Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION MARCH 2020
Mar 1, 2020 · 137 

This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. If you would like to refer back to previous open discussion threads, the three most recent ones can be accessed via the links below (but please continue any discussions from them here …

OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 160 

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


The $1 billion bet: Pharma giant and U.S. government team up in all-out coronavirus vaccine push
Mar 31, 2020

By Jon Cohen The crowded race to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus just received a potential billion-dollar boost: Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on 30 March that it and the U.S. government, through a military research agency, would together devote up to that amount to move a candidate product made by its Janssen …

‘My Pillow’ Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans To Focus On Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing
Mar 31, 2020

By Jeffery Martin After MyPillow founder Mike Lindell appeared Monday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing to announce his company’s intention to produce face masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the term “My Pillow” became the number one trending topic on Twitter. Lindell told reporters he had diverted 75 percent of …

Viciously anti-LGBTQ group runs Central Park tent hospital & forces volunteers to reject gay rights
Mar 31, 2020

By Bil Browning Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian group that regularly takes advantage of humanitarian crises to spread their far-right agenda, has been revealed as the charity behind a tent hospital that has been erected in New York City’s Central Park. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, leads the group. Graham’s history …

Falwell Holds One-Man-Stand As Coronavirus Fears, Criticism Rain Down On Liberty U
Mar 31, 2020

By Kate Riga After nearly 2,000 students flooded back to Liberty University fresh off of spring break, the school’s president Jerry Falwell is mounting a one-man stand against the governor, local officials and The New York Times. The doctor who runs Liberty University’s student health service, Dr. Thomas Eppes, told the New York Times that already at …

The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague
Mar 31, 2020

By Jared Yates Sexton President Donald Trump answered questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. …

‘We need to be alert’: Scientists fear second coronavirus wave as China’s lockdowns ease
Mar 30, 2020

By David Cyranoski For the first time in months, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the coronavirus first emerged, is getting attention for a good reason. COVID-19 cases there have dropped to practically zero, and last week authorities lifted travel restrictions in and out of the province, some 60 days after much of it was …

Social


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 · 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


The $1 billion bet: Pharma giant and U.S. government team up in all-out coronavirus vaccine push
Mar 31, 2020

By Jon Cohen The crowded race to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus just received a potential billion-dollar boost: Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on 30 March that it and the U.S. government, through a military research agency, would together devote up to that amount to move a candidate product made by its Janssen …

‘My Pillow’ Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans To Focus On Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing
Mar 31, 2020

By Jeffery Martin After MyPillow founder Mike Lindell appeared Monday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing to announce his company’s intention to produce face masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the term “My Pillow” became the number one trending topic on Twitter. Lindell told reporters he had diverted 75 percent of …

Viciously anti-LGBTQ group runs Central Park tent hospital & forces volunteers to reject gay rights
Mar 31, 2020

By Bil Browning Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian group that regularly takes advantage of humanitarian crises to spread their far-right agenda, has been revealed as the charity behind a tent hospital that has been erected in New York City’s Central Park. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, leads the group. Graham’s history …

Falwell Holds One-Man-Stand As Coronavirus Fears, Criticism Rain Down On Liberty U
Mar 31, 2020

By Kate Riga After nearly 2,000 students flooded back to Liberty University fresh off of spring break, the school’s president Jerry Falwell is mounting a one-man stand against the governor, local officials and The New York Times. The doctor who runs Liberty University’s student health service, Dr. Thomas Eppes, told the New York Times that already at …

The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague
Mar 31, 2020

By Jared Yates Sexton President Donald Trump answered questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. …

‘We need to be alert’: Scientists fear second coronavirus wave as China’s lockdowns ease
Mar 30, 2020

By David Cyranoski For the first time in months, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the coronavirus first emerged, is getting attention for a good reason. COVID-19 cases there have dropped to practically zero, and last week authorities lifted travel restrictions in and out of the province, some 60 days after much of it was …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION MARCH 2020
Mar 1, 2020 · 137 

This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. If you would like to refer back to previous open discussion threads, the three most recent ones can be accessed via the links below (but please continue any discussions from them here …

Social