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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2020
Dec 1, 2020 · 19 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 200 

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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Quran’s prophecy of Covid-19
Sep 8, 2020 · 22 

By Richard Dawkins “There are verses about corona in the Quran.” This was the e-mail I just received from a Muslim zealot. He didn’t name the prophetic verses themselves so I did a bit of Googling and came up with a learned article written by a Muslim “scholar”1: http://muslimmirror.com/eng/probable-mention-of-a-covid-19-like-pandemic-in-the-quran/ I read it and was bowled …

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For the first time, scientists detect the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe
Nov 25, 2020

By Tom Metcalfe In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside the sun. It’s a landmark finding that confirms theoretical predictions from the 1930s, and it’s being hailed as one of …

How can you be LGBTQ+ at an evangelical university? In secret
Nov 25, 2020 · 5 

By Soo Youn It took one weekend to leave Tessa Russell truly exposed. On 6 April 2019, her girlfriend Ash Ables traveled to Liberty University in central Virginia to surprise her. They had been dating for four months, but it was her first time visiting Russell on campus. The two were eating pizza in front …

Indian state criminalises religious conversions by marriage
Nov 25, 2020

By Al-Jazeera India’s governing Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed on Tuesday and follows a …

Scotland Will Finally Remove Unintentional Blasphemy Law In New Hate Crimes Bill
Nov 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Earlier this year, Scotland was on the verge of banning the “crime” of blasphemy. The nation had proposed a new Hate Crimes Bill, designed to modernize the law, that included a clause abolishing “blasphemy” as a crime. That was great news! But the draft bill included a section that criminalized “stirring up hatred” against various groups… …

Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too
Nov 24, 2020 · 1 

By Jon Cohen and John Travis A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the two other vaccines already shown to protect people. Developed by the company AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford, the vaccine had an average efficacy of …

Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …

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Originals


Quran’s prophecy of Covid-19
Sep 8, 2020 · 22 

By Richard Dawkins “There are verses about corona in the Quran.” This was the e-mail I just received from a Muslim zealot. He didn’t name the prophetic verses themselves so I did a bit of Googling and came up with a learned article written by a Muslim “scholar”1: http://muslimmirror.com/eng/probable-mention-of-a-covid-19-like-pandemic-in-the-quran/ I read it and was bowled …

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


For the first time, scientists detect the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe
Nov 25, 2020

By Tom Metcalfe In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside the sun. It’s a landmark finding that confirms theoretical predictions from the 1930s, and it’s being hailed as one of …

How can you be LGBTQ+ at an evangelical university? In secret
Nov 25, 2020 · 5 

By Soo Youn It took one weekend to leave Tessa Russell truly exposed. On 6 April 2019, her girlfriend Ash Ables traveled to Liberty University in central Virginia to surprise her. They had been dating for four months, but it was her first time visiting Russell on campus. The two were eating pizza in front …

Indian state criminalises religious conversions by marriage
Nov 25, 2020

By Al-Jazeera India’s governing Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed on Tuesday and follows a …

Scotland Will Finally Remove Unintentional Blasphemy Law In New Hate Crimes Bill
Nov 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Earlier this year, Scotland was on the verge of banning the “crime” of blasphemy. The nation had proposed a new Hate Crimes Bill, designed to modernize the law, that included a clause abolishing “blasphemy” as a crime. That was great news! But the draft bill included a section that criminalized “stirring up hatred” against various groups… …

Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too
Nov 24, 2020 · 1 

By Jon Cohen and John Travis A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the two other vaccines already shown to protect people. Developed by the company AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford, the vaccine had an average efficacy of …

Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2020
Dec 1, 2020 · 19 

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 that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like to refer back to previous open discussion …

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