Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Women's Lib Circa 600 BCE?

Miracle Girl: Women's Lib Circa 600 BCE?

It really wasn't an argument. Keith thought that Professor Steven L. Tuck had lost his objectivity when depicting Etruscan women as enjoying near-equality in the family.

I was doubtful too...at first. But the slow accumulation of evidence--especially from their abundant funerary art and burial practices--convinced me that this wasn't just the biased opinion of a historian who had fallen in love with the Etruscans.

My further research seems to suggest that Professor Tuck's opinion is in fact shared by the majority of scholars in the field. While Etruscan women weren't exactly equal, they had unparallelled freedom compared to their contemporaries.

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Coma Girl

Coma Girl

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.