Belief and proof

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Belief and Proof

This is a transcript of a QuickTime movie (2.0 MB) recorded in the Pilbara in 2005. Abby Allwood, from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, talks about the difference between belief and proof in science.


Belief is a different thing to proof, but I believe that I’m seeing a range of indications, a range of amazing structures that require, that are a lot more difficult to explain abiologically than they are to explain biologically. I can, there are analogs in the younger rocks, younger rock records, for this kind of thing that are biological. There are no analogs in an abiological setting. So I think we haven’t proven it yet but then what is proof? It is degrees of being convinced. Some people are convinced when others are not. And the last person to be convinced, well, who knows?




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