March 02, 2004
Life without due process?
Is there life on Mars? A number of scientists say the answer is yes!
But for reasons not clear to me, they are remaining tight-lipped:
There is a palpable buzz here at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California that something wonderful is about to happen in the exploration of Mars.A political and ego outcrop?
Did I hear that right? What does politics have to do with such a simple question? Egos, sure. Everybody wants to be the first to say, "I FOUND IT!"
But what are the political implications?
I mean, I can see that in some people's minds, there might be religious implications, although even that's a stretch. The Bible does not say that there isn't life on Mars. "God created the heavens and the earth" would seem to include Mars, and the sentence, "Let there be life" in no way limits life to earth.
Or might they think it constitutes some kind of slippery slope towards moral relativism if ordinary mortals are allowed to know that there exists life somewhere else?
Levin said that brine on Mars is a code word for liquid water. He senses that great care is being taken by rover scientists because the liquid water issue starts the road to life.Perhaps we could settle this whole matter by defining life as occurring only on Earth!
Life shall consist only of life on earth. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that life or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon life which might be discovered, or which is alleged to have been discovered, any other planet.That way, life on Mars would simply be unconstitutional. A nullity.
The die is Kassed?
posted by Eric on 03.02.04 at 03:53 PM
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