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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 33 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2019
Jun 1, 2019 · 39 

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 · 307 

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


This Is an Image of Quantum Entanglement… Sort Of
Jul 23, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum A new quantum mechanics experiment shows the field’s spookiest concept, entanglement, in a whole new way. But, of course, it’s not as simple as that. Lots of other news outlets have covered what they’ve described as the first-ever image, or even a “photo,” of entanglement, sometimes called spooky action at a …

Until death or zombies do us part: The new wedding vows
Jul 23, 2019

By Vicky Allan Ten years ago, when Elizabeth and Bengtis Ericsson got married they shunned the traditional vows and made up their own. As well as penning some together they each created a “secret” vow that neither told each other before the ceremony. The result, hilarious and touching in an unplanned way, was that Bengtis …

What Americans Know About Religion
Jul 23, 2019 · 1 

By the Pew Research Center Most Americans are familiar with some of the basics of Christianity and the Bible, and even a few facts about Islam. But far fewer U.S. adults are able to correctly answer factual questions about Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, and most do not know what the U.S. Constitution says about religion …

Atheists’ board invocations help religious freedom
Jul 23, 2019

By James Coffin Commissioners on the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners were no doubt stunned when, on July 8, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously declared (Williamson v. Brevard County) that the commissioners’ practice of automatically denying atheists the opportunity to offer solemnizing invocations/reflections at the …

What Boris Johnson’s leadership could mean for science
Jul 23, 2019 · 1 

By Holly Else Boris Johnson has been selected as the United Kingdom’s new prime minister — and is poised to lead the country out of the European Union. At the forefront of many scientists’ minds are questions about how Johnson’s leadership, including his support for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, will affect research. They fear that British …

Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95
Jul 23, 2019

By Robert D. McFadden Christopher C. Kraft Jr., the legendary founder of NASA’s mission control, who directed America’s first piloted orbital flights, oversaw the Apollo 11 lunar landing and was director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, died on Monday in Houston, two days after the 50th anniversary of that historic moment on the moon. …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 307 

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 · 253 

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


This Is an Image of Quantum Entanglement… Sort Of
Jul 23, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum A new quantum mechanics experiment shows the field’s spookiest concept, entanglement, in a whole new way. But, of course, it’s not as simple as that. Lots of other news outlets have covered what they’ve described as the first-ever image, or even a “photo,” of entanglement, sometimes called spooky action at a …

Until death or zombies do us part: The new wedding vows
Jul 23, 2019

By Vicky Allan Ten years ago, when Elizabeth and Bengtis Ericsson got married they shunned the traditional vows and made up their own. As well as penning some together they each created a “secret” vow that neither told each other before the ceremony. The result, hilarious and touching in an unplanned way, was that Bengtis …

What Americans Know About Religion
Jul 23, 2019 · 1 

By the Pew Research Center Most Americans are familiar with some of the basics of Christianity and the Bible, and even a few facts about Islam. But far fewer U.S. adults are able to correctly answer factual questions about Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, and most do not know what the U.S. Constitution says about religion …

Atheists’ board invocations help religious freedom
Jul 23, 2019

By James Coffin Commissioners on the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners were no doubt stunned when, on July 8, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously declared (Williamson v. Brevard County) that the commissioners’ practice of automatically denying atheists the opportunity to offer solemnizing invocations/reflections at the …

What Boris Johnson’s leadership could mean for science
Jul 23, 2019 · 1 

By Holly Else Boris Johnson has been selected as the United Kingdom’s new prime minister — and is poised to lead the country out of the European Union. At the forefront of many scientists’ minds are questions about how Johnson’s leadership, including his support for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, will affect research. They fear that British …

Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95
Jul 23, 2019

By Robert D. McFadden Christopher C. Kraft Jr., the legendary founder of NASA’s mission control, who directed America’s first piloted orbital flights, oversaw the Apollo 11 lunar landing and was director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, died on Monday in Houston, two days after the 50th anniversary of that historic moment on the moon. …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2019
Jul 1, 2019 · 33 

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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