How Credulous Are Some Scientists? Very
|September 30, 2010||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design|
We have this report today about an earth sized planet orbiting a nearby star. An excerpt:
An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold — comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced Wednesday. If confirmed, the exoplanet, named Gliese 581g, would be the first Earth-like world found residing in a star’s habitable zone — a region where a planet’s temperature could sustain liquid water on its surface. And the planet’s discoverers are optimistic about the prospects for finding life there. “Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent,” said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, during a press briefing today. “I have almost no doubt about it.”
So let me get this straight. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of variables making earth congenial to life. See here. And based on the rough coincidence of two, that’s right two, variables this “scientist” announces that he has “no doubt” that life exists on the planet. The credulity of presumably well educated scientists beggars belief. There may be life on that planet. I don’t know. But of one thing I am certain, the rough (and I mean rough; the size and temperature are not really that comparable to earth’s) correlation of two life variables gives no one warrant to suggest there is “no doubt” that life exists on the planet. And these are the scientists our opponents are always telling us we should bow down to and accept their consensus view as God’s own truth. Give me a break.