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Rhiannon

Writer's Block: Planet's Rights

How do you feel about Pluto's recent demotion? Should it still be a planet?
It absolutely should be a planet. All those years of planetary recognition should count for something! Can't they just grandfather it in?

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of all things, science should not regard sentiment for any reason
Personally, I have accepted the reclassification. These things happen in science all the time as new information is discovered. In my field, there is an International conference that meets regularly to standardize and recategorize the neurotransmitter receptor classification schemes, so that things I learned in grad school are no longer true. However, in Pluto's case, the reclassification screws with Pluto's place in the cultural lexicon and that is what I think most people have objected to most.