The Pluto Controversy. A Trans-Neptunian Safari With Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

Pluto has been demoted from a planet to a Trans-Neptunian Object.  The repercussions of that reclassification were the subject of a talk at the Commonwealth Club by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium.  Dr. Tyson was a fantastic speaker and representative of his profession and regaled us with the details behind the decision and the subsequent outcry from the public -- ranging from irate letters from 3rd graders to legislation in the CA State Assembly publicly denouncing this act by "mean spirited scientists". 
Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco
The Commonwealth Club holds many thought provoking events and hosted two sold out talks tonight.  Their motto?  "We only propose to find the truth and set it loose in the world".

Quote on the wall of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco
On the way to the talk (I took BART downtown from the Mission), I saw this drawing on the side of a building.  "VampireWizardZeus" seemed appropriate for the evening since the planets and their moons are all named after figures in Greek and Roman mythology.  For example, did you know that Uranus (named for the Greek deity of the sky) was the first planet discovered?  I learned that nugget at the lecture tonight.  By the way, VampireWizardZeus appears to be some sort of underground magazine.  I found some snippets about it in a Google search but no dedicated website.


I saw this sentiment written in the sidewalk on Polk St. "Love Each Other".  It looked like it was drawn by a third grader and seemed to be calling out to those on both sides of the Pluto-planet-controversy.  Can't we all just get along?

Love Each Other written in the sidewalk

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