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2. SJ Gould wrote a very interesting essay on Lowell's reasoning:
Thu Dec 15, 2011, 08:18 AM
Dec 2011

"War of the Worldviews." It's been republished in Gould's collection "Leonardo's Mountain of Clams ..."

According to Gould, Lowell was convinced (1) that the Martian polar caps were ice and (2) that Mars showed seasonal color changes that could only be explained by seasonal vegetation. He concluded, from his belief in vegetation, that intelligent life-forms must exist, and "deduced" (from his belief that planet water was concentrated in polar ice-caps) that intelligent life-forms must have engaged in advanced engineering activities to move polar meltwater elsewhere -- which fit perfectly with the "fact" that the so-called "canali" had already been "observed" earlier

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