reply to post by DataWraith
I agree in part, with what you said. Its true that those things would be significant. Of course finding evidence of a civilisation on another world
within our solar system would be incredible and amazing and wonderful. But I must point out the following to you.
First of all, science is not a tool for the entertainment of mankind. It is instead a tool which offers mankind the oppertunity to study, observe,
and learn from the universe. From the smallest particle, to the largest bodies of matter in the cosmos, science is the method by which we best learn
about the things which affect our every day lives, from the way planets form, to the way our food is digested. Therefore, science should only come up
with amazing things to say, when they have actually found them.
Second, we have never in the history of space exploration, come across a significant body of matter (therefore discounting things like cometary, or
asteroidal objects), other than our own Earth which had more than the merest tangible HINT of anything approaching life, being on thier surface. Oh
its certainly true that we ought to make sure to look much harder in future, and scientific bodies should be more open minded about the possibilities,
but as yet, if the NASA announcement is anything like what is being rumoured at present, then this will be a VERY significant moment in the history,
not just of space exploration, not just in terms of science, but will be a moment of significance to vast swathes of thinkers, theologians,
philosophers, and armchair mooks like me, and many others here on the site, who understand the implications of a discovery of ANY life or building
block thereof, anywhere other than this planet, right here.
Again, you have to be capable of understanding the enormity of the implications of such a discovery to truely appreciate the impact it will have on
things. If you cannot see the discovery of microbial life as something to get excited over, then really and honestly, there is no hope for you at
I have a motto where the ability of people to be excited by the results of fringe science like this is concerned. If you cannot be amazed by this,
then you dont deserve to be amazed at all.