Can science exist without an observable object? In recent years we have seen serious scientists ponder alternate universes and parallel universes, dark matter, dark energy and other imponderable entities. String theory has yet to rest on observable data, and physicists at CERN are getting worried about not finding the hypothetical Higgs boson (see article on Deseret News). Sooner or later, these theories need to detect their subjects or lose credibility in the science club. Perhaps nowhere else has the disconnect between hype and observation reached the absurd limits of astrobiology and alien science.
Astrobiology and SETI concern different objects, the former life, the latter intelligent life. But to evolutionists these are only a matter of degree. Intelligent or not, life emerged by natural causes according to their proponents. NASA has a federally-funded Astrobiology Institute that regularly publishes popular articles about extraterrestrial life. SETI is currently privately funded, but once was on the federal dole, and could conceivably be again someday. The problem with both these “sciences” is the lack of an observable object. Without the constraint of observations, speculation can run rampant, as the following examples show.
Duney tunes: Some astrobiologists apparently like Dune more than Waterworld. Long thought to be essential for life, water is drying up in speculations published by Astrobiology Magazine, claiming that worlds of sand dunes might be the best habitable worlds after all. Yes, Space.com affirms in its copy, “Desert planets like the one depicted in the science fiction classic ‘Dune’ might be the most common type of habitable planet in the galaxy, rather than watery worlds such as Earth, a new study suggests.” Suggestions are the only option without data. While suggesting things, they might as well pour on the spice trade; “And that’s not the only surprising result,” the article continues. “The study also hints that scorching-hot Venus, where surface temperatures average 860 degrees Fahrenheit (460 degrees Celsius), might have been a habitable desert world as recently as 1 billion years ago.”….
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