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OPEN DISCUSSION SEPTEMBER 2019
Sep 1, 2019 · 89 

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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 43 

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 · 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


Venus May Have Been Habitable Until a Mysterious Catastrophe Millions of Years Ago
Sep 23, 2019

By Peter Dockrill Venus is not a nice place, by human standards. For a world named after a Roman goddess of love and beauty, it really is quite the toxic, super-heated hellscape. But it wasn’t always this way. In a new study, scientists make the case for how ancient Venus could have once supported life alongside oceans of …

A Pastafarian hilariously trolled a town council meeting. The stakes are profoundly serious.
Sep 23, 2019

By Ian Millhiser Last Tuesday, Barrett Fletcher, the “founding pastor of the First Lower Peninsula Congregation of Pastafarians,” placed a pasta strainer on his head and opened an Alaskan local government meeting with a prayer. “I’m called to invoke the power of the true creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator of all lesser and more …

Unvaccinated Children Are Now Barred From Going To School In New York — And Their Anti-Vax Parents Are Really Mad
Sep 23, 2019

By Ellie Hall Furious anti-vax parents in New York this week are posting memes and images of sad children — and have shown up in person to protest the governor — because a new law prohibiting unvaccinated children from attending school went into effect. The mandate, enacted in June, “prohibits a school from permitting any …

The Christian converts who are setting fire to sacred Aboriginal objects
Sep 23, 2019

By Erin Parke Christian missionaries are causing a fresh wave of upset in outback Australia, promising to bring people back from the dead, and promoting the idea traditional Aboriginal culture is a type of devil worship. An investigation by Background Briefing has uncovered dramatic scenes in the Kimberley region, where Aboriginal followers of a Tongan-born …

Scientists worldwide join strikes for climate change
Sep 20, 2019 · 2 

By Quirin Schiermeier & Kate Atkinson Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm last August for the first ever ‘school strike for climate’. One year on, the teenage activist’s Fridays for Future campaign has grown into a global movement involving people of all ages and backgrounds, including many scientists and scholars. As government …

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote
Sep 20, 2019 · 1 

By Emily McFarlan Miller The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Wednesday (Sept. 18), setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years. The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the …

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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 · 256 

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


Venus May Have Been Habitable Until a Mysterious Catastrophe Millions of Years Ago
Sep 23, 2019

By Peter Dockrill Venus is not a nice place, by human standards. For a world named after a Roman goddess of love and beauty, it really is quite the toxic, super-heated hellscape. But it wasn’t always this way. In a new study, scientists make the case for how ancient Venus could have once supported life alongside oceans of …

A Pastafarian hilariously trolled a town council meeting. The stakes are profoundly serious.
Sep 23, 2019

By Ian Millhiser Last Tuesday, Barrett Fletcher, the “founding pastor of the First Lower Peninsula Congregation of Pastafarians,” placed a pasta strainer on his head and opened an Alaskan local government meeting with a prayer. “I’m called to invoke the power of the true creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator of all lesser and more …

Unvaccinated Children Are Now Barred From Going To School In New York — And Their Anti-Vax Parents Are Really Mad
Sep 23, 2019

By Ellie Hall Furious anti-vax parents in New York this week are posting memes and images of sad children — and have shown up in person to protest the governor — because a new law prohibiting unvaccinated children from attending school went into effect. The mandate, enacted in June, “prohibits a school from permitting any …

The Christian converts who are setting fire to sacred Aboriginal objects
Sep 23, 2019

By Erin Parke Christian missionaries are causing a fresh wave of upset in outback Australia, promising to bring people back from the dead, and promoting the idea traditional Aboriginal culture is a type of devil worship. An investigation by Background Briefing has uncovered dramatic scenes in the Kimberley region, where Aboriginal followers of a Tongan-born …

Scientists worldwide join strikes for climate change
Sep 20, 2019 · 2 

By Quirin Schiermeier & Kate Atkinson Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm last August for the first ever ‘school strike for climate’. One year on, the teenage activist’s Fridays for Future campaign has grown into a global movement involving people of all ages and backgrounds, including many scientists and scholars. As government …

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote
Sep 20, 2019 · 1 

By Emily McFarlan Miller The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Wednesday (Sept. 18), setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years. The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION SEPTEMBER 2019
Sep 1, 2019 · 89 

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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