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sara g's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by sara g

I am having memories of my sixth grade science book, many years ago. When we studied the planets there was this segment about the probability of life outside of earth. It had a bunch of math about how many stars and how likely any star was to have any surrounding planets and how likely any planet was to support life. It concluded that it was statistically so unlikely that it could be called impossible. At twelve I was so suspicious of the numbers that I couldn't even bother being disappointed. I asked the teacheer about it and she kind of blushed. She said the books were really old and it was all speculation anyway so we can never really know. I still get so excited every time I hear something that proves every single one of those "obvious facts" was ludicrous.

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 04:29:00 UTC | #400068