Friday, April 21, 2017

Pet Death: A Rainbow Bridge to Nowhere


Miracle Girl: Pet Death: A Rainbow Bridge to Nowhere

As much as we would like to look away from the reality of death, it will always haunt our loving relationships. I accept the reality of death, but that doesn't mean I want to see it in the animals I love.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Christianity and Jesus Christ Superstar: Dispelling the Godspell


Miracle GirlChristianity and Jesus Christ Superstar: Dispelling the Godspell



Can you still enjoy Jesus Christ Superstar after you've broken the Godspell? For Keith, the answer is yes. Though I was never under the Godspell, I can enjoy the movie too.
But we both have an enduring love Jesus Christ Superstar, despite the fact that he isn't that to either of us.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Theists: He opened up the rock and…something flowed out


Miracle GirlTheists: He opened up the rock and…something flowed out

When theists invade the Patheos Nonreligious sandbox it becomes a litterbox of nonsense. It's particularly confusing for me, as someone raised without religion.
For someone who writes about religion for a major atheist website, I don't really understand theists.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Holy Moses or Passover Plotz?


Miracle GirlHoly Moses or Passover Plotz?

Passover passes over the truth. My fellow "members of the tribe" supposes Moses erroneously. In truth, Passover commemorates a mythological exodus of a people who weren't enslaved, led by a man who never existed.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Risk Pools: Night of the Living Zombie Trumpcare


Miracle GirlRisk Pools: Night of the Living Zombie Trumpcare
They Won’t Stay Dead! should be the motto for Trumpcare. This time, the GOP is trying to use the failed elixir of risk pools to raise the walking dead Obamacare repeal.
This time around, the GOP wants to waterboard the sick in zombie Trumpcare risk pools.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Appetite for Violence: Good and Evil Live Within Us All


Miracle GirlAppetite for Violence: Good and Evil Live Within Us All

Good and evil have always existed within humanity. No metaphorical fruit required.
Humanism is a worldview of violence and destruction according to some Christians. Not "fallen" for it.

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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep...in my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.