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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2019
Oct 1, 2019 · 83 

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OPEN DISCUSSION SEPTEMBER 2019
Sep 1, 2019 · 96 

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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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

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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Mini Gravitational-Wave Detector Could Probe Dark Matter
Oct 11, 2019

By Jeremy Hsu Within one second of the big bang, the first newborn black holes may have announced their formation with gravitational waves that stretched and squeezed the fabric of existence as they rippled outward into the expanding universe. Now researchers at Northwestern University have begun planning a tabletop-size sensor that could detect these primordial …

As STI Rates Soar, Trump Is Funding Clinics That Don’t Believe in Condoms
Oct 11, 2019 · 2 

By Marie Solis Amid record rates of sexually transmitted infections, the Trump administration is handing out millions of dollars in federal funds to religiously affiliated health centers that don’t believe in condoms and refuse to supply them. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on STDs in the United States, announcing that, …

Trump’s Bible Study Leader is Working with a Homophobic Ukrainian Politician
Oct 11, 2019

By Megan Hamilton He teaches weekly Bible study classes for members of the Trump administration and members of Congress. As the founder of Capitol Ministries, he counts Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos among his followers. He uses his influence with Donald Trump and those around him to tighten his octopus-like grip on countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and several other Latin …

Are cracks showing in Trump’s support with evangelicals?
Oct 11, 2019

By Eugene Scott Since the earliest days of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been able to rely on the support of the white evangelical community when other groups have walked away. But this week has revealed two specific incidents suggesting that the president’s grip on this group of conservative Christians might not be …

Giant sauropod dinosaurs may have sported turtlelike beaks
Oct 10, 2019

By John Pickrell Typically taller than four elephants and heftier than a jet airliner, sauropods are among the most famous of the dinosaurs. But scientists may have been wrong about one of their key features. Instead of lizardlike lips, the behemoths sported beaks akin to those of birds or turtles, researchers report here today at …

After Simple Request, Indiana Official Tells Atheists to Stop “Causing Trouble”
Oct 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a meeting of the Porter County Board of Commissioners in Indiana yesterday, there was a heated discussion over who could use the local courthouse lawn on December 6, where religious displays had previously been allowed. For years now, a local non-profit group called Valparaiso Events has booked the space for a …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 308 

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 · 256 

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


Mini Gravitational-Wave Detector Could Probe Dark Matter
Oct 11, 2019

By Jeremy Hsu Within one second of the big bang, the first newborn black holes may have announced their formation with gravitational waves that stretched and squeezed the fabric of existence as they rippled outward into the expanding universe. Now researchers at Northwestern University have begun planning a tabletop-size sensor that could detect these primordial …

As STI Rates Soar, Trump Is Funding Clinics That Don’t Believe in Condoms
Oct 11, 2019 · 2 

By Marie Solis Amid record rates of sexually transmitted infections, the Trump administration is handing out millions of dollars in federal funds to religiously affiliated health centers that don’t believe in condoms and refuse to supply them. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on STDs in the United States, announcing that, …

Trump’s Bible Study Leader is Working with a Homophobic Ukrainian Politician
Oct 11, 2019

By Megan Hamilton He teaches weekly Bible study classes for members of the Trump administration and members of Congress. As the founder of Capitol Ministries, he counts Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos among his followers. He uses his influence with Donald Trump and those around him to tighten his octopus-like grip on countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and several other Latin …

Are cracks showing in Trump’s support with evangelicals?
Oct 11, 2019

By Eugene Scott Since the earliest days of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been able to rely on the support of the white evangelical community when other groups have walked away. But this week has revealed two specific incidents suggesting that the president’s grip on this group of conservative Christians might not be …

Giant sauropod dinosaurs may have sported turtlelike beaks
Oct 10, 2019

By John Pickrell Typically taller than four elephants and heftier than a jet airliner, sauropods are among the most famous of the dinosaurs. But scientists may have been wrong about one of their key features. Instead of lizardlike lips, the behemoths sported beaks akin to those of birds or turtles, researchers report here today at …

After Simple Request, Indiana Official Tells Atheists to Stop “Causing Trouble”
Oct 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a meeting of the Porter County Board of Commissioners in Indiana yesterday, there was a heated discussion over who could use the local courthouse lawn on December 6, where religious displays had previously been allowed. For years now, a local non-profit group called Valparaiso Events has booked the space for a …

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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2019
Oct 1, 2019 · 83 

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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