Simpson, George Gaylord (1902–1984)
I cannot share the euphoria current among so many, even among certain biologists... Let us face the fact that this is a gamble at the most adverse odds with history. Then if we want to go on gambling, we will at least recognize that what we are doing resembles a wild spree more than a sober scientific program.Of astrobiology in general, he remarked that it was "a science looking for a subject." Simpson also pointed out that even where life did arise elsewhere, the odds were stacked against it developing along anything like terrestrial lines. Echoing an argument put forward by Wallace at the beginning of the century, Simpson concluded that "If the causal chain had been different, Homo sapiens would not exist."
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