Exoplanets Extraterrestrial life Intelligent Design

Rob Sheldon dumps cold water on the “planetary autopsy” that says ET life is common

Sheldon: I would argue that this is a very weak argument, mostly trying to jazz up a very boring data set or at least distract the audience from remembering the “standard candle” Nobel Prize assumed that all white dwarfs were identical. Either way, its a preposterous story attempting to distract from its most distressing results.

Exoplanets Extraterrestrial life Intelligent Design

Rob Sheldon: Don’t give up all ET hope due to recent exoplanet disappointment

Sheldon: … in our own solar system, Saturn is far outside the “Goldilocks Zone” yet it has a moon, Enceladus, that is emitting steam jets filled with hydrocarbons. … The danger of being overly-quantitative is not just the overreliance on models, or the higher risk of failure, but rather the real probability that “certainty” blinds one from observing the actual phenomenon.