Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Trumping of America
The Secular Spectrum: The Trumping of America
We've been watching the Republican primary debates. No, we're not masochists; we're just dedicated to the election process. Plus, it's fun to mock them.
Watching Donald Trump bluster and self-aggrandize as he spews vile prejudice, I'm amazed that anyone supports him.
But even more amazing is the fact that the Donald is enjoying so much evangelical support. Trump being Trump, his attempts at appealing to fundamentalists have been manifestly insincere.
He's the only person with a bigger ego than the all-knowing, omnipotent, supposed creator of the universe.
Perhaps, his Christian Right supporters are practiced at taking leaps of faith.
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.