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originally posted by: schuyler
So if they confirm microbial life on Mars we're supposed to get all excited? You mean we "can't handle" the situation as a species? Frankly, it's not worth getting emotional about. It is what is expected, is it not? Please don't try to tell us that "everything changes" even if they find some bugs or worms on Mars. Little green men hiding in caves since the Martian apocalypse? Sure. But bugs? Not so much.
originally posted by: neoholographic
a reply to: LookingAtMars
Exactly, of course he's trying to walk it back now.
He wasn't neutral at all in his initial statements and he didn't give any qualifiers.
For instance, he could have said, we're about to launch missions to Mars and if we find life then...
He didn't say that.
He said they were close to making announcements. He also went into their deliberations about how people will react.
originally posted by: Tucket
I don't get the old "You cant handle the truth!" bit. What do they think is gonna happen when they announce that there is microbial life on Mars?...Instant mass panic? Have we been too indoctrinated with Alien vs Predator flicks?
originally posted by: JHumm
How can you say that you are close to finding something that you have always said doesn't exist?
originally posted by: Gargoyle91
a reply to: neoholographic
Why would they be worried about telling something like "We found living bacteria on Mars" That's just rubbish . Why do they think the general public is so fragile ?