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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2020
May 31, 2020 · 10 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 169 

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 …

Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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


Black Hole Seen Blasting Out Jets at Close to the Speed of Light
Jun 2, 2020

By Evan Gough The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a distant black hole shooting out jets of material, at close to the speed of light. No worries, this beast is about 10,000 light years away from us. It’s more of a spectacle than a danger. But it’s a spectacle laden with scientific insights. I know …

One in Five Americans Believe that a Democrat will Ban the Bible
Jun 2, 2020

By Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge By now, everyone has seen it. The photo op that came at the cost of tear gassing (banned in war by the Geneva Convention) and shooting protesters outside the White House, so Trump could hold up a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, while a …

Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple
Jun 2, 2020

By Ilan Ben Zion Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an 8th-century B.C. shrine at Tel Arad offers the first …

Trump Poses With Bible After Mobilizing Military Against Protesters
Jun 2, 2020 · 3 

By Michael Stone Shades Of Theocracy: President Donald Trump posed with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church after promising to use the U.S. military against the widespread demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd by police. Escalating an already tense situation, Trump, speaking  to the press at the White House Rose Garden, said …

With SpaceX’s first astronaut launch, a new era of human spaceflight has dawned
Jun 1, 2020

By Mike Wall We’ve gotten our hopes up before. The success of NASA’s Apollo moon missions half a century ago, for example, made Mars seem very much within reach for human explorers. Indeed, the space agency drew up plans to put boots on the Red Planet by the early 1980s, but shifting political and societal winds killed that …

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
Jun 1, 2020

By Mark Sherman A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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 · 265 

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


Black Hole Seen Blasting Out Jets at Close to the Speed of Light
Jun 2, 2020

By Evan Gough The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a distant black hole shooting out jets of material, at close to the speed of light. No worries, this beast is about 10,000 light years away from us. It’s more of a spectacle than a danger. But it’s a spectacle laden with scientific insights. I know …

One in Five Americans Believe that a Democrat will Ban the Bible
Jun 2, 2020

By Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge By now, everyone has seen it. The photo op that came at the cost of tear gassing (banned in war by the Geneva Convention) and shooting protesters outside the White House, so Trump could hold up a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, while a …

Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple
Jun 2, 2020

By Ilan Ben Zion Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an 8th-century B.C. shrine at Tel Arad offers the first …

Trump Poses With Bible After Mobilizing Military Against Protesters
Jun 2, 2020 · 3 

By Michael Stone Shades Of Theocracy: President Donald Trump posed with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church after promising to use the U.S. military against the widespread demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd by police. Escalating an already tense situation, Trump, speaking  to the press at the White House Rose Garden, said …

With SpaceX’s first astronaut launch, a new era of human spaceflight has dawned
Jun 1, 2020

By Mike Wall We’ve gotten our hopes up before. The success of NASA’s Apollo moon missions half a century ago, for example, made Mars seem very much within reach for human explorers. Indeed, the space agency drew up plans to put boots on the Red Planet by the early 1980s, but shifting political and societal winds killed that …

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
Jun 1, 2020

By Mark Sherman A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2020
May 31, 2020 · 10 

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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