Recent sensational headlines give astute readers occasion to contrast valid scientific inferences from leaps of faith based on worldview assumptions.
Here is the problem with speculative thinking about extraterrestrial life as well as about the origin of life.
Certainly, there is no logical reason why life should be wedded to the transcendental value of beauty.
The ground under your feet is literally moving. The continents are drifting apart near an average rate of one inch per year.
Contrary to first impressions, exoplanet discoveries actually strengthen the impact of the Fermi Paradox.