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Fraser
2011-Nov-23, 11:40 AM
It’s a given. It won’t be long until human technology will expand our repertoire of cataloged exoplanets to astronomical levels. Of these, a huge number will be considered within the “habitable zone”. But, isn’t a bit egotistical of mankind to assume that life should be “as we know it”? Now astrobiologists/scientists like Dirk Schulze-Makuch with [...]

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Trakar
2011-Nov-24, 06:44 AM
It’s a given. It won’t be long until human technology will expand our repertoire of cataloged exoplanets to astronomical levels. Of these, a huge number will be considered within the “habitable zone”. But, isn’t a bit egotistical of mankind to assume that life should be “as we know it”? Now astrobiologists/scientists like Dirk Schulze-Makuch with [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/91237/planetary-habitability-index-proposes-a-less-earth-centric-view-in-search-of-life/)

When we find life as we don't know it, then we might have reason to consider expanding the "zones of habitability." Personally, I'm still looking for a rational explanation for considering everything from Mercury to Neptune to be described as "Earthlike."