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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 37 

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


NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission—and It Won’t Be Ready on Time
Aug 21, 2019

By Jillian Kramer Just weeks after NASA’s Europa Clipper mission quietly received a formal commitment to a final cost and timeline from the agency, it looks increasingly like the spacecraft will not fly on its legally mandated megarocket, the Space Launch System (SLS)—at least, not in the timeline outlined by Congress—documents and experts confirm. Because of the …

Southern California Atheist Group Raising Funds To End Alzheimer’s Disease
Aug 21, 2019

By Richard Wade For the last 11 years, the Santa Clarita Atheists and Freethinkers (SCAF) has gradually grown in size and vitality, and I have had the great privilege to be the group’s leader for the last three of those years. Even in “liberal” southern California, not believing in the local god can have serious social and …

Court upholds convictions against highest-ranking Catholic official jailed on charges of child sex abuse
Aug 21, 2019 · 1 

By A. Odysseus Patrick The most senior priest jailed for child abuse in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church failed to convince an Australian court on Wednesday that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Australian Cardinal George Pell will have to continue to serve his six-year jail term for sexually assaulting …

Conservative Evangelicals Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Sadists
Aug 21, 2019

By Daniel Schultz Late last week, my friend John Stoehr made a daring argument: “white evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump isn’t rooted in hypocrisy, contradiction or merely straying from the straight and narrow,” he said. “The reason they support a fascist president is simple: They’re sadists.” You have to read the article to capture the …

Why Stowaway Creatures On The Moon Confound International Space Law
Aug 20, 2019 · 1 

By Loren Grush This month, space enthusiasts were shocked to learn that an Israeli lunar lander that crashed into the Moon’s surface in April actually had some passengers aboard: a tiny capsule filled with dehydrated microscopic organisms known as tardigrades. These little “water bears,” known to withstand very extreme environments, may have survived the wreck. Almost no one …

Trust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts
Aug 20, 2019

By Care Funk, Meg Hefferon, Brian Kennedy, and Courtney Johnson In an era when science and politics often appear to collide, public confidence in scientists is on the upswing, and six-in-ten Americans say scientists should play an active role in policy debates about scientific issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey …

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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 · 254 

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


NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission—and It Won’t Be Ready on Time
Aug 21, 2019

By Jillian Kramer Just weeks after NASA’s Europa Clipper mission quietly received a formal commitment to a final cost and timeline from the agency, it looks increasingly like the spacecraft will not fly on its legally mandated megarocket, the Space Launch System (SLS)—at least, not in the timeline outlined by Congress—documents and experts confirm. Because of the …

Southern California Atheist Group Raising Funds To End Alzheimer’s Disease
Aug 21, 2019

By Richard Wade For the last 11 years, the Santa Clarita Atheists and Freethinkers (SCAF) has gradually grown in size and vitality, and I have had the great privilege to be the group’s leader for the last three of those years. Even in “liberal” southern California, not believing in the local god can have serious social and …

Court upholds convictions against highest-ranking Catholic official jailed on charges of child sex abuse
Aug 21, 2019 · 1 

By A. Odysseus Patrick The most senior priest jailed for child abuse in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church failed to convince an Australian court on Wednesday that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Australian Cardinal George Pell will have to continue to serve his six-year jail term for sexually assaulting …

Conservative Evangelicals Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Sadists
Aug 21, 2019

By Daniel Schultz Late last week, my friend John Stoehr made a daring argument: “white evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump isn’t rooted in hypocrisy, contradiction or merely straying from the straight and narrow,” he said. “The reason they support a fascist president is simple: They’re sadists.” You have to read the article to capture the …

Why Stowaway Creatures On The Moon Confound International Space Law
Aug 20, 2019 · 1 

By Loren Grush This month, space enthusiasts were shocked to learn that an Israeli lunar lander that crashed into the Moon’s surface in April actually had some passengers aboard: a tiny capsule filled with dehydrated microscopic organisms known as tardigrades. These little “water bears,” known to withstand very extreme environments, may have survived the wreck. Almost no one …

Trust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts
Aug 20, 2019

By Care Funk, Meg Hefferon, Brian Kennedy, and Courtney Johnson In an era when science and politics often appear to collide, public confidence in scientists is on the upswing, and six-in-ten Americans say scientists should play an active role in policy debates about scientific issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2019
Aug 1, 2019 · 20 

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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