A NASA scientist suggests that evolutionary theory will help find alien life.
Dr John Baross, a researcher at the Nasa Astrobiology Institute, said: "I really feel that Darwinian evolution is a defining feature of all life.While I don't think evolution need be a defining trait of life, I do agree that it makes sense to expect it to happen to all life - at least it's a fair way to go about looking for it.
"And so the limits of Darwinian evolution will define the range of planets that can support life – at least Earth-like life."
However, in what seems to be an attempt to rub shoulders with Ray Kurzweil, he goes not just too far in his predictions, but lightyears past what seems reasonable:
He said: "I predict in the next five to ten years, we will make discoveries that will lead to theories and ideas at least as profound as Darwin's."Within ten years we will have new theories that match common descent and natural selection in scientific importance?!!1! I can understand when people are very, very, excited about their research, but this is waaaay over the top.
But I wish NASA good luck with their endeavors, and hope to see extra-terrestrial life discovered any time now...