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Are we composed of star-stuff? Is our food star-stuff? What makes certain foods carcinogenic?

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Created March 29, 2013 at 1:11 AM

If you subscribe to the big-bang theory (or the expansive-bubble theory) , then we are all composed of stars. So is our food. Soooo, bacon is star-stuff, right? Ice-cream is star-fluff? This needs to be true! Yet, eating sugary star-stuff, and fried star-stuff is bad news! :( If all life were cooked up from the same elements, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, etc., then synthesized in a star, and exploded into the universe at the end of a star's life, then by what mechanism are certain cooked life-forms (charred meat) rendered carcinogenic? Aren't we both made of charred star-stuff?

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on March 30, 2013
at 01:38 PM

CD, the quote "We are made of star-stuff" is from Carl Sagan. Yes I own his non-fiction work. Here is Carl himself saying "we are made of star stuff" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaj407ofjNE

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on March 30, 2013
at 01:18 AM

No he wouldn't. Have you read any of his books? Unless you are considering the work he has done within the realm of science fiction.

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on March 29, 2013
at 10:10 PM

Carl Sagan begs to differ :)

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Yes, I get my entire self-worth through belittling ignorant people on the internet. When you say, *we are all composed of stars*, you insinuate that all matter is equal. You are also wrong. The Big Bang theory is a suggestion of where energy originated and how energy was transformed into particles which formed atoms. Matter was not created by the big bang, rather a byproduct of it. Understanding this basic principal shows how ridiculous your question is. We are not made of stars, stars are made of atoms created after the big bang, so is all matter. But we are not star-stuff.

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on March 29, 2013
at 03:47 AM

The second most astounding fact about our universe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llqagKv-nlI

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on March 29, 2013
at 03:43 AM

lol, +1 for star-stuff.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:45 AM

we ARE starbursts :) (the song not the candy) ~ starry shrooms anyone?

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Where did I say that I think all matter is equal? I didn't. Have I learned in my physics classes that all matter is derived from explosions of celestial material? Yes. Does being a condescending asshole make you feel better about yourself? Probably. Does it make me feel better about myself that we are both comprised of the same stellar matter? Absolutely not.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:28 AM

On a scale of John Ashcroft to Tommy Chong, how high are you right now?

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:21 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s664NsLeFM

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:21 AM

if by star-stuff you mean matter than yes. If you think all matter is equal then I suggest opening a physics book.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:18 AM

And some time after a meal, depending on the individual, we produce star stuff out of our behinds. The Universe is a magical place.

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:19 AM

yes we are.

Here is the single most astounding fact about our universe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

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on March 29, 2013
at 03:47 AM

The second most astounding fact about our universe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llqagKv-nlI

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:21 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s664NsLeFM

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:15 AM

It's true that slow-cooking star-stuff on the stove with apple cidar vinegar for 12 hours to leech out all the minerals is the best way to enjoy it. Or frying it in coconut oil.

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on March 29, 2013
at 04:09 AM

If you infer that bacon and ice cream are the same because they're both made of star-stuff, then it's also true that a living human being and a dead human being are the same. You were made of the same star-stuff before and after the cancer killed you, right? One piece of star-stuff giving another piece of star-stuff cancer is no more meaningful or cosmically undesirable than one piece falling toward another under the influence of gravity.

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