Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Too Many Planets Numb the Mind - New York Times

I usually do not post total stupidity but this editorial from NYT just cracked me up.
Their argument is that since a new planet has been found in our solar system and we have all learned in "grade school lessons" that there are nine planets in the system, then Pluto should no longer be considered a planet. Too many planets is too hard to remember and as the tagline says, "Too Many Planets Numb the Mind" ... of NYT editors.

Here's a quote:
Our own preference is to take a cleaner way out by dropping Pluto from the planetary ranks. Scientists may well discover many more ice balls bigger than Pluto, and it's a safe bet that few in our culture want to memorize the names of 20 or more planets. Far better to downgrade Pluto to the status of an icy sphere that was once mistakenly deemed a planet because we had not yet discovered its compatriots on the dark fringes of the solar system.

I do not know if they are kidding. Surely the editors of NYT don't think that anyone cares what they believe in the great planet-definition debate rocking America.

Too Many Planets Numb the Mind - New York Times


At 8/02/2005 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 is a pretty big number for english majors.


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