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I suspect there is nothing hidden to later be released, Joe, and there may never be anything. Are you a conspiracy theorist? Do you have strong evidence to back your assertion? Or is this another example of Julius Caesar's observation that "people believe what they want to believe"?
Until you can prove that life in any form doesn't exist, the same could be said of your beliefs.
A scientist cannot prove a negative. No amount of time with negative results would satisfy the most steadfast proponents. I do not have a "belief" in the matter. It is up to others to present proof before my doubts will be overcome and I can accept their positive assertions. That is the scientific method. If that is properly followed and proof is obtained, I will salute the investigators and thank them for their findings.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2011 13:39:33 GMT -6 by Centaur
I once had an employee who could never get my sardonic humor. She would constantly take offense when I would say the most outrageous and, to me, obviously hyperbolic statements. Finally, she suggested that I have a clown nose in my desk drawer that I could wear as a signifier for her. From then on, I could just say, "Clown nose, Lauren!" whenever I saw her getting too wound up. She would catch herself, breathe a bit, and usually chuckle. At her going away party, she gave me a small red box wrapped with a shiny ribbon & a little red bow. Inside was my very own foamy clown nose. I still have it.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2011 17:32:28 GMT -6 by patrickm
The link fails, Joe; what was it supposed to tell us? I see no fossil. What is the scale of the photo? Have any scientists described it as a fossil and provided sound reasoning, or just people who "want" to see one? This reminds me of those who imagined an artificially sculpted face in a martian hill. Both objects appear to have been sculpted by natural processes.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2011 19:22:13 GMT -6 by Centaur
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Oct 20, 2011 3:54:17 GMT -6
I viewed the NOVA show.
It was ok...but dry.
They nudged the idea that the excessive Methane on Mars points most likely to the by-product of life....which is good...but fell short of any declaration.
A lot of the show was redundant and somebody should tell the director that the goof camera work - where you zoom in...search around - then zoom out..and then back in....only impresses the simple minded...and very annoying.
The content was not anything new, but the refresher was good to see and the graphics were fine.
Worth the viewing.
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