Your laziness is out of my control.
(and mine, out of yours)
It's hardly laziness on my part. I actually read over what you provided, such as it was (the two jstor links require an account to access in full) - and I generally tend to like reading science stuff. My complaint was because of your attitude that you could just drop a link on someone and not explain how it pertained to your argument.
You can enjoy my fully formed opinions, or
you can enjoy reading peer reviewed literature
some of which I use to form my opinions.
If you are looking for my opinions as found in published literature
it's not going to be my opinion then is it.
Every time you play this kind of game, my opinion of your intelligence level goes down. And it's not exactly high at the moment.
You can certainly quote the parts that led you to the opinions you hold, especially since you claim that some of it is used to form those opinions. I should not have had to point this out to you.
You asked for some peer reviewed literature. If the quality is
not up to snuff, no problem. Then your just back to the enjoyment
of my conclusions. : )
Do you really think it was an issue with quality
that I was complaining about? Then you'd better start polishing up those reading comprehension skills of yours, because they're clearly lacking.
If you're going to cite peer-reviewed literature, then you need to actually discuss it. Not simply give me this ridiculous false dichotomy of claiming that I either read the literature or I accept your conclusions. That is not acceptable, and I would not be surprised if it violated the forum's rules.
Last I checked, we weren't discussing life in the solar system. Indeed, I'm not questioning the likelihood that it does not exist (except possibly single-celled organisms) outside of Earth.
By the way, I'm not questioning Ward's credentials. What I read of his book from the previous link you gave leads me to believe that he is a competent scientist. I just don't agree with his conclusions - which are based largely on educated guesswork, the same as previous estimates re: the Drake equation.
EDIT: Modified due to edits on his part.