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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 21 

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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2019
Oct 1, 2019 · 169 

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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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

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


Great apes pass a false-belief test, hinting at a theory of mind
Nov 12, 2019

By Diana Gitig Theory of mind is the recognition that others have mental states, just as you do. It is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to acknowledge that their mental state—their beliefs, their perspectives, how their experiences have shaped them—differs from your own. And therefore that, when people act a certain …

Tony Evers seeks science-related ornaments for the Capitol’s renamed ‘Holiday Tree’
Nov 12, 2019

By Molly Beck MADISON – In a subtle rebuke of his predecessor, Gov. Tony Evers is asking Wisconsin school children to send him science-related ornaments to hang on a two-story tall evergreen in the state Capitol he’s calling a “Holiday Tree.” Evers announced Friday the theme of this year’s tree is “Celebrate Science,” which the Democratic governor …

Nine Evidence-Based Guidelines For A ‘Good Life’
Nov 12, 2019

By Gary M. Bakker For over two millennia, people have been offering or imposing lists of “rules for living,” whether they be the Ten Commandments; lists of seven, twelve, or fifty Golden Rules; Essential Rules for Living or for Living “Your Best Life” or for a “Happy and Fulfilled Life”; or, very recently, Jordan Peterson’s …

Nonedecision 2020: Four Decades of the None Vote
Nov 12, 2019

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera In many states today is Election Day, and millions of people will be going to the polls. Of course, next year voters across the country will be deciding on the next president of the United States. In the intervening twelve months I will be looking at different aspects of secularism and politics …

A Tiny Species That Looks Part-Deer, Part-Mouse Was Missing for Nearly 30 Years. Scientists Just Found It.
Nov 11, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu A tiny creature that looks part-deer, part-mouse hadn’t been seen in nearly 30 years. Now, with a series of camera traps, researchers have caught the silver-backed chevrotain, also called the Vietnam mouse-deer, meandering about its tree-filled home. With the distinguishing silver line down its back that starts just behind its shoulders, the …

Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

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 · 259 

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


Great apes pass a false-belief test, hinting at a theory of mind
Nov 12, 2019

By Diana Gitig Theory of mind is the recognition that others have mental states, just as you do. It is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to acknowledge that their mental state—their beliefs, their perspectives, how their experiences have shaped them—differs from your own. And therefore that, when people act a certain …

Tony Evers seeks science-related ornaments for the Capitol’s renamed ‘Holiday Tree’
Nov 12, 2019

By Molly Beck MADISON – In a subtle rebuke of his predecessor, Gov. Tony Evers is asking Wisconsin school children to send him science-related ornaments to hang on a two-story tall evergreen in the state Capitol he’s calling a “Holiday Tree.” Evers announced Friday the theme of this year’s tree is “Celebrate Science,” which the Democratic governor …

Nine Evidence-Based Guidelines For A ‘Good Life’
Nov 12, 2019

By Gary M. Bakker For over two millennia, people have been offering or imposing lists of “rules for living,” whether they be the Ten Commandments; lists of seven, twelve, or fifty Golden Rules; Essential Rules for Living or for Living “Your Best Life” or for a “Happy and Fulfilled Life”; or, very recently, Jordan Peterson’s …

Nonedecision 2020: Four Decades of the None Vote
Nov 12, 2019

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera In many states today is Election Day, and millions of people will be going to the polls. Of course, next year voters across the country will be deciding on the next president of the United States. In the intervening twelve months I will be looking at different aspects of secularism and politics …

A Tiny Species That Looks Part-Deer, Part-Mouse Was Missing for Nearly 30 Years. Scientists Just Found It.
Nov 11, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu A tiny creature that looks part-deer, part-mouse hadn’t been seen in nearly 30 years. Now, with a series of camera traps, researchers have caught the silver-backed chevrotain, also called the Vietnam mouse-deer, meandering about its tree-filled home. With the distinguishing silver line down its back that starts just behind its shoulders, the …

Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 21 

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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