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OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 70 

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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 96 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 315 

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


The Biggest Celestial Event of the Year Could Happen Tomorrow
Jan 23, 2020

By Marina Koren Sometime this week, you might walk outside in broad daylight, look up at the sky, and see a luminous orb as bright as a full moon. Only it wouldn’t be the moon. It would be something far more explosive: the dazzling aftermath of a cataclysm hundreds of light-years away. You’d be seeing …

Aaron Rodgers: How Can Anyone Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell?
Jan 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta If you pay any attention to football, then you know Aaron Rodgers is both an amazing quarterback and intelligent guy. (He was a winner on Celebrity Jeopardy, too.) About a month ago, he gave an interview to Danica Patrick for her “Pretty Intense” podcast and opened up about his religious skepticism. He spoke about joining a Christian …

School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About ‘Choice,’ It’s About Coerced Support For Religion
Jan 23, 2020

By Andrew L. Seidel Before walking over to the Senate to preside over Donald Trump’s impeachment, this morning Chief Justice John Roberts presided over one of the most significant cases before the Supreme Court, Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. Some argue that this is a case about religious discrimination or school choice. It’s not. …

Trump to become the first president to speak in person at March for Life
Jan 23, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey President Trump announced Wednesday that he will attend Friday’s March for Life, the annual gathering of antiabortion protesters to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision. While other presidents have addressed the annual rally by phone or sent video greetings, Trump would be the first to …

Utah bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children
Jan 23, 2020

By the Associated Press The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to similar efforts in other right-leaning states, …

Ozone-depleting gases might have driven extreme Arctic warming
Jan 22, 2020

By Giuliana Viglione Gases that deplete the ozone layer could be responsible for up to half of the effects of climate change observed in the Arctic from 1955 to 2005. The finding could help to explain the disproportionate toll of climate change on the region, which has long puzzled scientists. The Arctic is warming at …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 315 

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 · 261 

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 Biggest Celestial Event of the Year Could Happen Tomorrow
Jan 23, 2020

By Marina Koren Sometime this week, you might walk outside in broad daylight, look up at the sky, and see a luminous orb as bright as a full moon. Only it wouldn’t be the moon. It would be something far more explosive: the dazzling aftermath of a cataclysm hundreds of light-years away. You’d be seeing …

Aaron Rodgers: How Can Anyone Believe in a God Who Sends People to Hell?
Jan 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta If you pay any attention to football, then you know Aaron Rodgers is both an amazing quarterback and intelligent guy. (He was a winner on Celebrity Jeopardy, too.) About a month ago, he gave an interview to Danica Patrick for her “Pretty Intense” podcast and opened up about his religious skepticism. He spoke about joining a Christian …

School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About ‘Choice,’ It’s About Coerced Support For Religion
Jan 23, 2020

By Andrew L. Seidel Before walking over to the Senate to preside over Donald Trump’s impeachment, this morning Chief Justice John Roberts presided over one of the most significant cases before the Supreme Court, Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. Some argue that this is a case about religious discrimination or school choice. It’s not. …

Trump to become the first president to speak in person at March for Life
Jan 23, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey President Trump announced Wednesday that he will attend Friday’s March for Life, the annual gathering of antiabortion protesters to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision. While other presidents have addressed the annual rally by phone or sent video greetings, Trump would be the first to …

Utah bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children
Jan 23, 2020

By the Associated Press The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to similar efforts in other right-leaning states, …

Ozone-depleting gases might have driven extreme Arctic warming
Jan 22, 2020

By Giuliana Viglione Gases that deplete the ozone layer could be responsible for up to half of the effects of climate change observed in the Arctic from 1955 to 2005. The finding could help to explain the disproportionate toll of climate change on the region, which has long puzzled scientists. The Arctic is warming at …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 70 

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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