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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 10:26:18 -0600
Archived: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 17:43:53 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?


>From: Claude Mauge <claudemauge.nul>
>To: UFO UpDate <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 19:13:06 +0200 (CEST)
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

<snip>

>As far as I know, cosmology itself offers no clue about the
>question of the life in the universe, except at a very general
>level such as in the discussions (not very recent) about the
>anthropic principle. They are however far closer to philosophy
>than to science. As for the probability of life elsewhere, it is
>far from being evident that it was increased by the recent
>discoveries. First, because there are still huge uncertainties
>about many parameters which are fundamental for the questions of
>the origin and evolution of life. And second, because the many
>discovered exoplanets are "wrong" planets at the "wrong" place.
>In the '70s and the '80s, several scientific papers had "proved"
>by simulations that there were probably in the universe many
>planetary systems basically as ours, that is with "little"
>planets between the star and much bigger planets outside: as the
>Mediocrity Principle asserts, the solar system was thus a
>mundane system. But the known exoplanets are mostly giant ones
>very close to their sun, and therefore the solar system is not
>as mundane as it was thought. Only one conclusion can be drawn:
>for the time being, we don't know; so we must await for future
>developments (a point where I agree with Franck Boitte).

This is a common misconception. As is clear from examination of
the exoplanet studies, and as stated by the researchers
themselves, the preponderance of close-range giant planets is a
selection effect of the most common technique used to find them,
namely, detecting the gravitational wobble induced in the parent
star. There is no evidence to suggest that our own planetary
system is somehow unusual.


Mike



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