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I don't think it made that claim (The HN title appears somewhat incorrect) - just that we are primarily detecting what are likely to be eyeball planets, so if life is out there on any of the planets we are detecting, then it'll most likely be an eyeball planet.

It's a bit circular and not really saying anything useful, but at least it's not claiming what the HN title (nor your criticism) is saying

We are detecting planets that are close to their host stars because they are relatively easy to detect using current methods.

If a planet is closer to its star, it's more likely to be tidally locked. It can however also be in a spin-orbit resonance higher than 1:1.

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