Shashwat Singh Pokharel
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Jeffrey Armstrong vs Michael Shermer... What really happened?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller May 16, 2015. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Armstrong (a vedic astrologer) seems to completely debunk Skeptic Michael Shermer in Shermer's own show. The 9 minute long video (clip) I saw on youtube (posted by a supporter of astrology)…Continue

Tags: Vedic, Pseudoscience, Shermer, Michael, Jeffrey

Why is cigarette not banned by the FDA even though strong link between COPD and smoking has already been attributed with evidence?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shashwat Singh Pokharel Feb 12, 2015. 28 Replies

There are plenty of evidence but just why the approval then?

Does Richard Dawkins overstate in his book The God Delusion that "Religion is the sole cause of conflict in the world"? What are your opinions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill_Hicks_Worshipper Mar 22, 2015. 26 Replies

When we look at statistics, we can argue that religion is not just the major cause of conflict around the world. There are quite many people on both sides of the argument. So let's start a discussion…Continue

Atheism in South Asia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shashwat Singh Pokharel Jan 20, 2015. 10 Replies

How non-belief could help in one of the most spiritual regions of the earth?


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At 12:09pm on January 23, 2015, Daniel W said…
Oh, the specific - I tske Gleevec. Possibly in other countries referred to as Glivec. It is thought to have benefit for 3 years, then unclear. There are other tyrosine kinase inhibitors released or in development, with variable degrees of effectiveness for different TK mutations.
At 12:06pm on January 23, 2015, Daniel W said…
Thanks for the comment. On GIST, it is uncommon. Depending on the population, I read it is around 6 to 12 people out of one million. It is not clear if that encompasses both benign and malignant forms. Mine is malignant. The benign ones might just be early stage malignant, I'm not sure. There are different mutations that cause it, tyrosine kinase enzyme. The medications are tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Effectiveness is highly variable. So far I am doing OK.

Fortunately for me, the mutated enzyme is the same as one for CML, which is much more common. If not for that, I suspect research would have been slower.

I do OK. The toxicities of the medication are tiresome, but it could have been much worse.
At 9:50am on January 20, 2015, Daniel W said…

From your essay - "Despite their polytheistic system, Hinduism flourished even after invasions, unlike the Ancient American societies, because they had age-old system of worship that varied insignificantly, were devoid of competition of any kind during the formative years, were mostly tolerant towards their invaders and the Hindu community never faced new epidemic-problems such as Small-pox that killed much of the previously unexposed native American population the remainder of which were baptized into Christianity. "  - I agree with you on that.  From the books, "1491" and "1493" by Charles Mann, the population of the Americas was almost completely wiped out by disease, which spread like wildfire after the Europeans first landed.  Most never saw the source of their disease.  Smallpox, chicken pox, malaria, and others.  It was the most devastating epidemic known to humanity.  For the few who remained, the christian invaders did their best to wipe out native American religions, destroying their temples, burning their books, murdering their kings and priests, and torturing to death their adherents.

I don't know the history of the Indian subcontinent very well.  The points you make about geography seem consistent with points made by Jared Diamond in "Guns Germs and Steel".

At 7:39pm on January 19, 2015, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 6:39pm on January 19, 2015, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Greetings Shashwat Singh Pokharel      

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At 9:59am on January 19, 2015, Daniel W said…
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