orbat · 2685 days ago · link · · parent · post: HD 85512 b: leading candidate for extrasolar life.
It's the best candidate for extrasolar life that's like our own. I think that's one of the major problems with trying to find life out there: we have no idea what form it can actually take (well, unless you subscribe to the anthropic principle anyhow)
True enough. But as we might completely overlook a extremely alien form of life, this might be a good start. There are arguments based on the valence of carbon atoms and the high-specific heat of water that suggest ours might be a popular setup for life-sustaining(?) chemistry.