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"How Ordinary Are We?"

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 17:05:29 +0100
Archived: Sun, 26 May 2013 17:59:52 -0400
Subject: "How Ordinary Are We?"


Hello List,

I've come to expect innuendo and/or deception from Seth Shostak,
so was alerted when seeing a piece in the Huffington Post titled
"How Ordinary Are We?"

http://tinyurl.com/pqyswgx


[Quotation begins]

"51 Peg b was unexpected, and so were many of the worlds
uncovered in the first decade of exoplanet discovery. Lots of
so-called hot Jupiters were found, massive, gaseous bodies that
pirouetted around their host stars in orbits that were often as
tight as that of 51 Peg b. More recently, thousands of so-called
super-Earths have been discovered -- planets somewhat larger
than our own, and without peer among our solar system siblings.
These results are surprising: but they are also discomfiting.
Could it be that our planet isn't typical at all? If so, then
maybe life isn't typical either."

[Quotation ends]

Although the article goes on to talk about the Kepler telescope,
the sales-pitch `Is Earth different or even unique?' is a total
red-herring, based on a shifty false premise.

I.e. - when those planet searches were being made the methods
used could _only_ detect giant planets, so it should be no
surprise they found "hot jupiters". It would've been a bigger
surprise if they'd found anything else - it was impossible.

And those methods still haven't improved to the point where they
can easily detect Earth-sized planets - making the whole article
pointless.

So why sell it?

Cheers

Ray D



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