Our planet’s view of the sun is critical to life, obviously, but equally critical is that it’s a shielded view.
Adam Frank (University of Rochester) interviewed fellow astrophysicist Avi Loeb (Harvard) about the future possibility of detecting “techno-signatures” from space.
Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design.
If life in the universe is singular, if we’re it and there is no other life, whether intelligent or otherwise, what’s the bad news about that, and what’s the good news?
We will announce this year’s winner, as always, in time for February 12, Darwin’s birthday, celebrated here as Academic Freedom Day.