Monday, February 16, 2009

Funny People

I have express several times before that I’m a big sci-fi fan. I may not believe in UFOs visiting Earth but I do believe in life in outer space.

Considering the sheer number of planets in the universe, I can’t believe that Earth is the only planet with life on it. So when a few astrophysicists (whatever the hell that is) from America told the audience at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS) that there is a very good chance that we will find some Earth-like planets within 10, 20 or 30 light years of the Sun, I thought ‘of course’. Then I read that they just haven't been found yet.

I find this kind of funny because here you are saying that there are a few dozen solar-type stars within something like 30 light years of our sun, that you believe that there are a good number of those planets have Earth-like atmospheres, but it’s just that you haven’t found them yet.

If that’s the case, why talk about it! It’s like saying that you will make the discovery of a lifetime but you just haven’t made the discovery yet. Why talk about it before finding anything? Start talking after making the discovery.


Anonymous said...

That's because their research fund (and salaries) are public funded, so they have to make some kind of statement to show that they're doing some work, even if it might sound obvious or even ridiculous at times. Else they'll lose the support and their livelihood.

Ghost said...

That I can kind of understand but this kind of stupid statement I think will hurt their research fund more than it will help