archive: Re: SETI Life in Extreme Environments

Re: SETI Life in Extreme Environments

Pessemist@aol.com
Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:49:56 EST

In a message dated 12/28/98 3:30:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, lklaes@bbn.com
writes:

<< Life flourishes on Earth in an incredibly wide range of environments, >>

I guess I just don't get it.

Isn't the definition of Darwin evolution the adaptation of life to different
environments? If so, then a validation of the evolutionary theory would be
that life can be found thriving under very diverse environmental conditions.

It would greatly surprise me <and cast some cracks in my own evolutionary
belief system> if life were not found under the surface of mars or in the
oceans of Europa or even in the Jovian atmosphere... since each has the
prerequisite energy source, building blocks and fluid media.

In fact, it would not even astonish me to find some exotic <to us> lifeform
swimming around in the seas of liquid lead on Mercury!

Douglas 'The optimistic pessimist' Arthur