Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, was at the center of this controversy. The Hayden Planetarium started showing models of the solar system without Pluto. Their explanations which were later used to demote the planetary status of the planet. Soon, this Pluto demotion theory caught on, and as you know, from my last blog, it was demoted from its planetary status.
Now let us go to the source, Neil de Grasse Tyson who began this de-planeting of Pluto. After all the back lash from Pluto no longer being a planet he said in a recent interview that “didn’t mean to get Pluto demoted as a planet, he just wanted people to think about the solar system differently.”
I would have respected him more if he said he hated Pluto, and did not want it as a planet, then this explanation he now gives. Consider his explanation; he was presenting information at the time, which was false, because he wanted people to think about the solar system differently. Where were his facts, or science in his decision to present bad information to the public? This one example demonstrates that you cannot trust the information given to you by a scientist.
So why did he do it? The answer is his position as the director of the Hayden Planetarium. As director, he is not only an astronomer, he also overseas exhibitions, educational programs, and Finances, Fundraising, and Marketing.
His removal of Pluto from the solar system was not to educate, or propose a new theory; he did it to promote the planetarium, to cause controversy to get more people coming to the planetarium. And as for Neil de Grasse Tyson himself, it worked out pretty well for him. He became the host of several TV shows; PBS “Nova”, and “Cosmos”, and has written numerous books. By demoting Pluto, he has risen himself to the most recognizable astronomer in the world.
Now as promised: The CHICKEN HEART THAT ATE NEW YORK
I want to tell you about the true story of the Chicken Heart that Ate New York. If you were a fan of Bill Cosby, when it was OK to be a fan of his, you remember him telling the story of a chicken heart that was created by scientists and escaped and ate New York City; it was not that far from the truth.
Although, Cosby based his story on an old radio show, it first had been based on reality.
Alexis Carrel, a world-renowned scientist, took cells from a chicken heart embryo and gave it nutrients to survive. It had been assumed before this, that cell regeneration was limited, that each cell could only regenerate so many times before dying. The cells that Carrel had experimented on did not do this; they lived and continued regenerating numerous times. Finally, he let the chicken heart cells die, because calculations indicated if it continued to grow it would become larger than the earth, and then the universe.
The full meaning of his experiments was that cells are immortal outside the body. His findings were considered the basis for all cell regeneration science from 1920’s onward.
In the 1960’s, Leonard Hayflick tried to replicate the experiment conducted by Carrel. He discovered that cells cannot be maintained and regenerated unlimited times, and that Carel’s findings were completely wrong.
For 40 years, the science of cell regeneration was stymied because of a report by Carel because no one tried to replicate his experiment. Those that did try it and failed did not report their findings because they believed they caused the error. Carrel’s results were considered accurate and became scientific dogma that no one, until Hayflick, challenged them. How far would the science of cell regeneration be if this erroneous information had not been considered doctrine for so long?
Next time we continue our trip into Scientific Lies.
I do want to mention that this weekend, May 16th, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This is a big weekend for the hall of fame, and if you are in the Amsterdam, NY area, I hope you can attend.