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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 33 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2019
Jun 1, 2019 · 39 

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 · 305 

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


Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?
Jul 19, 2019

By Eric Berger The 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic landing on the Moon—this Saturday, July 20th—provokes a decidedly bittersweet feeling. Certainly, this marks an appropriate time to pause and celebrate a singular moment in our shared history, the first time humans ever set foot on another world. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins really …

Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
Jul 19, 2019 · 1 

By Helena Bottemiller Evich The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how to respond to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. Staff members across several USDA agencies drafted the multiyear plan that outlines how …

Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’
Jul 19, 2019

By Gabriella Swerling Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of …

The chaplain of the U.S. House ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ in his chamber prayer amid racism fight
Jul 19, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein The chaplain of the House of Representatives said in his opening prayer Thursday that he would “cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber,” reflecting the dramatic moral terms in which many Americans see our political climate. The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, later told CNN that the idea for …

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening
Jul 18, 2019

By Scott Neuman The Apollo program conjures images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and the massive team effort involved in getting him there. But a fundamental decision that led to the successful lunar landings came largely as a result of one man’s determination to buck the system at NASA. That man was John …

Facing financial boycott, West Virginia’s Catholic diocese agrees to hire new auditor and make findings public
Jul 18, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A few days before protesting West Virginia Catholics were to begin withholding financial giving over alleged misconduct, diocesan leaders agreed to some of their demands, including hiring a new auditor and making that person’s findings public, an organizing laypersons’ group said Wednesday. That would give West Virginia Catholics the first look at …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 305 

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 · 253 

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


Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?
Jul 19, 2019

By Eric Berger The 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic landing on the Moon—this Saturday, July 20th—provokes a decidedly bittersweet feeling. Certainly, this marks an appropriate time to pause and celebrate a singular moment in our shared history, the first time humans ever set foot on another world. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins really …

Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
Jul 19, 2019 · 1 

By Helena Bottemiller Evich The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how to respond to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. Staff members across several USDA agencies drafted the multiyear plan that outlines how …

Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’
Jul 19, 2019

By Gabriella Swerling Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of …

The chaplain of the U.S. House ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ in his chamber prayer amid racism fight
Jul 19, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein The chaplain of the House of Representatives said in his opening prayer Thursday that he would “cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber,” reflecting the dramatic moral terms in which many Americans see our political climate. The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, later told CNN that the idea for …

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening
Jul 18, 2019

By Scott Neuman The Apollo program conjures images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and the massive team effort involved in getting him there. But a fundamental decision that led to the successful lunar landings came largely as a result of one man’s determination to buck the system at NASA. That man was John …

Facing financial boycott, West Virginia’s Catholic diocese agrees to hire new auditor and make findings public
Jul 18, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A few days before protesting West Virginia Catholics were to begin withholding financial giving over alleged misconduct, diocesan leaders agreed to some of their demands, including hiring a new auditor and making that person’s findings public, an organizing laypersons’ group said Wednesday. That would give West Virginia Catholics the first look at …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 33 

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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