The question arose from this run-of the mill “sciencey” PR:
Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life.
“We played out this impact erosion story forward in time and we were able to show that the effect of the conditions governing the initial composition of a planet can have profound consequences for its evolution. It’s a very special set of circumstances that make Earth.”
So it is NOT science to say that the outlined story is almost impossible on its own? Like getting dealt a royal flush five time in a row? Why are we better off looking for just-so-happened explanations?
Why can’t science take probability into account?
See also: Copernicus, you are not going to believe who is using your name. Or how.
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