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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2019
Jun 1, 2019 · 38 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 90 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

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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) …

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The Magic of Dowsing Keeps Holding On
Jun 26, 2019 · 1 

By Sasha von Oldershausen Before Jeff Boyd became the city of Marfa’s public-works director, he had a long career underwater. As a commercial saturation diver, one of the most specialized kinds of divers around, he would spend his days some 400 feet below the surface, breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen, for month-long stretches. …

Astronomers Have Decoded a Weird Signal Coming from a Strange, 3-Body Star System
Jun 26, 2019

By Rafi Letzter Once or twice a day, a strange object in the Milky Way blinks at us. Now, astronomers think they know why. The object is called NGTS-7, and to most telescopes it looks like a single star. Researchers at the University of Warwick in England started watching because it seemed to be emitting flares, but …

‘Activist Mommy’ Terrorizes LGBTQ Prom With Hateful Phone Campaign
Jun 26, 2019

By Tracy E. Gilchrist Virulently anti-LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Johnston, who goes by the name “Activist Mommy,” launched a phone campaign that succeeded in pushing a branch of the Jacksonville, Fla., Public Library to cancel a queer-inclusive prom at the venue over concerns for the teens’ safety, according to local TV station WJAX.  Johnston is known for …

Former Creation Museum Staffer Exposes “Toxic Culture” of Ken Ham’s Empire
Jun 26, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In October of 2015, Creationist Ken Ham and his colleagues decided to throw a month-long Halloween event at the Creation Museum. (Minus the demons and witchcraft.) There would even be a life-sized creature on hand to take pictures with the kids while museum staffers would be on hand to answer questions about what the …

‘Bathtub rings’ around Titan’s lakes might be made of alien crystals
Jun 25, 2019

By the American Geophysical Union The frigid lakeshores of Saturn’s moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new research being presented here. Scientists re-creating Titan-esque conditions in their laboratory have discovered new compounds and minerals not found on Earth, including a co-crystal made of solid acetylene and butane. Acetylene and butane …

A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’
Jun 25, 2019

By Frederick Clarkson Much has happened since RD broke the story last year of Project Blitz—a stealth state legislative campaign of the Christian right that framed much of their agenda in terms of religious freedom. Controversies over legislation based on model bills have broken out across the country on issues ranging from LGBTQ civil rights and discrimination in …

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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 · 248 

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 …

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The Magic of Dowsing Keeps Holding On
Jun 26, 2019 · 1 

By Sasha von Oldershausen Before Jeff Boyd became the city of Marfa’s public-works director, he had a long career underwater. As a commercial saturation diver, one of the most specialized kinds of divers around, he would spend his days some 400 feet below the surface, breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen, for month-long stretches. …

Astronomers Have Decoded a Weird Signal Coming from a Strange, 3-Body Star System
Jun 26, 2019

By Rafi Letzter Once or twice a day, a strange object in the Milky Way blinks at us. Now, astronomers think they know why. The object is called NGTS-7, and to most telescopes it looks like a single star. Researchers at the University of Warwick in England started watching because it seemed to be emitting flares, but …

‘Activist Mommy’ Terrorizes LGBTQ Prom With Hateful Phone Campaign
Jun 26, 2019

By Tracy E. Gilchrist Virulently anti-LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Johnston, who goes by the name “Activist Mommy,” launched a phone campaign that succeeded in pushing a branch of the Jacksonville, Fla., Public Library to cancel a queer-inclusive prom at the venue over concerns for the teens’ safety, according to local TV station WJAX.  Johnston is known for …

Former Creation Museum Staffer Exposes “Toxic Culture” of Ken Ham’s Empire
Jun 26, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In October of 2015, Creationist Ken Ham and his colleagues decided to throw a month-long Halloween event at the Creation Museum. (Minus the demons and witchcraft.) There would even be a life-sized creature on hand to take pictures with the kids while museum staffers would be on hand to answer questions about what the …

‘Bathtub rings’ around Titan’s lakes might be made of alien crystals
Jun 25, 2019

By the American Geophysical Union The frigid lakeshores of Saturn’s moon Titan might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new research being presented here. Scientists re-creating Titan-esque conditions in their laboratory have discovered new compounds and minerals not found on Earth, including a co-crystal made of solid acetylene and butane. Acetylene and butane …

A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’
Jun 25, 2019

By Frederick Clarkson Much has happened since RD broke the story last year of Project Blitz—a stealth state legislative campaign of the Christian right that framed much of their agenda in terms of religious freedom. Controversies over legislation based on model bills have broken out across the country on issues ranging from LGBTQ civil rights and discrimination in …

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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2019
Jun 1, 2019 · 38 

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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