But not necessarily “probable”, or “strongly implied”, as my previous headline “HOLY SHIT, LIFE ON MARS?!” indicated, regardless of the fact that my blog entry itself stated it was only a possibility. I write this because, in having titled my post as I did, I’m now tangentally related to asshats who declare “life on Mars” like it’s absolute canon truth in 72-point font. And I should rightly be chastised for my use of the prophylactic question-mark, a tactic made famous most recently by Fox News. The media has cocked this one up but good, as is the norm when it comes to anything scientific. And the blogosphere, as always, ranges from the near-perfect, in their coverage of this event as with every other event that’s come before it, through to actually managing to get it more wrong than The Sun.
I really do hope it turns out to be life, however I will not, under any circumstances, apply my world view to the hypothesis. A real scientist detachedly observes the results of an experiment and learns the truth from them, rather than shoehorning the results into his or her belief system. Science only works if you’re objective enough to leave your damn belief systems at the door.
Incidentally, it’s why religious folks hate science so much — because they demand that you turn off the credulity for a few minutes, which is obviously a few minutes too long. I will be better than that, at least.