Some time ago NASA announced discovery of a new solar system with three planets that could be habitable.
Lots of people long for aliens. But no aliens this time. Sorry.
Still, any occasion to make people overexcited is good. It means more money for NASA. And it's also good for morale. God knows what might happen if people run out of imaginary ideas that change absolutely nothing in their lives. They might start thinking about real problems. And that means trouble for lots of people.
The new discovery was broadly commented in all media with titles like the one from British Telegraph: "NASA discovers new solar system where life may have evolved on three planets".
Sure, it might have. Also, the river of beer might have run under the surface. Why not? It is just as likely. The probability in both cases is actually the same: close to zero.
So why was the new discovery such a sensation?
Good question. Because there are 3500 exoplanets that we know of. We added 3 more to it. What an unbelievable sensation!
I am constantly amazed how much hope and faith is invested into an idea that the life could have started spontaneously. How much people hope to find out that the universe is full of alien life forms.
Well, is it? Have you seen any of it? Has anyone? No. It's just hope. Nothing was seen, documented or proved by solid, repeatable experiments? Nothing.
Still billions believe it. Because why not?
Why not indeed! You can believe anything you like, what do I care? But for heavens sake, stop calling it a science! It's not a science, it's another for of a religion.
Science is nothing but set of ways of determining the truth about the universe. The methods are supposed to be unbiased and based on facts, proofs and experiments. Hopes? Dreams? Expectations? Not science, sorry. It's the religion that doesn't required anything solid. Wishful thinking is good enough.
And that's what 3 he planets with a potentially existing water, a potentially existing life and a potentially existing river of beer represent: wishful thinking.