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    The idea that Sagan's bbbillions and bbbillions of planets with life has seemed really difficult. Leaving aside anything but chemistry and thermals, getting the right rock, the atmosphere that doesn't get blown away, ice that melts but not entirely, and then amino acids?

    The number of tumblers that had to fall to "Bar" is extraordinary. The "We'll go to Alpha Centauri" thought is likewise weird when we see how completely we need the Earth to be exactly what it is -- how much water we need, how exact a range of light, how narrow a band of radiation we can survive, and then the small temperature range, the idea that we can live elsewhere (or here after we muck it up by believing that "God put that oil there for a purpose"), is strained.

    Thank you. I do feel as if my personal manifesto of neo-humanism on the basis of anti-rationalism (a term of art, not anti reason -- anti-Europeanphilosophycalledrationalism) is very hard to express.

    Everyone is innocent of something.

    by The Geogre on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:16:03 AM PDT

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