Monday, December 24, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Lake Ellsworth, lake Vostok, “understanding”, coincidences…

_64903794_152_-_camp_panarama_with_full_onion_tanksPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-12-24]: The project to drill through the ice-sheet to reach the hidden waters of Lake Ellsworth has been on hold for the past week after a boiler broke down. The scientists are eager to reach the lake which has been in isolation for more than half a million years, to see if life is sustained in extreme pressure conditions under total darkness. [source: BBC News] Like in the case of Lake Vostok again in Antarctica (see here), a small coincidence has halted humans from destroying an ecosystem just because they want to… “understand”. Pure bad luck? Or… Cosmic interference?

Update 27/12/2012: The mission was finally cancelled (see here). Coincidences, part II...

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