- May 21, 2003
Lifeforms as we, even in our extremely limited way, understand them. Who's to say there isn't a silicon-based lifeform on a planet nearby, whose intelligence surpasses ours and for whom temperatures and gas quantities/make-up are not of concern to them?[/I]All I mean is that it has a unique purpose to our planet, due to the fact that this is the only one that has any lifeforms on it.
It was once believed that the earth was flat. Now it has been established for a certainty that it is spherical in shape. That is a fact. It was once believed that the earth was the center of the universe and that the heavens revolved around the earth. Now we know for sure that the earth revolves in an orbit around the sun. This, too, is a fact.
What if they're wrong? They (people, scientists, astronomers) make some sweeping assertions for a race that wasn't here to see any of this... and love to conclude "fact" based on evidence that they haven't come near to fully understanding.
Pedantic but: it's spherical with three distinct bulges. Closer to a small pear shape.
So what if they're wrong? The thing is, scientists are really okay with the possibility that the theories they propose or the theory's they prove/dis-prove on a daily basis may one day be proven wrong. It really is their job to prove theories true or false. The point is that scientific theory's, even well established ones, are not written in stone; despite how they might "seem" to be stated as fact.