"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Mars as a Failed Precursor to Earth's Biosphere

It has been hypothesized recently based on geological samples that Mars once had an oxygen rich atmosphere some billion years before Earth. It is intriguing to imagine this as a platform for the emergence of a living biosphere on that planet that didn't take. In this way we might extend the principle of potential evolution into the development of planetary systems and their precursors as perhaps an ordered series of ongoing development.

I believe that this concept may gain traction in the infant field of astrobiology.

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