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Re: Pluto kooks on the warpath

Subject: Re: Pluto kooks on the warpath
From: Richard Tobin
Date: 20 Sep 2006 16:43:24 GMT
Newsgroups: sci.astro.amateur
In article <200920061215416784%jabergeron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Joe Bergeron  <jabergeron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> Re-classifying planets is not science.  Astronomy is not
>> stamp-collecting.

>Taxonomy is a big part of science. This is taxonomy.

In the early stages of a subject, taxonomy is often important.  For
example, sorting out the stars from the planets was very important in
getting a clue as to how the universe is set up.  But a taxonomy is
only as scientifically important if things fall into the different
categories for an interesting reason.  If you have to fiddle with the
rules, it's a sign that you're not actually making an important
distinction.

-- Richard

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