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Warren DeMontague

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So, like I said, thank you for your concern.

If it wasn't for heartfelt, thoughtful and sincere expressions of concern, of course, DU would verily and single-handedly drive the public discourse into heretofore horribly dangerous regions where Krakens and 7-headed monsters lurk.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 02:52 AM (1 replies)

Another example of people who don't understand- and seemingly don't want to understand- science.

Some people are apparently genuinely pissed that the solar system they learned about in elementary school in 1955 is not, actually, how things are.

Tough. If Pluto's a planet, then so is Eris. So is Sedna. So is Makemake. So are a whole bunch of yet-to-be-discovered Kuiper Belt Objects, probably numbering in the tens of thousands, if not more.

I understand that this 'argument' is a little facetious and supposed to be cute, but it points up a REAL problem the general public seems to have with getting their heads around science; namely, that the job of science is to give us constantly better, more detailed, and more accurate descriptions of reality ("maps", if you will) that are ALWAYS updated and revised as new and better data comes in. That's how science works. Problem is, too many members of the general public confuse whatever map they've been taught, usually at a young age (it's worse with folks indoctrinated into fundamentalist religion, of course) with the actual "out there" reality. So they don't understand not just why "Pluto doesn't get to be a planet anymore" but why the explanation and understanding of our solar system is far more rich, detailed, and interesting than it was 50 years ago, and worse, they're incredibly RESISTANT to the updated, more detailed understanding, because it's more comfortable to reside in what they "know".

Eris is bigger than Pluto. Ask the "Pluto People" whether Eris should, also, be a planet, half of them will go "Wha?...."

That's maddening.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Mar 3, 2012, 02:51 AM (4 replies)
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