Question of the Week- 2/28/2018
Feb 27, 2018 · 7 

The Winter Olympics have come to a close, and one can’t help but wonder: What if there were an Olympics for science? Could there be a gold medal in experiment replication? Record times achieved in exoplanet discovery? What kind of events could there be in a Scientific Olympics? Our favorite answer will win a copy …

The Necessity of Secularism, pg 148
Feb 13, 2018 · 3 

“Can Civilization Survive Without god?” was the sensationalized title given by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life to a 2010 conversation/debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother, Peter Hitchens. That the Pew Forum, a project of the nonpartisan and respected Pew Research Center, would hold a conversation on this topic is by itself …

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) …

OPEN DISCUSSION – FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 1, 2018 · 156 

This thread has been created for open 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 all Terms of Use apply as usual. If you would like to refer back to previous open discussion threads, the three …

Question of the Week: 01/30/2018
Jan 30, 2018 · 13 

The music industry recently spent an evening congratulating itself with the Grammy Awards, so let’s consider an imaginary Grammys just for us. If there were an award for the music that best promoted or inspired a love of science and reason, for any time period, who or what do you think should win? Our favorite …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 168
Jan 29, 2018 · 30 

“Why does life have to have a point? If there were a point, then whatever makes the point would itself need a point. If whatever makes the point has a point, then whatever makes that point would have no point in itself. And so on. Eventually, we have to come to a place where we …

Book Review: “Sharing Reality – How to Bring Secularism and Science to an Evolving Religious World”
Jan 3, 2018 · 3 

By Matt Lowry Many of you know that for some time now I’ve been particularly interested in how we skeptics (i.e. those of use who take an evidence-based view of the world) can engage those of a non-skeptical mindset. In fact, I’ve been explicit about this in past musings wherein I discuss how to have meaningful …

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list
Jan 1, 2018 · 23 

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing.

Question of the Week: 12/19/2017
Dec 19, 2017 · 9 

What do you think was the most important story or event from 2017 having to do with the challenges to science, reason, and humanist values? The person with our favorite answer will receive a copy of Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins. Want to suggest a Question of the Week? E-mail submissions to …

How Richard Dawkins Will Win You Over to His Side
Dec 19, 2017 · 6 

Many people would like to have a one-on-one argument with renowned professor, author, and all-around big thinker Richard Dawkins. He’s most one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals and has written over a dozen books on matters as wide-ranging as atheism and science. Because he attacks such deeply held beliefs, many people disagree with …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 186
Dec 18, 2017 · 5 

“But if it’s someone else’s personal space, such as their Facebook page or twitter feed or blog, they have the right to not listen to you blather about atheism, just like you have the right to not listen to them blather about religion. In their own space, they have the right to tone-troll, to shut …

Question of the Week 12/6/2017
Dec 6, 2017 · 5 

It’s so easy for us all to get stuck in our social media filter bubbles, only hearing from people and sources that agree with us. Do you try to expand your horizons to encompass other perspectives, online or offline? How do you do it? The person with our favorite answer will receive a copy of …