"There's a class of hypotheses which are exceptional and therefore require exceptional evidence."
So said the renowned and very dead atheist Carl Sagan.
But not so in today's world of science.
In their desperate attempt to prove that life on Earth is nothing special, our tax-funded agency has turned to a young lady, who has now been turned into an instant celebrity.
She has claimed to have made an astounding "discovery": a supposed "arsenic-eating bacteria." The astrobiology researcher has dubbed her new play toy bacteria "GFAJ-1."
Turns out that GFAJ is an acronym for "Give Felisa A Job."
The problem now for Felisa is that her exceptional claim is not supported by exceptional evidence.
But the real problem is not Felisa's. It's the world's.
Because the world wants Felisa to be right. The world wants an atomic element that is known to be a very effective poison and which is considered harmful to all living things to suddenly be a new basis for a life form.
Thereby giving "science" what it wants: it is not necessary for a Creator to have created anything because, well, golly, life can even exist by eating arsenic.
So congratulations, Felisa, you are like so many in the world of science, your own star. You started with a conclusion and then worked your "evidence" until it supported your hypotheses.
Don't worry what others have to say. Because this news today will be news tomorrow.
And with our tax money to support you, you will always have a job.
An old story gets a new twist.
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