March 6th, 2011


How much evidence is "enough" ...?

This article points to the existence of alien life, in the form of fossilized micro-organisms.  A huge number of scientists previewed the article prior to its publication.  Nevertheless, some people immediately rejected its conclusions after publication.  Now, it's true that science is largely made up of ongoing arguments.  But I still think this is one of those issues where "for any other topic, 10% of the proof would have been sufficient, but for this topic, 10 times the proof would not be sufficient."

Personally, I think the findings are cool, but they don't change my stance.  I've always believed that there is life off of Earth, because the universe is vast and life is tremendously flexible even in the examples we've seen here.  If something is possible at all, it's happening, and probably more than once.