April 2, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

You Can Help Find Life on Mars

Astronomy Picture of the Day pulled a fast one for April Fool’s Day, humorously suggesting viewers might help scientists find water on Mars.  (The Mars in the picture was the candy kind.)

The joke was on them, because they got baloney all over their faces with this line: “Finding water on different regions on Mars has implications for understanding … the possible existence of past life…”  By linking to an evolution-assuming site, they showed themselves to be either unaware or unconcerned about the many and major problems with abiogenesis (see 02/06/2005 entry and work backward on Origin of Life chain links).  They also failed to see the irony in the fact that their staged picture showed intelligent design.  The biggest fool is the one who fools himself.

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