Pluto is no longer a planet....yes, the learned scientific community has admitted to their little plunder...
It wasn't really much of anything. As it turned out, there was nothing on Pluto to steal, so they destroyed it with the Death Star. That's why the fundies are so upset.
Assuming you meant \"blunder\" doesn't cause your statement to make any more sense. There was no \"blunder.\" Nothing new was discovered, and nothing has changed. Scientists only chose an official definition for planet— definitions are man-made concepts that can never be \"wrong\" in any objective sense.
...so Pluto does not qualify as a planet but is just a tag along to our planetary system.
Under the newly-made definition for \"planet,\" no. Pluto is one of many chunks of rock floating around in the greater Sol area.
And this does make quite good logic as the scientific community has downgraded the human species into an evolved life form...
Science hasn't \"downgraded\" anyone. Humans are
decended from apes, whether or not we know about it, and whether or not you consider this a \"downgrade\" from being made of dirt by a sadistic anal-retentive guy with a beard.
...with no special intent or purpose other than to survive.
Science doesn't say anything about anyone's \"purpose.\" Your purpose is self-chosen; no one can hand one to you. You chose your purpose, I chose mine, everyone else will choose theirs, and no one can be told that they don't have one.
The problem is that your chosen purpose is to do whatever your priest or pastor says God wants you to do. The more science advances, the more obvious it becomes that God doesn't exist. If God doesn't exist, your chosen purpose was a waste of time, and your priest or pastor lied to you and cheated you out of a chunk of your life. Since you have too much invested psychologically in the god hypothesis, you can't accept that it's wrong and seek to rationalize it away using any feeble argument necessary.
They also see little reasons to protect life at any stage of the way...
Let me guess, this is about stem cells?
...especially if it might help produce something that will help their research programs.
Look, buddy, let me explain this to you: Stem cells not used in experiments are thrown out. Yes, they're destroyed ANYWAY. Understand?
(Of course, I have to give you a little bit of doubt benefit. You didn't actually mention stem cells, and may have been talking about the painful experiments performed on adults. In that case, I actually have to agree with you; painful experiments are not justified by the fact that the victim is not human.)
(I know that there are many ethical scientist out there who don't get the chance to rebut a lot of this group and for good reason...blacklisting.)
Oh, right. Blacklisting. Yeah, there are scientists out there being blacklisted because they insist on calling Pluto a \"planet.\" Now if you'll excuse me, I need to call my broker; I'm going to invest in aluminum, refineries, and foil.
So now we see many astromnomers eating their words and accepting their falability...
No, they did that at the start. Scientists always
admit that they're fallible; that's why everything is tested. That's why results are published. That's why everything must be repeatable
. It's the theists who claim that they're infallible.
...Or does \"falability\" mean \"a tendency to be right?\"
...of course they will blame it on the new technology that allows them to peer deeper into the universe and not that they jumped to the wrong conclusion to begin with.
Scientists are blaming technology for the fact that they chose to refine the definition for \"planet?\" WTF?
Just my observation...
Your \"observation\" was tinted; maybe you should take off the bullshit-colored glasses.
Originally posted by Amos
Has anyone ever produced any evidence of any blacklisting? By anyone? For any reason?
Yes. My grandfather, by the government, for political reasons.
It was during the McCarthy era, and he taught (accurate) Russian history.
That doesn't help out Clevermom much, though. Oh well, at least she's funny to have around.
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