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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2020
Aug 1, 2020 · 37 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 190 

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 · 320 

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 bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption
Aug 13, 2020

By Mike Wall Betelgeuse’s odd recent dimming was caused by a huge cloud of material that the supergiant star blasted into space, a new study suggests. The bright star Betelgeuse, which forms the shoulder of the constellation Orion (The Hunter), is about 11 times more massive than the sun but 900 times more voluminous. That bloated condition shows …

Abortion, transgender rights likely to land back before Supreme Court
Aug 13, 2020

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court’s rulings from a momentous just-completed term already are altering the nation’s legal landscape, almost assuring that issues such as abortion and transgender rights will be returning to the high court. In the past week, lower courts have resurrected controversial abortion restrictions in Arkansas, stopped a Vermont program that disfavored …

Trinity Co. (CA) Will Reconsider Putting “In God We Trust” Sign in Meeting Room
Aug 13, 2020

By Hemant Mehta About a month ago, the Trinity County Board of Supervisors in California voted 4-1 to install an “In God We Trust” plaque in the board’s meeting room at the Trinity County Library. That came as a surprise to a lot of residents, who had no opportunity to voice any dissent, and who only found out about …

Missionaries gain access to Amazon’s Indigenous peoples, despite pandemic
Aug 13, 2020

By Eduardo Campos Lima When the first COVID-19 cases hit Brazil in March, the government agency in charge of protecting the country’s Indigenous peoples, the National Indigenous Foundation, ordered all civilians to leave the Indigenous reservations. Only essential workers, such as health care personnel and those involved in food distribution, could remain. But a new …

Antibody therapies could be a bridge to a coronavirus vaccine — but will the world benefit?
Aug 12, 2020

By Heidi Ledford As the race to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 rages on, some researchers are focused on a short-term way to treat people with the disease: monoclonal antibodies. Rather than wait for vaccines to coax the body to make its own antibodies, these scientists want to inject designer versions of these molecules to …

Atheist Kelda Roys Wins Democratic Primary for Wisconsin Senate Seat
Aug 12, 2020

By Hemant Mehta For four years, from 2009-2013, Kelda Roys was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving in a variety of leadership roles. She only left that otherwise-safe seat to run for Congress, in 2012, but lost her primary to the eventual winner (and current member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus) Mark Pocan. Roys took a …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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 · 267 

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


The bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption
Aug 13, 2020

By Mike Wall Betelgeuse’s odd recent dimming was caused by a huge cloud of material that the supergiant star blasted into space, a new study suggests. The bright star Betelgeuse, which forms the shoulder of the constellation Orion (The Hunter), is about 11 times more massive than the sun but 900 times more voluminous. That bloated condition shows …

Abortion, transgender rights likely to land back before Supreme Court
Aug 13, 2020

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court’s rulings from a momentous just-completed term already are altering the nation’s legal landscape, almost assuring that issues such as abortion and transgender rights will be returning to the high court. In the past week, lower courts have resurrected controversial abortion restrictions in Arkansas, stopped a Vermont program that disfavored …

Trinity Co. (CA) Will Reconsider Putting “In God We Trust” Sign in Meeting Room
Aug 13, 2020

By Hemant Mehta About a month ago, the Trinity County Board of Supervisors in California voted 4-1 to install an “In God We Trust” plaque in the board’s meeting room at the Trinity County Library. That came as a surprise to a lot of residents, who had no opportunity to voice any dissent, and who only found out about …

Missionaries gain access to Amazon’s Indigenous peoples, despite pandemic
Aug 13, 2020

By Eduardo Campos Lima When the first COVID-19 cases hit Brazil in March, the government agency in charge of protecting the country’s Indigenous peoples, the National Indigenous Foundation, ordered all civilians to leave the Indigenous reservations. Only essential workers, such as health care personnel and those involved in food distribution, could remain. But a new …

Antibody therapies could be a bridge to a coronavirus vaccine — but will the world benefit?
Aug 12, 2020

By Heidi Ledford As the race to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 rages on, some researchers are focused on a short-term way to treat people with the disease: monoclonal antibodies. Rather than wait for vaccines to coax the body to make its own antibodies, these scientists want to inject designer versions of these molecules to …

Atheist Kelda Roys Wins Democratic Primary for Wisconsin Senate Seat
Aug 12, 2020

By Hemant Mehta For four years, from 2009-2013, Kelda Roys was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving in a variety of leadership roles. She only left that otherwise-safe seat to run for Congress, in 2012, but lost her primary to the eventual winner (and current member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus) Mark Pocan. Roys took a …

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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2020
Aug 1, 2020 · 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 …

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