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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 44 

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OPEN DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 2019
Nov 1, 2019 · 72 

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 · 315 

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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NASA finds ‘water ice’ just below the surface of Mars
Dec 13, 2019

By Georgina Torbet To explore the solar system beyond our planet, one important factor is the ability to locate water which can be used for drinking and for creating rocket fuel. To assist in the hunt for water on neighboring Mars, NASA has released a “treasure map” of potential ice locations on the red planet. …

The decline of religion in American family life
Dec 13, 2019

By Daniel A. Cox Most Americans today continue to be raised in a religious denomination or tradition. Only 12 percent of Americans report being raised outside a formal religious tradition. Half (50 percent) report being raised Protestant, close to three in 10 (29 percent) say they were raised Catholic, and significantly fewer Americans were brought …

India just redefined its citizenship criteria to exclude Muslims
Dec 13, 2019

By Sigal Samuel India is home to 200 million Muslims. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have faced mounting threats to their status in the majority-Hindu country. And on Wednesday, they were walloped by a new worrisome development: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The legislation turns religion into a …

She needed to fill her prescription for the morning-after pill. The pharmacist refused because of his ‘beliefs.’
Dec 13, 2019 · 1 

By Katie Shepherd A severe snowstorm was brewing in McGregor, Minn., when Andrea Anderson called her doctor after a condom mishap left her in need of an emergency contraceptive to prevent an unwanted pregnancy last January. “The next morning, I got up and said, ‘We can’t roll the dice,’” she told KSTP. Her gynecologist told the 39-year-old mother …

Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story?
Dec 12, 2019

By Ewen Callaway A cave-wall depiction of a pig and buffalo hunt is the world’s oldest recorded story, claim archaeologists who discovered the work on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The scientists say the scene is more than 44,000 years old. The 4.5-metre-long panel features reddish-brown forms that seem to depict human-like figures hunting local animal …

Trump Asks Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going to Hell To Speak at Hanukkah Reception
Dec 12, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In a bizarre moment during the White House’s Hanukkah Reception yesterday, Donald Trump invited Pastor Robert Jeffress — Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — to address the crowd. In case you’re not familiar with him, that would be the same Robert Jeffress who once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew” during a rant in which he also …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 315 

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


NASA finds ‘water ice’ just below the surface of Mars
Dec 13, 2019

By Georgina Torbet To explore the solar system beyond our planet, one important factor is the ability to locate water which can be used for drinking and for creating rocket fuel. To assist in the hunt for water on neighboring Mars, NASA has released a “treasure map” of potential ice locations on the red planet. …

The decline of religion in American family life
Dec 13, 2019

By Daniel A. Cox Most Americans today continue to be raised in a religious denomination or tradition. Only 12 percent of Americans report being raised outside a formal religious tradition. Half (50 percent) report being raised Protestant, close to three in 10 (29 percent) say they were raised Catholic, and significantly fewer Americans were brought …

India just redefined its citizenship criteria to exclude Muslims
Dec 13, 2019

By Sigal Samuel India is home to 200 million Muslims. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have faced mounting threats to their status in the majority-Hindu country. And on Wednesday, they were walloped by a new worrisome development: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The legislation turns religion into a …

She needed to fill her prescription for the morning-after pill. The pharmacist refused because of his ‘beliefs.’
Dec 13, 2019 · 1 

By Katie Shepherd A severe snowstorm was brewing in McGregor, Minn., when Andrea Anderson called her doctor after a condom mishap left her in need of an emergency contraceptive to prevent an unwanted pregnancy last January. “The next morning, I got up and said, ‘We can’t roll the dice,’” she told KSTP. Her gynecologist told the 39-year-old mother …

Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story?
Dec 12, 2019

By Ewen Callaway A cave-wall depiction of a pig and buffalo hunt is the world’s oldest recorded story, claim archaeologists who discovered the work on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The scientists say the scene is more than 44,000 years old. The 4.5-metre-long panel features reddish-brown forms that seem to depict human-like figures hunting local animal …

Trump Asks Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going to Hell To Speak at Hanukkah Reception
Dec 12, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In a bizarre moment during the White House’s Hanukkah Reception yesterday, Donald Trump invited Pastor Robert Jeffress — Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — to address the crowd. In case you’re not familiar with him, that would be the same Robert Jeffress who once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew” during a rant in which he also …

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OPEN DISCUSSION DECEMBER 2019
Dec 1, 2019 · 44 

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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