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pkchari replied to VeganApe's discussion The Toxic Potato !! in the group Vegetarian/Vegan Atheists
"There actually has been -- and I think tomatoes are a somewhat more well-studied example.  What I think a lot of larger-scale studies find is that there is some, but comparatively little difference between heirloom and modern tomatoes based on…"
Jan 26, 2012
pkchari replied to VeganApe's discussion The Toxic Potato !! in the group Vegetarian/Vegan Atheists
"That's definitely a factor.  Another thing to look for as well is the kinds of stresses the plant has evolved to take.  Potatoes have a more potent toxin than tomatoes partly because they just happen to have evolved to take on heavier…"
Jan 25, 2012
pkchari replied to VeganApe's discussion The Toxic Potato !! in the group Vegetarian/Vegan Atheists
"Tomatoes have a related glycoalkaloid called tomatine.  It also has antifungal and antimicrobial functions like solanine does, but it's a much more benign substance by comparison.  The leaves and stems are simply where you find it in…"
Jan 25, 2012
pkchari replied to Selina Mannion's discussion from hinduism to atheism in the group Indian Atheists
"I pretty much grew up in a Brahmin household, and many of my extended family members are extremely conservative Vaishnavite Brahmins.  Much to the point of out and out bigotry unto other castes.  My parents, otoh, were not quite so…"
Jan 24, 2012
pkchari replied to VeganApe's discussion The Toxic Potato !! in the group Vegetarian/Vegan Atheists
"You actually don't have to worry very much at all about potato skins in pubs.  Solanine tends to break down around temperatures above 300 F, and frying of potato skins and/or french fries tends to happen above 350 F, and it does a lot to…"
Jan 24, 2012
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Jul 12, 2011
pkchari replied to Soulf2's discussion Q) Who convinced you to become an Atheist? in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Mostly F)...  I was more interested in facts of science and mathematics as a child, and matters of the divine seemed useless to me. I would say, though, that much of my later exposure to expressions of religion (particularly after I entered the…"
Jun 6, 2011
pkchari liked pkchari's discussion Perpetuating the myths
May 23, 2011
pkchari added a discussion to the group Secular Martial Artists
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Perpetuating the myths

When I thought of the discussions on martial arts, I was reminded of a particular manga series titled 'Kenji'...  it is a story about a Japanese kid with an interest in martial arts (principally Bajiquan) who travels across China and ends up learning and adopting several martial arts along the way.  The story is supposedly loosely based on the author's own experiences, but it does at least accurately portray some of the basic principles, and also features some real-life martial artists.There's…See More
May 23, 2011
pkchari replied to John Jubinsky's discussion New Blood Test Estimates Probable Life Expectancy in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
""Therefore, any naturally produced telemerase would not be a consideration unless for some reason the rate of natural telemerase production increased."   Well, I wasn't referring so much to increases or decreases of production…"
May 17, 2011
pkchari replied to John Jubinsky's discussion New Blood Test Estimates Probable Life Expectancy in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Life expectancy on the basis of telomeres also kind of assumes death by natural causes or simply old age.  That's assuming you do everything right, and take care of your health pretty flawlessly, which I think most people never will. …"
May 17, 2011
pkchari replied to Joe Fausnight's discussion Is anyone working on anything? in the group Atheist Writers
"I'm working on something that sort of amounts to a manifesto for rationalism which I've titled Faith is a Crime.  The basic approach is to counter irrational thinking on an inherent level showing that the ideas and bases thereof fall…"
May 16, 2011

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At 6:03pm on May 14, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, pkchari! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
At 6:09pm on April 27, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi pkchari. Welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"True common sense is the basis for atheism."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 450 discussion topics and 2550 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terence Meaden  

At 7:22pm on April 26, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome to the Nexus!!  We are very glad to have you join us.
 
 
 

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