A few days ago, Jerry Coyne wrote the following on his blog:
I think it’s time for us to stand up and say what we are: we are atheists, and we see no evidence for a God, just as we see no evidence for UFOs or Bigfoot.
Of course, this is a common notion among the atheists. But note the chosen comparitive examples. If the basis for making the comparison is the lack of perceived evidence in all cases, other examples could have been used:
I think it’s time for us to stand up and say what we are: we are atheists, and we see no evidence for a God, just as we see no evidence for life on other planets or extraterrestial intellgence (ETI).
Problem is that I have run across many atheists over the years who believe there is life on other planets, even intelligent life on other planets. So what gives? Since atheism is supposed to be the result of a lack of evidence, shouldn’t atheists likewise not believe there is life (intelligent or not) on other planets? Shouldn’t they deny the existence of extraterrestial life just as they deny these existence of God, UFOs, and Bigfoot? Isn’t atheism incompatible with SETI and exobiology?