Horrible news!!! Organic molecules have just been found on Mars. It appears that the great filter is ahead of us.

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Anything other than methane which is the simplest organic molecule there is (CH4) and, as far as I remember, has been detected in interstellar gas..?

2Ander5yThis only means that the great filter is not due to the difficulty of creating organic compounds. (In fact, creating organic compounds was already very low on a list of things that might be the cause of an early filter, or maybe even already effectively ruled out.). It still could be a step between this and where we are now. For example, it could be the creation of Eukaryotes. Or it could be intelligence. Or other things.
1polymathwannabe5yWhat's horrible about that?

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