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OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2020
May 31, 2020· 224 

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019· 185 

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


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) …

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Betelgeuse’s Mystery Dimming Caused By A Star Spot A Hundred Times Larger Than The Sun, Say Scientists
Jun 29, 2020

By Jamie Carter Betelgeuse, the closest red supergiant star to us, is growing a super-sized star spot as it cools down at the end of its life, according to a new study. A massive star spot?a hundred times larger than the Sun could explain its recent odd behavior. Betelgeuse—pronounced “betelgerz” or “beetlejuice” and also known …

Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Replace Racist State Flag With Religious One
Jun 29, 2020· 1 

By Hemant Mehta Mississippi lawmakers?voted today?to replace the state flag and remove the Confederate symbol that’s currently on it.?Governor Tate Reeves?has already said he plans to sign the bill. But whatever the new flag will look like, it will have to include the words “In God We Trust,” replacing racism with religion. I?posted about this?possibility …

The Separation of Church and State Is Breaking Down Under Trump
Jun 29, 2020

By Micah Schwartzman, Richard Schragger, and Nelson Tebbe The separation of Church and state is supposed to prevent government favoritism of religion in the United States. For most of the past century, the Supreme Court?interpreted?the establishment clause of the First Amendment to mean that government cannot “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, …

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
Jun 29, 2020

By Mark Sherman The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big?abortion case?of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors …

CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem
Jun 26, 2020

By Heidi Ledford A suite of experiments that use the gene-editing tool?CRISPR–Cas9 to modify human embryos?have revealed how the process can make large, unwanted changes to the genome at or near the target site. The studies were published this month on the preprint server bioRxiv, and have not yet been peer-reviewed1,2,3. But taken together, they …

Catholic group files lawsuit against Rehoboth Beach over Nativity scene ban
Jun 26, 2020

By Randall Chase A Catholic fraternal organization is suing a popular Delaware beach resort in federal court over its decision to end a decades-long practice of allowing the display of a Christmas Nativity scene on public property. The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council contends that the 2018 decision by Rehoboth Beach officials …

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Originals


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) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017· 265 

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


Betelgeuse’s Mystery Dimming Caused By A Star Spot A Hundred Times Larger Than The Sun, Say Scientists
Jun 29, 2020

By Jamie Carter Betelgeuse, the closest red supergiant star to us, is growing a super-sized star spot as it cools down at the end of its life, according to a new study. A massive star spot?a hundred times larger than the Sun could explain its recent odd behavior. Betelgeuse—pronounced “betelgerz” or “beetlejuice” and also known …

Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Replace Racist State Flag With Religious One
Jun 29, 2020· 1 

By Hemant Mehta Mississippi lawmakers?voted today?to replace the state flag and remove the Confederate symbol that’s currently on it.?Governor Tate Reeves?has already said he plans to sign the bill. But whatever the new flag will look like, it will have to include the words “In God We Trust,” replacing racism with religion. I?posted about this?possibility …

The Separation of Church and State Is Breaking Down Under Trump
Jun 29, 2020

By Micah Schwartzman, Richard Schragger, and Nelson Tebbe The separation of Church and state is supposed to prevent government favoritism of religion in the United States. For most of the past century, the Supreme Court?interpreted?the establishment clause of the First Amendment to mean that government cannot “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, …

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
Jun 29, 2020

By Mark Sherman The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big?abortion case?of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors …

CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem
Jun 26, 2020

By Heidi Ledford A suite of experiments that use the gene-editing tool?CRISPR–Cas9 to modify human embryos?have revealed how the process can make large, unwanted changes to the genome at or near the target site. The studies were published this month on the preprint server bioRxiv, and have not yet been peer-reviewed1,2,3. But taken together, they …

Catholic group files lawsuit against Rehoboth Beach over Nativity scene ban
Jun 26, 2020

By Randall Chase A Catholic fraternal organization is suing a popular Delaware beach resort in federal court over its decision to end a decades-long practice of allowing the display of a Christmas Nativity scene on public property. The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council contends that the 2018 decision by Rehoboth Beach officials …

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