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OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 89 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 112 

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 · 319 

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


How Do You Get from the Trailer Park to a White House Job? Give Money to Trump’s Spiritual Adviser.
Feb 18, 2020

By Stephanie Mencimer On a Friday morning in February, televangelist Paula White-Cain spent more than two hours preaching at the King Jesus church Supernatural Ministry School in Miami. With top billing on the event website as “Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser,” White stood in front of a stage with a light show befitting a Pink Floyd cover band. …

How the Celebrated “Pale Blue Dot” Image Came to Be
Feb 18, 2020 · 1 

By Carolyn Porco Thirty years ago, on February 14, 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft directed its cameras to take one last historic array of planetary images. Sitting high above the ecliptic plane, nine years and three months beyond its last planetary encounter with Saturn and four billion miles from the sun, farther than the orbit of …

What’s on pastors’ minds? It’s not religious liberty
Feb 18, 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service What’s on pastors’ minds? It may not be what you think, according to a new report from Barna Group. A survey by the California-based Christian research firm found that Protestant pastors are worried less about hot political topics like religious liberty than they are about the decline of …

Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities
Feb 18, 2020

By Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Joel Thiessen Abstract Drawing on a representative survey sample of just over 2,500 young adult respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 from across the USA and Canada, our study seeks to understand who exactly takes part in organized and digital nonbelief activities. Our findings show that (a) there is …

The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting Star
Feb 17, 2020 · 1 

By Dennis Overbye Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star that marks the armpit of Orion the Hunter, has been dramatically and mysteriously dimming for the last six months. Some astronomers and excitable members of the public have wondered if the star is about to explode as a supernova. Others have suggested more prosaic explanations, involving long-term cycles of variability, sunspots …

Pete Buttigieg Is “Deserving of Death” For Being Gay, Preacher Says
Feb 17, 2020

By David G. McAfee Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is “deserving of death” because he is gay, according to a preacher writing for Charisma News. Mayor Buttigieg’s homosexuality is actually bringing the “death rattle of a nation,” writes Bert Farias, who said in 2014 that homosexuality is a “putrid-smelling demon.” Farias is upset that people are celebrating that Buttigieg is able to …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

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


How Do You Get from the Trailer Park to a White House Job? Give Money to Trump’s Spiritual Adviser.
Feb 18, 2020

By Stephanie Mencimer On a Friday morning in February, televangelist Paula White-Cain spent more than two hours preaching at the King Jesus church Supernatural Ministry School in Miami. With top billing on the event website as “Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser,” White stood in front of a stage with a light show befitting a Pink Floyd cover band. …

How the Celebrated “Pale Blue Dot” Image Came to Be
Feb 18, 2020 · 1 

By Carolyn Porco Thirty years ago, on February 14, 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft directed its cameras to take one last historic array of planetary images. Sitting high above the ecliptic plane, nine years and three months beyond its last planetary encounter with Saturn and four billion miles from the sun, farther than the orbit of …

What’s on pastors’ minds? It’s not religious liberty
Feb 18, 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service What’s on pastors’ minds? It may not be what you think, according to a new report from Barna Group. A survey by the California-based Christian research firm found that Protestant pastors are worried less about hot political topics like religious liberty than they are about the decline of …

Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities
Feb 18, 2020

By Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Joel Thiessen Abstract Drawing on a representative survey sample of just over 2,500 young adult respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 from across the USA and Canada, our study seeks to understand who exactly takes part in organized and digital nonbelief activities. Our findings show that (a) there is …

The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting Star
Feb 17, 2020 · 1 

By Dennis Overbye Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star that marks the armpit of Orion the Hunter, has been dramatically and mysteriously dimming for the last six months. Some astronomers and excitable members of the public have wondered if the star is about to explode as a supernova. Others have suggested more prosaic explanations, involving long-term cycles of variability, sunspots …

Pete Buttigieg Is “Deserving of Death” For Being Gay, Preacher Says
Feb 17, 2020

By David G. McAfee Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is “deserving of death” because he is gay, according to a preacher writing for Charisma News. Mayor Buttigieg’s homosexuality is actually bringing the “death rattle of a nation,” writes Bert Farias, who said in 2014 that homosexuality is a “putrid-smelling demon.” Farias is upset that people are celebrating that Buttigieg is able to …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 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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