archiv~1.txt: Re: SETI Quote of the Day for March 9, 1999

Re: SETI Quote of the Day for March 9, 1999

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 07:55:51 -0500

At 07:35 AM 3/9/99 -0500, Larry Klaes wrote:

>"Biologists, impressed by the inherent improbability of
>every single step that led to the evolution of man,
>consider...'the prevalance of humanoids' exceedingly
>improbable."
>
> - Ernst Mayr

Well yes, absolutely! The only reason we see so many erect humanoids in SF
movies is that there are precious few green slime molds in the Screen
Actor's Guild. But then Mayr goes on to generalize that statement to
making 'the prevalence of life' exceedingly improbable. That's where he
and I part company.

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