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cool-ghoul:

See, the “Nobody actually says this” is bullshit, mostly because it’s an anecdotal evidence fallacy.

Normally this is okay,  we make fallacious arguments all the time in common conversation, it saves on time and this isn’t debate club and usually you can get away without footnoting your shit. But on Tumblr, your exposure to blogs is filtered through who you follow and occasionally tags, so saying that nobody has a stupid opinion on tumlr dot com is pretty much unprovable.

I try to avoid using it and so should you.

kikijiki:

fetalpile:

rasec-wizzlbang:

fetalpile:

rasec-wizzlbang:

sotakoira:

gyarados:

Could you imagine if science was actually governed by public opinion

Imagine having to reject evolution because you’re a scientist in Texas

People who get ragey about whether or not pluto is called a planet kind of remind me of people who get ragey about the fact that dinosaurs have feathers.  It’s like - I’m sorry science doesn’t operate based on what people think is more “cool” or nostalgic.

the two aren’t really comparable because dinosaurs having feathers is a demonstrable fact, while whether or not pluto is a planet is based on human crafted definitions.

Wait, so was it just to change the definition so that pluto narrowly fits in the threshold?

The idea is examining what exactly should constitute a planet, and whether or not pluto does or does not meet these definitions. The reason pluto isn’t considered a planet is because it’s believed to not clear its orbital path of other debris, The same reason Ceres (the largest object in the asteroid belt) is a dwarf planet rather than a planet.
There are still astronomers who aren’t convinced Pluto should have been stripped of its planethood yet, and with a recent probe sent to pluto, they’re hoping to gather enough information about it to reevaluate their decision.

Makes sense.
And I suppose if there was a vote to change what constitutes life, so as to include viruses…
I’d certainly support it.

wait, viruses aren’t considered life?

They aren’t because they can’t reproduce without a host.
Parasites and sterile organisms’ cells still reproduce so they’re considered alive.

rasec-wizzlbang:

fetalpile:

rasec-wizzlbang:

sotakoira:

gyarados:

Could you imagine if science was actually governed by public opinion

Imagine having to reject evolution because you’re a scientist in Texas

People who get ragey about whether or not pluto is called a planet kind of remind me of people who get ragey about the fact that dinosaurs have feathers.  It’s like - I’m sorry science doesn’t operate based on what people think is more “cool” or nostalgic.

the two aren’t really comparable because dinosaurs having feathers is a demonstrable fact, while whether or not pluto is a planet is based on human crafted definitions.

Wait, so was it just to change the definition so that pluto narrowly fits in the threshold?

The idea is examining what exactly should constitute a planet, and whether or not pluto does or does not meet these definitions. The reason pluto isn’t considered a planet is because it’s believed to not clear its orbital path of other debris, The same reason Ceres (the largest object in the asteroid belt) is a dwarf planet rather than a planet.
There are still astronomers who aren’t convinced Pluto should have been stripped of its planethood yet, and with a recent probe sent to pluto, they’re hoping to gather enough information about it to reevaluate their decision.

Makes sense.
And I suppose if there was a vote to change what constitutes life, so as to include viruses…
I’d certainly support it.

rasec-wizzlbang:

sotakoira:

gyarados:

Could you imagine if science was actually governed by public opinion

Imagine having to reject evolution because you’re a scientist in Texas

People who get ragey about whether or not pluto is called a planet kind of remind me of people who get ragey about the fact that dinosaurs have feathers.  It’s like - I’m sorry science doesn’t operate based on what people think is more “cool” or nostalgic.

the two aren’t really comparable because dinosaurs having feathers is a demonstrable fact, while whether or not pluto is a planet is based on human crafted definitions.

Wait, so was it just to change the definition so that pluto narrowly fits in the threshold?

sotakoira:

gyarados:

Could you imagine if science was actually governed by public opinion

Imagine having to reject evolution because you’re a scientist in Texas

People who get ragey about whether or not pluto is called a planet kind of remind me of people who get ragey about the fact that dinosaurs have feathers.  It’s like - I’m sorry science doesn’t operate based on what people think is more “cool” or nostalgic.

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