Friday, February 16, 2018

After Darwin Day: Vestiges of the Unnatural History of Creationists


Miracle GirlAfter Darwin Day: Vestiges of the Unnatural History of Creationists

Why would God create non-functional eyes in cave-dwellers? It's almost as if these cave animals evolved from sighted ancestors who once dwelled above ground....

Creationists accept as fact a book in which God orders the slaughter of unicorns, but spares not a word for dinosaurs. They thrive in the darkness of ignorance, blinded to insight.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darwin Day: 4 Snapshots from the Evolution of Evolution


Miracle GirlDarwin Day: 4 Snapshots from the Evolution of Evolution

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!
Take a Darwin Day trip through the evolution of evolutionary thought, as you tour four key moments on the journey to a biological Theory of Everything.
Many who paved the way of evolutionary thought clung to the holy writ their theories undermined. Not so, Charles Darwin. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Evolution Caught in the Act: A Darwin Day Sampler Pack


Miracle GirlEvolution Caught in the Act: A Darwin Day Sampler Pack

Just in time for Darwin Day, new research has revealed evolution -- and even speciation -- in real time. And in one case an instant.
Wanna see Ken Ham's head explode?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Nunes Memo Memes: From Watergate to Nunes Nonsense


Miracle GirlNunes Memo Memes: From Watergate to Nunes Nonsense

If history repeats as farce, Trump and his GOP stooges have turned the Nunes memo into a slapstick routine. 
This "Nunesense" has left us laughing through our fears.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Reddit Rants and Rages: Oh, DO Tell Me About My Life


Miracle GirlReddit Rants and Rages: Oh, DO Tell Me About My Life

A recent tribalistic, Reddit rake across the coals reminded me why I'm glad I'm part of the Patheos family instead.

On what planet is it okay to tell my mom that she overeats -- especially when I stated that she doesn't?

Oh, Planet Reddit.

You do realize that you're talking to actual people, right? 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SOTU Satire: The State of the Union is…Stupefied


Miracle GirlSOTU Satire: The State of the Union is…Stupefied

You sat through the words written by Stephen Miller for President Trump's first State of the Union address. But listen to the satirical SOTU speech of Miller's dreams. 
Was your ticket to Davos lost in the mail? Here's a peek into Trump's thought bubble as he delivered his "look at me, I'm so presidential speech" to the global elites who once shunned him. 
Where satire meets sorrow...

Friday, January 26, 2018

I was a Jewish Hitler in the Fifth Grade


Miracle GirlI was a Jewish Hitler in the Fifth Grade

If there were a hell, I would surely burn in it. In my ignorance, this girl of Jewish heritage stood in front of class and pretended I was Adolf Hitler.
Secular parents, look to my story and beware.

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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.