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No offense intended, but you seem to be working from a lot of stereotypes about atheists. This is stuff we've heard many times. Most atheists I know do not claim to "know" there are no gods. And many of us don't even bother to advertise our views on religion. Many of those who do express their views do so in defense of those views - we get attacked ourselves quite a bit - though I imagine it's hard for someone on the receiving end to tell the difference between an atheist defending atheism and atheists versus one who is intentionally attacking belief or believers with the intention of convincing others to abandon their beliefs.

Bear in mind that I missed whatever came before this video, so I don't know what led up to it. But if you have a real interest in understanding us, or even in reaching across the aisle, you are going about it in the wrong way. We aren't 2 dimensional cardboard cutouts of real people. You seem to see us as if we were. Granted, some atheist do this to believers, but I'm not sure what returning the favor gets you except an argument. And I see other videos alongside this one, such as "The Arrogant Atheist" and "The Irrational Atheist," that don't exactly encourage me to think I'm mistaken. Which is fine if that's all you want to do, I guess.
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+Isaac Harris I did, as I did with plenty of religions, but I prefer to stick with psychology and leave your indentity and group-affiliations to you guys and just watch from the outside... with occationally comments of course.
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This is a great talk. I'm sharing it with my fellow ex-Jehovah's Witnesses. Thanks to Tracie and to San Jose Atheists for posting. :)
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I'm 14 mins in and it's disappointingly cliched. :/ Not a complaint about the video, but it's hard for me to take the Christians seriously. It's hard to know if they're just horribly misinformed on evolution or willfully being misleading. I was actually hoping they would do better.
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I love when they break out Proverbs 22:6.  The verse doesn't say they'll depart and come back.  It says they won't depart in the first place.  Guess they shouldn't have let him back.
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I saw this last weekend with my wife. I saw the originals as a kid. My wife, raised a Jehovah's Witnesses, hadn't seen anything like this. I told her it was probably going to be crazy.

I spent part of the movie just watching her reactions. She had her hands in front of her face as if she was praying most of the time. She laughed, almost cried out a few times. She loved it. So did I.

Some who saw it don't quite get that this is a story being told visually and think it has no story. Today, movies are often overloaded with dialogue and fans are used to having the movie explained to them. It has a story, but Miller just lets you experience it without reams of exposition.
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In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, generally, the English and French translations of Hitler's Table Talks were translated incorrectly. Or at least they aren't consistent with the German version. You may want to look into that and add some info about it to your video. AFAIK, Hitler was usually talking about Catholicism, not Christianity in general. But the French and English versions altered his words. Richard Carrier talked about this in an interview and there are websites that address it too.
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I'm another one who found the sound too low, but otherwise, this was a great interview. The sound is fine aside from having to more than double the volume. (I have good speakers and a subwoofer; I have the volume to max and I still struggle to hear it.) You could raise the sound level in post without too much trouble, though.
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You can't explain evolution and refute his assertions in just 3 mins. That makes this a bit frustrating to watch.
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I thought that we only needed about 1-2 mg/day or iron? (More for women who are menstruating or pregnant.) Didn't your video say 10-20mg/per day?

I don't mean to nitpick, the video is great. But I thought you'd want to make a correction if the number is wrong. Or maybe I misunderstood something? In which case, I'd like to understand what I got wrong. :)

Thanks a lot for the vids! They're the best I've ever found. I continue to recommend them to my classmates.
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You are correct about how we need about 1-2mg of iron per day. Like what Bryan said, we intake, throughout the day, a total of about 10-20mg of dietary iron but able to absorb ~10% of it. But this goes a little more complex as this video talks about how iron within +3 state (non-heme iron) gets absorbed, but in reality, iron in the +2 state (heme-iron, which comes mostly from meat sources) can also get absorbed into the enterocytes but through a different mechanism. Heme-iron is more easily absorbed than non-heme iron.

Iron metabolism is tightly regulated as there's no metabolic process in where lots of iron can be excreted from the body unless it's through bleeding, pregnancy, or menstruation (ones I can name right now) in comparison to other trace minerals that do have a metabolic exit. Most of the iron within our body get's recycled daily anyways (about 25mg) so there's no need for much iron absorption, on a normal average case.
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Um ... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

The more I listen, the crazier she seems. You had good questions - FAIR questions - and she just doesn't answer them. And no, people aren't giving her a hard time because of porn. (????) Just wow.
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I'm so glad you're doing articles and videos about Witnesses. Thanks for that.

Don't forget that former Witnesses are said to be "one with the antichrist" and "mentally diseased" by the Watchtower Society. Other religions are seen as not only false religions, but demonically inspired. And the world, which is run by Satan and his demons, is out to get them. That means you and me could be used by Satan to corrupt them. They also live in fear of the day when the government will crack down on them and start locking them away. (Of course, it's assumed this will happen shortly before Armageddon.)

Also worth mentioning, blood transfusions aren't just about saving lives. They can be used as treatments for serious problems like severe anemia. I know a JW who spends much of his life in a wheelchair because just walking around will make him pass out. Why? He's anemic due to cancer and there's no other way to treat his condition. He's in his 80s and has a heart condition as well.

Thanks again. :)
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+Isaac Harris As a former JW whose immediate family are still a part of the religion, I only recently learned of this disturbing topic.


I was simply horrified at the idea that this could be "Policy" and when I asked my father, who is an elder in his congregation, replied that it is a difficult problem to overcome (which pissed me off) but then countered with, "However if significant evidence of abuse was presented, I would not hesitate for one moment to contact outside authorities." I still do not know if this is his personal take on the matter or if it is Policy. 


In any case, Child Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated, overlooked, cover over or otherwise swept under the rug. Be it the JWs, the Catholic priest scandal or any other organization that tries to disavow allegations of such behavior.
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A bold conclusion to all of this for you. It feels a little underhanded that they summoned you to a committee and then denied that they were DFing you since you didn't really ask to be DAed or to cut off all JWs. But of course, that's how JCs usually roll.
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I'm a writer wannabe from the age of 12 and a lifelong scifi/horror/fantasy geek. I'm also a former Jehovah's Witness turned secular atheist. Meanwhile, my wife and in-laws remain loyal Jehovah's Witnesses. So that's fun. I'm a severe migraine sufferer and pet rat owner. Note that these things aren't necessarily related.

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