Kepler 22b

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Mefiante (December 07, 2011, 15:31:17 PM):
Ay, ’twas a joke! Not a very good one obviously, but a joke nevertheless. Still, in a state of stable (or near-stable) equilibrium, the proportion of, say, redheads to non-redheads remains relatively constant in the population even though far fewer redheads than non-redheads are bred. Worldwide, there is ever more room for people to entertain unrealistic and counterfactual ideas because a progressively shrinking fraction of scientifically and technologically literate people makes life easy enough for them to do so with impunity.

For the purposes of this exercise, we may define “stupid” as “a habitual hanging on to particular ideas despite being made well aware of a patent lack of good reason, argument and/or evidence in their favour, and marked by a paralysing inability to examine or laugh at those ideas.” And no, it doesn’t fly in the face of Darwin: If you breathe and breed before you expire, your genes will persist, however scarcely.

st0nes (December 08, 2011, 07:14:42 AM):
The US Air Force Space Command has asked the Allen Telescope to take a look at Kepler 22b to see if ET lives there.
brianvds (December 08, 2011, 09:43:14 AM):
No, it won't cause many theologies to die if life were found.

It may cause the destruction of some theologies, but would almost certainly lead to the creation of new theologies in the place of the old, or some of the old ones will simply be modified to fold the new information into them.

The hosts of the nutty will apparently always be with us.
Benjammin (December 08, 2011, 15:01:30 PM):
I am not sure what it would do to theology, but it would certainly give proselytises a challenge. A whole planet of beings who have never heard of Jesus! Finally a reason for religious organisations to give money to space programs, and could you go away and stop bothering me now.


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