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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. – Susan B. Anthony
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. – Penn Jillette
Life is meaningless. …
I think it’s absurd—the idea of seeking meaning
in the set of circumstances that happens to exist
after 13.8 billion years’ worth of unguided events.
Leave it to humans to think the universe has a purpose for them. …
There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it. …
Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can,
taking pride in whatever you’re doing,
having compassion, sharing ideas, being enthusiastic. …
It’s an incredibly exciting thing, this one meaningless life of yours.
— Tim Minchin
Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same. When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself – Peter O’Toole (The Ruling Class)
Do you believe in magic? If you are a member of Freethought Dayton, the answer is most likely “no.” But a lot of people do believe in magical, mystical thinking. In his recent book, Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul A. Offit, MD, examines the world of supplements, megavitamins, chelation therapy, and fear of vaccines.
Nutritional supplements are an unregulated, $34 billion per year industry. While a few studies indicated some alternative therapies are beneficial, evidence is piling up that other herbal supplements and megadoses of certain vitamins may actually be harmful, not helpful, to your health. Standardized medicine is certainly not immune to corrections, but when a drug is found to have deleterious effects, it can be pulled from the market due to federal regulations. This process is much more difficult or impossible in an unregulated industry.
Vitamins and supplements are often touted as “natural,” which in common usage is interpreted as “beneficial and harmless.” Dr. Offit relates a story of purchasing a bottle of “natural vitamin E”:
“On the back, it said “3333% of the RDA” (recommended daily allowance). That is 33 times the recommended daily allowance. This one capsule was about maybe half the size of an almond. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E. You would have to eat 1650 almonds to get what was in that 1 capsule. How is that a natural thing to do?”
What do you think? Are supplements safe and harmless, or should they be regulated?
Watch the interview or read the transcript on Medscape.com here.
Check out the book here.
- Quote of the Day by Susan B. Anthony December 10, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Penn Jillette December 9, 2013
- Life is… December 8, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Peter O’Toole (The Ruling Class) December 8, 2013
- Featured Video – A Brief History of Disbelief – Part 3 December 8, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Unknown December 7, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Unknown December 6, 2013
- Quote of the Day by David Brooks (The Necessity of Atheism) December 5, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Bob Snuka December 4, 2013
- Quote of the Day by Frater Ravus December 3, 2013
- December 21, 2013FD Book Club discussion - "And Man Created God"
- March 19, 2014Michio KaKu Lecture