reply to post by senshido
I fully understand your claim and rationale, but one point I do wish to emphasize, a point that has already been made in this thread and does sound
poignant enough to be taken seriously, is that life may exist in a manner new and unfamiliar to us.
If we continue to follow the premise that all life can only exist in a manner as we know it, only as we expect it, only in a pre-conceived concept of
form and function, we will certainly miss some truly fascinating and wondrous discoveries! If that is the case, why bother with space exploration at
all? Why examine anything, why leave our own backyards?
In just the past 100 years, we have cataloged more odd and unusual life, here on earth, than in all of history combined. If fact this same statement
can be said of the past 25 years. We have recently discovered that life is existing in forms and in environments here on earth that would have been
considered impossible only five short years ago. This alone should be enough to open our eyes to the infinite possibilities of life outside our own
New discoveries of life here on Earth occur at such a pace that we cannot keep up with the cataloging process. In just one excursion, within the last
year or so, a deep sea team has logged thousands of new species of life from the bottom of the sea, in an environment previously considered far too
hostile and completely void of any life sustaining substances, to support life of any kind and yet, thousands of new species logged.
For these reasons, we do need to re-examine what is needed to sustain life and break it down to the basic facts. Even in the sense of life as we know
it, life as we can identify and understand.
Again, those are all probably just rocks and until it is proven otherwise, I’m okay with it and can accept it. But I will not toss out of the
window, any possibilities without all the data that either proves or debunks any claim or potential and in my humble opinion, neither should anyone
else. To do so is equally as bad as saying the rock that looks like Yogi Bear is Yogi Bear or that the earth is flat, Rev. Jim Jones wasn’t a bad
guy and the moon is made of cheese.
And by the way, there is still the question of those blueberries, anybody know what those are? Maybe the polarbearcowapes eat them to stay