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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2020
Oct 1, 2020 · 45 

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 …

BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 196 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

Originals


Quran’s prophecy of Covid-19
Sep 8, 2020 · 12 

By Richard Dawkins “There are verses about corona in the Quran.” This was the e-mail I just received from a Muslim zealot. He didn’t name the prophetic verses themselves so I did a bit of Googling and came up with a learned article written by a Muslim “scholar”1: http://muslimmirror.com/eng/probable-mention-of-a-covid-19-like-pandemic-in-the-quran/ I read it and was bowled …

News


NASA’s first attempt to sample an asteroid in space made a mess. It’s the best mess ever, scientists say.
Oct 23, 2020

By Tariq Malik A NASA spacecraft has really made a mess of things on the asteroid Bennu, and scientists are thrilled. The spacecraft, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe, briefly touched down on Bennu Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21) in the space agency’s first-ever attempt to collect samples of an asteroid. It will take time to confirm if OSIRIS-REx did, in fact, collect pieces …

Coronavirus outbreak strikes L.A. megachurch that defied public health orders
Oct 23, 2020

By Jaclyn Cosgrove An evangelical megachurch in Los Angeles that has defied L.A. County public health orders and held indoor worship services for the last several weeks has been struck with an outbreak of the coronavirus, public health officials confirmed Thursday. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has seen three confirmed cases, according to the …

How Amy Coney Barrett could change the Supreme Court’s balance on religious liberty
Oct 23, 2020

By Jack Jenkins Since the moment Judge Amy Coney Barrett was announced as President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, debate has swirled around how Barrett’s Catholic faith might affect how she would rule on various issues — especially abortion. But some scholars and …

How The Christian Post Sold Its Soul For Trump
Oct 23, 2020

By Napp Nazworth I was politics editor of The Christian Post from 2011 to 2019. I watched it go from anti-Trump to reluctant-Trump to pro-Trump. When leadership made it clear the site would pledge its allegiance to Trump, I faced a tough choice: Should I stay or should I go? This is the story of CP’s gradual descent …

Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution and technology 320,000 years ago
Oct 22, 2020

By Richard Potts People thrive all across the globe, at every temperature, altitude and landscape. How did human beings become so successful at adapting to whatever environment we wind up in? Human origins researchers like me are interested in how this quintessential human trait, adaptability, evolved. At a site in Kenya, my colleagues and I have been working …

How Should an Atheist Think About Death?
Oct 22, 2020 · 6 

By George Yancy In five previous interviews in this series we’ve explored the Buddhist, Jain, Taoist, Jewish and Christian views on death and the afterlife. But what about those without any religious faith or belief in God? Why not, some readers have asked, interview an atheist? So we did. Today’s conversation is with Todd May, the author …

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Originals


Quran’s prophecy of Covid-19
Sep 8, 2020 · 12 

By Richard Dawkins “There are verses about corona in the Quran.” This was the e-mail I just received from a Muslim zealot. He didn’t name the prophetic verses themselves so I did a bit of Googling and came up with a learned article written by a Muslim “scholar”1: http://muslimmirror.com/eng/probable-mention-of-a-covid-19-like-pandemic-in-the-quran/ I read it and was bowled …

Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 320 

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


NASA’s first attempt to sample an asteroid in space made a mess. It’s the best mess ever, scientists say.
Oct 23, 2020

By Tariq Malik A NASA spacecraft has really made a mess of things on the asteroid Bennu, and scientists are thrilled. The spacecraft, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe, briefly touched down on Bennu Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21) in the space agency’s first-ever attempt to collect samples of an asteroid. It will take time to confirm if OSIRIS-REx did, in fact, collect pieces …

Coronavirus outbreak strikes L.A. megachurch that defied public health orders
Oct 23, 2020

By Jaclyn Cosgrove An evangelical megachurch in Los Angeles that has defied L.A. County public health orders and held indoor worship services for the last several weeks has been struck with an outbreak of the coronavirus, public health officials confirmed Thursday. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has seen three confirmed cases, according to the …

How Amy Coney Barrett could change the Supreme Court’s balance on religious liberty
Oct 23, 2020

By Jack Jenkins Since the moment Judge Amy Coney Barrett was announced as President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, debate has swirled around how Barrett’s Catholic faith might affect how she would rule on various issues — especially abortion. But some scholars and …

How The Christian Post Sold Its Soul For Trump
Oct 23, 2020

By Napp Nazworth I was politics editor of The Christian Post from 2011 to 2019. I watched it go from anti-Trump to reluctant-Trump to pro-Trump. When leadership made it clear the site would pledge its allegiance to Trump, I faced a tough choice: Should I stay or should I go? This is the story of CP’s gradual descent …

Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution and technology 320,000 years ago
Oct 22, 2020

By Richard Potts People thrive all across the globe, at every temperature, altitude and landscape. How did human beings become so successful at adapting to whatever environment we wind up in? Human origins researchers like me are interested in how this quintessential human trait, adaptability, evolved. At a site in Kenya, my colleagues and I have been working …

How Should an Atheist Think About Death?
Oct 22, 2020 · 6 

By George Yancy In five previous interviews in this series we’ve explored the Buddhist, Jain, Taoist, Jewish and Christian views on death and the afterlife. But what about those without any religious faith or belief in God? Why not, some readers have asked, interview an atheist? So we did. Today’s conversation is with Todd May, the author …

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OPEN DISCUSSION OCTOBER 2020
Oct 1, 2020 · 45 

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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