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about Michelle King

I'm a volunteer, part-time physician and educator and a writer with a secular and atheist friendly academic blog for educational purposes at https://drshellblog.wordpress.com/ I've been a mentor, supervisor, and teacher. I'm a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States, a member of the American Medical Association, and am certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I feel that it's important to reach out, answer and ask questions, and educate one another. If we have an area of expertise, these endeavors are of more importance, which is why I'm here on this site, and why I maintain my blog, where academic, educational articles are posted as often as possible, with reliable sources.

places of worship

Unitarian Universalist
religious affiliation
affiliated institutions
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
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What are the odds?

From the Atheist Debates Patreon project (http://tinyurl.com/prnfbx5): A brief look at the Argument From Design with respect to claims about the im...

Corporal punishment in childhood: appeals to tradition

Corporal punishment is not new; humans have been using physical penalties since ancient times, which is described vividly in holy books, as command...

Scientific literacy

Why science and science literacy is important.

Substance use, gambling, and pornography: what is addiction?

Addiction is misrepresented, is confused with compulsive behaviors, and is often stigmatized and confused with morality and willpower. Like many o...

Institutional racism in healthcare

Institutional racism is a measurable issue in healthcare. Although we may not have been responsible for Tuskegee and other crimes, the aftermath is...

Alzheimer’s disease: new approaches to an aging population

People over 90 are the fastest growing population in the US, and half of them suffer with dementia, a term that describes a decline in mental abili...

The Paraphilia controversy: what is sexual deviance?

Sexuality is defined by culture, as far as what is deviant and what is not, an idea that varies with time and geography; this is influenced by a mu...

Addictive disease: failing approaches to opiate dependence

I finally decided to voice some of my concerns about the topic of drug dependence, specifically that of opiate addiction, which is a subject that i...

Atheism, inspiration, and the ripple effect: one-year out of the closet

For those of us afforded this extravagance of being open, it can be a reveling, nurturing, and luxuriating experience to explore. Over the last yea...

Why beliefs matter: belief versus practice-oriented religion and the effects ...

Depending upon the belief or practice structure of the religion, certain studies can be informative as to the psychological rationales as to why at...

What the world looks like through one nonbelievers eyes: School and social life.

None of what I’ve written here is earth shattering or unusual for an atheist experience; it’s rather mild and commonplace. It’s simply a look at th...

Atheists on religion, science and morality; technological attempt number II

Can we prove there is no God? Does it make sense to equate religion with science? Do theists have a monopoly on morality or is secular morality sup...

Atheists on religion, science, and morality

Can we prove there is no God? Does it make sense to equate religion with science? Do theists have a monopoly on morality or is secular morality sup...

Design and Darwinian Natural Selection

Research has been fruitful in the area of evolutionary psychology in areas such as how and why we punish wrongdoers, altruism, predation and domina...

On sexual orientation: the current endocrine and neurophysiological data

There are volumes of research on the subject of endocrinology, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry as this relates to sexual orientation. These few st...

History, standardization, and efficacy of medical technology: ECT

Much of the fear associated with ECT has been a result of media and public opinion, not a result of evidence, and as a result, it continues to be a...

History, politics, and investigating medicine: the EEG

Despite attempts by propaganda and Nazi control, Dr. Berger’s invention has helped patients worldwide, through these diagnostic and treatment modal...

The printing press and the internet: social narrative and changes in humans

It is not only laws and violence that have changed in societies after we were able to slip into the minds and lives of others. Similar to the revol...

Voting in churches: the impact on the church and voters

Ethical and psychological issues in voting and polling in churches and synagogues. Newer research has exploded and revealed our innate tendency tow...
"The study participants were predominantly white, Catholic and Protestant, with no Muslim, Buddhist, or Atheist control groups. It additionally does..." read more
"The Puritans persecuted Quakers and other groups, and there were other examples of religious extremism and persecution; this among other issues lea..." read more
"Atheism is simply the rejection of the assertion of the belief in a god/gods and generally this extends to belief in the supernatural. Many of us r..." read more
"I’ve wondered about this myself. Obviously, it’s a made up story, borrowed from other myths, but if we put that aside for the moment, it seems that..." read more
"Hm. I would say that the bible was probably written by the reasonably educated among illiterates thousands of years ago, who knew next to nothing a..." read more
"At least the Jewish community is moving in the direction toward more humanist values. There's room for improvement, however it's much more of a pos..." read more
"Read revised version on Deily: https://www.deily.org/text/the-paraphilia-controversy-what-is-sexual-deviance" read more
"I’ve noticed that for everyone who believes in a god, there’s a different belief in what or who God is, similar to the ones in this video who belie..." read more
"These are beautiful. They remind me of places I’ve been. One of the misunderstandings of non-belief is that because of the lack of belief in an aft..." read more
"I got a real kick out of this, but realized that one may have to be Jewish to "get" a lot of it. " read more
"I adore Cat Stevens and hadn't heard his music in a long time.  Thanks for the share. " read more
"We have innate morality (studied in infants, babies, and toddlers), and learned cultural morality. Guilt is feeling of being bad for an action. We ..." read more
"https://www.quora.com/In-a-fire-does-a-bible-burn-slower-or-not-at-all-as-compared-to-other-books-or-objects" read more
"I have always been extremely sensitive to animal welfare too and would have had a hard time with what you went through growing up. I can't imagine ..." read more
"The diagnoses include exhibitionism, fetishes, frotterism, pedophilia, etc, and most of which are perpetrated by males, rarely by females although ..." read more
"In some states, public schools have had legal battles, initiated by parents for teaching about religions other than their own. It would be nice if ..." read more
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saraswati" read more
"Beautifully intricate. Thank you for sharing." read more
"There are societies that are irreligious, not necessarily due to religious eradication, but simply because they are more secular than religious cou..." read more

Michelle King shared Shawn Bose's post John F. Kennedy Speech on Separation of Church & State

Senator John F. Kennedy addressed a special meeting of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas. He spoke about the separation of chu... view more

Michelle King shared Michelle King's post What the world looks like through a non-believers eyes: work and church

A deconversion story, why an atheist attend religious services, and what the world looks like though a non-believers eyes.

Michelle King shared Sara Di Diego's comment

Thomas Jefferson was raised Anglican, but his personal beliefs mirror many English deists at the time.  He cut up his bible to omit all the miracles and supernatural.  In f... view more

Michelle King shared Michael McKissick's post Researchers Probe Stereotype: Christians and Science Don't Get Along

Do stereotypes about religious people undermine their performance in certain tests? Studies have found Christians tend to underperform non-Christians when it comes to tests... view more

Michelle King shared Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi's comment

I've answered your question. If it's not the answer you're looking for you may need to try some place else. Thanks

Michelle King shared Michael McKissick's post Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

The suspension of a college professor has raised theological questions concerning the understanding of God across the Abrahamic religions. This audio was first published on... view more

Michelle King shared Michelle King's post Our Narrative Brains

Fitness, culture, other primates and our own culture with respect to narrative and moral enjoyment and empathy through narrative, as well as our problems with narrative iss... view more

Michelle King shared Michelle King's post medical basis for visions and possessions

Cultural indoctrination and medical basis for demonic possession and visions, with examples