Why are planets so darned important to culture?

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Telescope view of moon

Why is Pluto no longer a planet? The question perplexes physicist, former ABC News science editor, author and teacher Dr. Michael Guillen. He contends this science silliness must change. The is-or-is-not-a-planet dust up also bugs University of Central Florida planetary scientist Dr. Philip Metzger. He took up Guillen’s cause and threaded his way through three centuries of planetary back and forth on Twitter, showing what happens when scientists get the right to vote: Michael Guillen weighs in on planets. He is right, saying concepts like “planet” shouldn’t be voted on. The point of science is to evolve our conceptualization of…...

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Jim Katzaman Jim Katzaman is a manager at Largo Financial Services. A writer by trade, he graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He enlisted in the Air Force and served for 25 years in public affairs – better known in the civilian world as public relations. He also earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Public Affairs. Since retiring, he has been a consultant and in the federal General Service as a public affairs specialist. He also acquired life and health insurance licenses, which resulted in his present affiliation with Largo Financial Services. In addition to expertise in financial affairs, he gathers the majority of his story content from Twitter chats. This has led him to publish about a wide range of topics such as social media, marketing, sexual harassment, workplace trends, productivity and financial management. Medium has named him a top writer in social media.