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OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 132 

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OPEN DISCUSSION JANUARY 2020
Jan 1, 2020 · 112 

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 · 319 

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


The universe could possibly have more dimensions. Here’s how.
Feb 25, 2020

By Paul Sutter String theory is a purported theory of everything that physicists hope will one day explain … everything. All the forces, all the particles, all the constants, all the things under a single theoretical roof, where everything that we see is the result of tiny, vibrating strings. Theorists have been working on the idea …

Son of pastor John MacArthur charged in $16 million investment scheme
Feb 25, 2020

By Alejandra Molina A complaint was filed against Mark MacArthur, son of evangelical pastor and radio host John MacArthur, alleging the younger MacArthur and his former business partner defrauded clients in a $16 million investment scheme. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 12 charged the California-based investment advisory firm Criterion Wealth Management Insurance Services …

Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video
Feb 25, 2020

By the BBC Saudi officials have called for the arrest of a female rapper who released a music video for her song Mecca Girl that praises women from the holy city as “powerful and beautiful”. Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities “hypocritical”. In 2018 the crown prince of the conservative country began a …

A (Real) Military Trial Took Place at Liberty U., With Students as Lawyers
Feb 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Not long ago, a military dog noticed the scent of drugs coming out of the dorm room of a man in the Air Force. When officers investigated, the dog signaled to its handlers that the drugs were on the airman… but nothing was found on his body, or in his belongings, or in …

Supreme Court to decide whether faith-based foster-care agencies can reject same-sex couples
Feb 24, 2020

By Pete Williams The Supreme Court said Monday it will take up a dispute between the city of Philadelphia and a Catholic charity over the suitability of same-sex parents to provide foster care. The issue is when enforcement of laws against discrimination goes too far, violating religious freedom. The case could lead the court to reconsider its 30-year-old …

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dies at 101
Feb 24, 2020

By Elisha Fieldstadt Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. She was 101. Johnson “was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

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


The universe could possibly have more dimensions. Here’s how.
Feb 25, 2020

By Paul Sutter String theory is a purported theory of everything that physicists hope will one day explain … everything. All the forces, all the particles, all the constants, all the things under a single theoretical roof, where everything that we see is the result of tiny, vibrating strings. Theorists have been working on the idea …

Son of pastor John MacArthur charged in $16 million investment scheme
Feb 25, 2020

By Alejandra Molina A complaint was filed against Mark MacArthur, son of evangelical pastor and radio host John MacArthur, alleging the younger MacArthur and his former business partner defrauded clients in a $16 million investment scheme. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 12 charged the California-based investment advisory firm Criterion Wealth Management Insurance Services …

Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video
Feb 25, 2020

By the BBC Saudi officials have called for the arrest of a female rapper who released a music video for her song Mecca Girl that praises women from the holy city as “powerful and beautiful”. Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities “hypocritical”. In 2018 the crown prince of the conservative country began a …

A (Real) Military Trial Took Place at Liberty U., With Students as Lawyers
Feb 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Not long ago, a military dog noticed the scent of drugs coming out of the dorm room of a man in the Air Force. When officers investigated, the dog signaled to its handlers that the drugs were on the airman… but nothing was found on his body, or in his belongings, or in …

Supreme Court to decide whether faith-based foster-care agencies can reject same-sex couples
Feb 24, 2020

By Pete Williams The Supreme Court said Monday it will take up a dispute between the city of Philadelphia and a Catholic charity over the suitability of same-sex parents to provide foster care. The issue is when enforcement of laws against discrimination goes too far, violating religious freedom. The case could lead the court to reconsider its 30-year-old …

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dies at 101
Feb 24, 2020

By Elisha Fieldstadt Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. She was 101. Johnson “was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION FEBRUARY 2020
Feb 1, 2020 · 132 

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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