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The Bear always reaches for his revolver when he hears those words. He knows what follows will be the big news for a few weeks, until it isn't.
You all remember Gliese 581 g, don't you? That earth-like planet just 20 light years away discovered in 2010 and announced with much fanfare? It was probably teeming with life, what with being just like Earth and all. Possibly even intelligent life. (In fact, scientists say the ease with which astronomers are able to find stars with habitable Earth-like planets indicates more than ten percent of stars have such planets orbiting them.)
It is important for the scientism narrative that the universe be teeming with intelligent life. That makes us, you know, not special, somehow, and proves that, if you think about it, there is no God.
Except other astronomers said there was no such planet.
Nonetheless, you can still find fascinating details about this non-existent planet like how much imaginary water it has, what it's fictitious temperature is, and so on.
Now meet Wolf 1061c. CNN says, "Alien life may be closer than previously thought. Scientists have just discovered the closest habitable planet to Earth." This earth-like, totally habitable planet, probably virtually crawling with intelligent life, is only 10 light years away!
Scientists don't know what conditions are necessary for life to even begin on a planet, much less to thrive, and evolve into talking Bears writing ephemera. So it is difficult to predict which of the 1800 or so "earth-like planets" NASA acknowledges actually have life. Instead you get, "the math says there is likely a rocky planet here in the Goldilocks Zone (just right orbit) which would allow for non-frozen water, therefore there might be (probably is) life there.
But it's not that simple. It turns out that Earth has so many unique features it is doubtful any pretenders could develop and support life. The Privileged Planet by Guillermo Gonzalez is a wonderful book that explains all of this. A documentary of the same narrated by John Rhys-Davies is also available for $1.99 to rent. Another good book is Rare Earth. It also appears that not only is Earth uniquely situated for us to live here, it may have been set up to be the perfect observation post for learning about the universe around us.
In other words, God left his fingerprints all over our home.
Scientists must multiply habitable worlds, and, these days, they multiply universes, because ours is just so weird, there must be an infinite number, man.
Meanwhile, we've been searching 24/7 for just one intelligent signal from just one of the greater than 10 percent of stars hosting habitable planets. Maybe that will be this summer's big "scientists say" article.