If Mars is found to have supported life, how would the discovery affect you?

NASA says it is preparing to announce a history-making discovery on Mars. Today’s Question: If Mars is found to have supported life, how would the discovery affect you?

  • Mark in Freeborn

    The election would be over, and there would be something new to worry about.

  • Steve the Cynic

    At this point, I would be surprised if Curiosity failed to find evidence of life on Mars. Life on this planet exists wherever it can, even in some awfully strange places.

    It wouldn’t affect me directly, except that it would be interesting, not only to learn about the scientific discovery, but also to watch how the various lunatic fringes respond. I expect some to allege that NASA is hiding their discovery of an outpost on Mars built by aliens from another star system, while others accuse NASA of falsifying evidence for life so as to guarantee future funding for this government “boondogle.” Strident atheists will trumpet the discovery as evidence that Earth is not special in the way that the various religions claim, while strident theists praise God for creating a universe so hospitable to life.

    As with so many questions on these pages, what you think about it reveals more about you than about the truth, like a Rorschach blot.

  • Gary F

    It’s nice to know, but I have bigger problems I need to worry about.

    Not even sure if it will directly affect my teenage son in his lifetime. Sure, we may find out something that leads to new inventions or new minerals, or something, but directly? Probably not.

    I guess there aint much happening locally or in the world we would need a question of the day like this one.

  • Regnar James

    Let’s go mine it.

    DTOM

  • GregX

    The presence of humanly recognizable life exists beyond the confines of the planet earth and our collective fantasy of human uniqueness reverts from fact to theory. There is life out there and statistics alone would indicate that if we exist – others do as well.

  • david

    It really wouldn’t effect me at all, though i look forward to watching a PBS documentary about it. I really doubt they found “life” but found evidence life once existed. Fossils would be cool, but more like it’s trace organic compounds left by a complex bacteria like organism. Will be interesting to see if it s DNA based or something totally different. Probably will never know though as it’s just too far gone.

  • kim

    I guess it wouldn’t exactly “affect” me, but it would be WAY cool.

  • JasonB

    It would further dispel my notion that the existence of life may have been some exotic freak of nature.

  • Jim G

    I’m amazed… that the collective human mind that values the discovery of life on Mars can have so little concern about our own species effect on the continued health of this planet’s biosphere.

  • Philip

    It would prove my grandmother was right. Grandpa was abducted by Martians.

  • He B GB

    I just want to know when the rover rolled the dolls head over if it said “MAAA MAAAA”
    :-)

  • Ann

    It affects all of us because of the wasted money and resources that could be used in better ways. Many of us need jobs. We aren’t thinking about Mars. We will be living on the streets, not on Mars.

  • John of Edina

    I hope what they discovered is the foundation of a ruined civilization.

    Pillars, columns or sidewalks. In other words, human effects from long ago

    How it would effect me? It would cause the major religions to rethink their human-centric philosophies.

    It would also prove to be wonderful fodder for Christmas party discussions.

  • David

    I’d be all a twitter >=)

    Many more would be tweeting as well for sure.

  • Wally

    If they looked long enough wouldn’t they find evidence–mostly garbage–left by all the Hollywood crews that have made movies there? Now wouldn’t it be something it they found a wrapper from a Mars Bar?HA!

    If the “scientists” found evidence of “life,” a few amino acids or proteins, and said: “Okay, we’ve found the holy grail, we can stop looking now,” then my taxes would go down. (Not really, the money would be spent elsewhere.)

    But if they say, “Hooray, now let’s waste more billions looking for life on other planets, in other solar systems,” then my taxes would go up. (Not really, since most of it is borrowed money anyway.)

    This mission is farce, fiasco, bogus, boondoggle, by a bureaucracy that practices pseudoscience. Shut it down.

  • Really?

    It would serve to confirm what I already believe, that life itself is a product of the evolution of the universe, and that evolutionary process is, relatively speaking, at a very early stage. At the most basic level, we are nothing but stardust after all.