Here, a science reporter says:
Despite our lack of evidence proving otherwise, we are probably not alone in this universe.
Um, what? What does that even mean? I fear the problem isn’t ignorance or even bad science, it’s anti-science.
Dude, given the current state of the evidence, all we can say about the possibility of life on other planets is ‘we don’t know’. It is neither probable or improbable. You – and so many other mystical metaphysicians claiming to be speaking for science – are relying on a series of assumptions about the nature of the universe that are absolutely unscientific, if by scientific we mean based on the observation and measurement of the observable material world. These mystical assumptions include:
– Life is solely the result of material causes and physical laws which are same everywhere in the Universe;
– Life must arise anywhere the required material conditions are present;
– It would be a terrible waste of space if life didn’t exist all over the universe.
It’s not *just* that none of those mystical assumption are known – it’s that none of them are knowable by science even in theory. For reasons that escape me, it appears many, many otherwise intelligent people utterly fail to grasp this logically inescapable fact.
Usual disclaimer: I’d be awed, thrilled and fascinated if we ever discovered non-terrestrial life. It’s just that such life is neither probable nor improbable – it is simply unknown, and it is unscientific and frankly stupid to claim otherwise.