Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went camping, pitching their tent under the stars. During the night, Holmes called out, “Watson, Watson, look up. What do you see?”
“Stars”, the groggy Watson muttered.
“And what do you deduce from that?” asked Holmes.
Watson replied, “If just a few of the millions of stars I see have planets, it is quite likely some of those planets are like Earth, and if a few of the planets out there are like Earth, then there might also be life out there.”
“Watson, you idiot!” scolded Holmes. “Somebody stole our tent!”
There is a time for imagination and a time for reality; a season for conjecture and a moment for conclusion. The immediate problem is the missing tent, not the abundant stars.
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