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#1 2006-03-10 09:44:15

MathsIsFun
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Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

Link: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/press-r … newsID=592

Should we start thinking about etra-terrestrial life again ... ?


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#2 2006-03-10 17:03:57

ganesh
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Re: Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

Conceded, water is a sign of extra terrestrial life. But presence of water alone doesn't suggest anything. I am not cynical, nor am I stating that we are alone in the universe. But aren't we jumping to conlusions too soon? dunno dizzy dunno


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#3 2006-03-11 04:21:45

ashwil
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Re: Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

Isn't that how scientific knowledge advances? By jumping to conclusions (more formally known as "formulating hypotheses"). The key is to realise when one's testing of such conclusions is clouded by nothing more than determination that they must be correct!

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#4 2006-03-11 09:08:28

Ricky
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Re: Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

Very well put ashwil.  One must not forget:

"There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery."   -Enrico Fermi

Last edited by Ricky (2006-03-11 09:09:59)


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