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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2020
May 31, 2020 · 12 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 171 

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


Martian moon’s orbit suggests the Red Planet had a ring
Jun 3, 2020

By Elizabeth Howell A cycle of moon formation could explain the slightly tilted orbit of Mars’ moon Deimos. Mars has two moons circling the planet, called Phobos and Deimos. For many years, scientists supposed that both of these moons were captured asteroids, or space rocks. But new research shows the orbit of Deimos would not make that possible. …

30 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 after religious revival in Idaho Falls
Jun 3, 2020

By Eric Grossarth At least 30 people who attended a religious revival in Idaho Falls have been diagnosed with or are suspected to have COVID-19. The Idaho Falls Potter’s House Christian Center on Lomax Street held a multi-day revival near the end of May. In the days following the event, people who attended began showing …

A Sliver Of White Evangelicals Abandoning Trump, But That May Be Enough
Jun 3, 2020

By Daniel Schultz Donald Trump is losing the 2020 election, but you’d hardly know it by looking at the latest survey of various religious groups by PRRI (and by “various religious groups,” I really mean “mostly white Christians”). PRRI says that 66% of white evangelicals look favorably on Pres. Trump, as do 44% of white mainline …

‘I find it baffling and reprehensible’: Catholic archbishop of Washington slams Trump’s visit to John Paul II shrine
Jun 3, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein President Trump triggered sharp condemnation from top religious leaders for the second time in two days on Tuesday, with Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory slamming his visit to a D.C. shrine honoring Pope John Paul II. On Monday, Trump’s appearance in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from …

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 · 2 

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 …

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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


Martian moon’s orbit suggests the Red Planet had a ring
Jun 3, 2020

By Elizabeth Howell A cycle of moon formation could explain the slightly tilted orbit of Mars’ moon Deimos. Mars has two moons circling the planet, called Phobos and Deimos. For many years, scientists supposed that both of these moons were captured asteroids, or space rocks. But new research shows the orbit of Deimos would not make that possible. …

30 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 after religious revival in Idaho Falls
Jun 3, 2020

By Eric Grossarth At least 30 people who attended a religious revival in Idaho Falls have been diagnosed with or are suspected to have COVID-19. The Idaho Falls Potter’s House Christian Center on Lomax Street held a multi-day revival near the end of May. In the days following the event, people who attended began showing …

A Sliver Of White Evangelicals Abandoning Trump, But That May Be Enough
Jun 3, 2020

By Daniel Schultz Donald Trump is losing the 2020 election, but you’d hardly know it by looking at the latest survey of various religious groups by PRRI (and by “various religious groups,” I really mean “mostly white Christians”). PRRI says that 66% of white evangelicals look favorably on Pres. Trump, as do 44% of white mainline …

‘I find it baffling and reprehensible’: Catholic archbishop of Washington slams Trump’s visit to John Paul II shrine
Jun 3, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein President Trump triggered sharp condemnation from top religious leaders for the second time in two days on Tuesday, with Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory slamming his visit to a D.C. shrine honoring Pope John Paul II. On Monday, Trump’s appearance in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from …

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 · 2 

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 …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2020
May 31, 2020 · 12 

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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