been indicted on child pornography charges, a decade after he first made headlines for banning books with LGBTQ storylines. Phillip Todd Wilson, the former principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center in Winchester, Kentucky, was charged with 17 child pornography and distribution charges in August, …

Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion
Nov 15, 2019

By WKRC Staff COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) – Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.” Under the law, students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious …

Meet Arrokoth, the Most Distant Object Ever Explored
Nov 14, 2019

By Mike Wall Hopefully you weren’t too attached to “2014 MU69,” because the most distant object ever explored has a new name. The 21-mile-wide (34 kilometers) body visited by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 1 is now officially known as Arrokoth, a term that means “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language, mission team members announced today (Nov. …

Hundreds of Students Protested Their Christian High School for Threatening a Gay Classmate
Nov 14, 2019

By Wren Sanders On November 8th, roughly 200 students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the largest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, walked out of their afternoon classes to stand in solidarity with a classmate who had reportedly been subjected to disciplinary action because of her sexuality. The Friday demonstration followed a Buzzfeed report published …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 312 

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 · 259 

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


A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy
Nov 15, 2019

By Dennis Overbye There are fastballs, and then there are cosmic fastballs. Now it seems that the strongest arm in our galaxy might belong to a supermassive black hole that lives smack in the middle of the Milky Way. Astronomers recently discovered a star whizzing out of the center of our galaxy at the seriously …

Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies
Nov 15, 2019

By Anna Merlan On an early Friday morning in November 2018, the ground gave way in Anchorage, Alaska. At 8:29 a.m., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit just north of the city. Street lights blinked off, highways began to buckle, and buildings shook as enormous cracks opened in the walls and floors, coughing plumes of dust …

Principal who banned gay books charged with child pornography
Nov 15, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A former Kentucky school principal has been indicted on child pornography charges, a decade after he first made headlines for banning books with LGBTQ storylines. Phillip Todd Wilson, the former principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center in Winchester, Kentucky, was charged with 17 child pornography and distribution charges in August, …

Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion
Nov 15, 2019

By WKRC Staff COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) – Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.” Under the law, students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious …

Meet Arrokoth, the Most Distant Object Ever Explored
Nov 14, 2019

By Mike Wall Hopefully you weren’t too attached to “2014 MU69,” because the most distant object ever explored has a new name. The 21-mile-wide (34 kilometers) body visited by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 1 is now officially known as Arrokoth, a term that means “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language, mission team members announced today (Nov. …

Hundreds of Students Protested Their Christian High School for Threatening a Gay Classmate
Nov 14, 2019

By Wren Sanders On November 8th, roughly 200 students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the largest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, walked out of their afternoon classes to stand in solidarity with a classmate who had reportedly been subjected to disciplinary action because of her sexuality. The Friday demonstration followed a Buzzfeed report published …

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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 25 

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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