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Does anyone know of an atheist doctor out there?

By bluestocking 7 June 2011 47

Personal issues come up with doctors needless to say, and I would prefer to know that the advice or attitude I am being presented with is one that concurs with my own and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion.

Does anyone know where there might be a medical practitioner in Canberra/Queanbeyan who is atheist, or at least, non-religious?

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Jim Jones 11:05 am 08 Jun 11

Mysteryman said :

-But it’s pretty arrogant and demonstrates a distinct lack of thought to assume that someone else’s values are completely “arbitrary” and yours are not.

Like the religious types who believe that their world view was decreed by God and is essential and unchanging across the aeons?

boneymaloney 10:44 am 08 Jun 11

You lot, quiet your bickering and answer the OP’s question.

Dr Anthony Ng (pronounced ‘ning’), Tuggeranong Family Medical Practice, 6293 3111. Brilliant guy, great bedside manner.

Mysteryman 10:41 am 08 Jun 11

Eppo said :

Mysteryman said :

Eppo said :

Mysteryman said :

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

“…and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion”.

*rollseyes*

Perhaps you could explain how the values of religion aren’t arbitrary?

I could. But it would be wasted effort here. I’d rather roll my eyes at the notion that atheist values are any less arbitrary.

…and what are Atheist values?

The only thing Atheists necessarily have in common is the rejection of your sky wizard. Values are going to vary from individual to individual.

Yep. So it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the values of an atheist are just as likely (if not more likely) to be arbitrary.

‘Atheist values’ and ‘values of an Atheist’ are completely different things. Nice change in wording.

I would argue that the values of any Atheist would be less likely to be arbitrary. They’re far more likely to be rational and scientifically based.

That may seem less arbitrary to you, but many other people would disagree – especially as “science” has changed more in the last 200-300 years than religion has. It’s much more of a shifting starting point for basing ones values. Your concept of what is rational may also be very, very different to someone else who is also an atheist. And that’s exactly my point. I don’t really care what people believe, or don’t believe. But it’s pretty arrogant and demonstrates a distinct lack of thought to assume that someone else’s values are completely “arbitrary” and yours are not.

Thoroughly Smashed 9:51 am 08 Jun 11

Leinna said :

Doctors aren’t expected to perform procedures or give advice regarding issues that go against their beliefs.

Never let a patient’s wellbeing get in the way of your own beliefs, no matter how ridiculous they are, eh?

Buzz2600 9:50 am 08 Jun 11

+ 1 Jim Jones

There is a huge difference between chosing a doctor you are “comfortable” with and one that refuses treatment or provides biased, un-scientific advice based on their own personal religious beliefs.

Being refused a legally available preventative treatment, such as the pill is unbelievable in Australia in this day and age. Australia is meant to have a universal, public health care system where access to professional, high quality medical care should not be arbitary. Women are being denied treatment. I would suggest these doctors should not be GP if they are not prepared to prescribe safe, legal medical care.

The Frots 9:29 am 08 Jun 11

Leinna said :

Doctors aren’t expected to perform procedures or give advice regarding issues that go against their beliefs.

This only goes for legal procedures of course. I don’t think you can refer someone for euthanasia.

Damn……………………..there goes that idea!

Jim Jones 9:19 am 08 Jun 11

ronafios said :

I do hope you find a doctor you’re comfortable with, but please recognize that kinda fits in the ‘luxury’ category, well above things like accessibility and competence.

It’s a ‘luxury’ to expect a doctor to provide treatment without imposing his or her Medieval view of the universe on you at the same time?

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