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OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 79 

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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 …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 6 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

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Talking Black Holes with Astrophysicist Katie Mack
Apr 24, 2019

By Brian Malow On the heels of the recent announcement by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration of the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole, I interviewed astrophysicist Katie Mack about the new image and black holes in general. Katie is an assistant professor of physics at NC State and a member of the university’s Leadership in Public Science …

Vast Expanses of Rock on Earth’s Surface May Act Like a Natural Solar Panel
Apr 24, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu Scientists have found electricity flowing in an unexpected place — across the surfaces of rocks. Mineral coatings on rocks turn sunlight into electricity, turning on like a light switch when the sun hits them, according to a study published April 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Plants use …

Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Stance Against Anti-Gay Foster Care Agencies
Apr 24, 2019

By David G. McAfee Finally, something we can celebrate. The city of Philadelphia’s decision not to send foster children to agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples was unanimously vindicated by an appellate court. A local Republican may have said not sending kids to such faith-based agencies amounted to “anti-religious” discrimination, but the Third Circuit Court …

Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies
Apr 24, 2019

By Jack Jenkins White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday (April 23) that faith drives the Trump administration’s policy proposals, arguing that “the principles of our faith (are) being manifest” under the president’s watch. Also in attendance at the breakfast — a largely conservative religious gathering …

Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”
Apr 23, 2019

By Brian Resnick Around 15 minutes after a mammal’s brain is cut off from oxygen, the organ is supposed to die. Without life-giving oxygen, the cells of the brain quickly starve. Some of the cells burst open, while the chemistry of others becomes so imbalanced that their membranes break down. This frenzied spiral ends one …

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
Apr 23, 2019 · 1 

By Jeffrey M. Jones As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average …

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Originals


An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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 …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 6 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

News


Talking Black Holes with Astrophysicist Katie Mack
Apr 24, 2019

By Brian Malow On the heels of the recent announcement by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration of the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole, I interviewed astrophysicist Katie Mack about the new image and black holes in general. Katie is an assistant professor of physics at NC State and a member of the university’s Leadership in Public Science …

Vast Expanses of Rock on Earth’s Surface May Act Like a Natural Solar Panel
Apr 24, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu Scientists have found electricity flowing in an unexpected place — across the surfaces of rocks. Mineral coatings on rocks turn sunlight into electricity, turning on like a light switch when the sun hits them, according to a study published April 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Plants use …

Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Stance Against Anti-Gay Foster Care Agencies
Apr 24, 2019

By David G. McAfee Finally, something we can celebrate. The city of Philadelphia’s decision not to send foster children to agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples was unanimously vindicated by an appellate court. A local Republican may have said not sending kids to such faith-based agencies amounted to “anti-religious” discrimination, but the Third Circuit Court …

Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies
Apr 24, 2019

By Jack Jenkins White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday (April 23) that faith drives the Trump administration’s policy proposals, arguing that “the principles of our faith (are) being manifest” under the president’s watch. Also in attendance at the breakfast — a largely conservative religious gathering …

Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”
Apr 23, 2019

By Brian Resnick Around 15 minutes after a mammal’s brain is cut off from oxygen, the organ is supposed to die. Without life-giving oxygen, the cells of the brain quickly starve. Some of the cells burst open, while the chemistry of others becomes so imbalanced that their membranes break down. This frenzied spiral ends one …

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
Apr 23, 2019 · 1 

By Jeffrey M. Jones As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 79 

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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