"Life finds a way"

02 Feb 2012

Caleb A. Scharf, for Scientific America:

If there is one single piece of information you should take away from the recent flood of incredible exoplanetary discoveries it is this: Our universe makes planets with extraordinary efficiency – if planets can form somewhere, they will.

As our knowledge of outer space grows more vast, it becomes obvious that this universe cannot possibly be home to merely one planet containing the seeds of creation.

There will come a day when it will be considered absurd to claim that we, on earth, are the only life that exists. The earth is not flat, nor does the universe revolve around us, and, given enough of a canvas to work with, life will most certainly find a way.