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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)

mk  ·  2684 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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.
orbat  ·  2684 days ago  ·  link  ·  
It is a good point that we should start looking in places where we know life can exist. It's not like we know a damn thing about any alternatives to carbon-based life.