The Trillion Year Secret — Revealed!

[30-second sound clip] You are about to leave reality and travel into another dimension — a dimension that exists beyond the laws of nature, unknowable by evidence and reason — a wondrous land of Oogity Boogity! There’s a signpost up ahead: Next stop — The Drool Zone.

You’ve heard of Panspermia. Well, that’s nothing! Wait ’til you learn what we just found at the website of the Daily Express, a national tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. Their attention-grabbing headline is Humans originated from ‘cosmic genes’ that fell to Earth trillion years ago – SHOCK claim, and they have a comments feature.

Wowie — a trillion years ago! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Our DNA holds a “dark secret” which threatens to debunk all evolutionary and creationist theories sending scientists back to the drawing board.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then the Daily Express says:

All lifeforms on our planet came from distant stars by way of meteors, comets and showers of dust containing extra-terrestrial bacteria and viruses. Microscopic alien organisms have been controlling evolution and the development of life on Earth since the emergence of the first single-cellular organisms. The extraordinary claims from astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe threaten to blow previous theories around the origins of life out of the water.

Wikipedia has a write-up on Chandra Wickramasinghe. They say that he:

is a Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist. His research interests include the interstellar medium, infrared astronomy, light scattering theory, applications of solid-state physics to astronomy, the early Solar System, comets, astrochemistry, the origin of life and astrobiology. A student and collaborator of Fred Hoyle, the pair worked jointly for over 40 years as influential proponents of panspermia. In 1974 they proposed the hypothesis that some dust in interstellar space was largely organic.

Ah, Fred Hoyle, known for junkyard tornado criticism of evolution. Okay, let’s return to the Daily Express, which quotes Wickramasinghe:

We are all aliens made up of cosmic genes from cosmic bacteria and viruses that drifted down to us in comet dust and meteorites through the depths of space. Recent studies have shown that a single drop of ocean water contains more than 10 million individual viruses.

An estimated 10 to the power of 31 viruses exist on Earth at any time; if these are strung end to end they would span distances that are measured in millions of light years. Such viruses appear to have controlled the evolution of life on the Earth from the first microbes brought here by comets to all life – plants, animals, humans. The acceptance of this once controversial theory as the correct world-view will usher in enormous scientific and societal changes.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Enormous changes! The Daily Express then tells us:

The origins of life have confounded scientists, philosophers and religious leaders for centuries with nobody ever coming close to finding the answer. Many people think man descended from great apes over millions of yeas of evolution while others believe we were crafted by the hand of God. Theories of Earth being “seeded” by extra-terrestrial beings are only now being discussed in the mainstream stirring deep controversy among religious and scientific groups.

We haven’t seen that it’s a raging controversy, but the tabloid claims otherwise:

The late Sir Fred believed extra-terrestrial DNA arrived on comets claiming the complexity of life is too great for it to have arisen with no external influence. He said: “If one proceeds directly and straightforwardly in this matter, without being deflected by a fear of incurring the wrath of scientific opinion, one arrives at the conclusion that biomaterials with their amazing measure of order must be the outcome of intelligent design.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The rest of the article is about evidence for panspermia, but not for intelligent design — or the “trillion” years promised in the tabloid’s headline. So it’s a bit of a let-down, although fun to read anyway. Go ahead, then let us know what you think.

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9 responses to “The Trillion Year Secret — Revealed!

  1. That headline isn’t even click bait. It’s like .
    . . infinite buckets of clickchum. Not even Buttfeed would distort reality as much as that.

  2. Does W. still hold to the Steady State model? Is the universe infinitely old? Life always existed, somewhere?

  3. Michael Fugate

    People unclear on the concept.

  4. ‘ Recent studies have shown that a single drop of ocean water contains more than 10 million individual viruses.’ Evidence?

  5. In matters concerning biology Chandra Wickramasinghe is nearly as reliable as a dead spider answering any real questions about biology. Recall that creationists flew in (and paid) Wickramasinghe to testify on their behalf at the McLean v. Arkansas trial where they lost so badly. The lawyer for the pro science side asked Wickramasinghe some questions. One question was how old is the Earth, and he correctly answered more than millions of years, clearly contradicting the creationist side, The other question was did he really believe that insects were smarter than humans and they were hiding that fact, like he had written in one of his books. He left the Dover trial with zero credibility on either side.

    Wickramasinghe and Hoyle claimed that life and diseases came from space rather than evolving on Earth, and Wickramasinghe even claimed to have clearly observed cells in outer space, based on Earth based instrumentation! According to him, anything in outer space as small as a microbe must be a microbe. There are lots of other Google links besides the one below.

  6. The prepared statement by W. for the 1981 Arkansas trial is here:
    Of course, his opinion may have changed over 35+ years.

  7. Did that reporter just sweep scientists, philosophers and religious leaders on a single heap as equally competent to find the truth about our origins? Oh dear.

  8. “The late Sir Fred” managed to put himself on the losing side of every major scientific controversy for decades–from continuous creation vs. the Big Bang to the organic origin of oil vs. an inorganic one. He was a brilliant man, but as time went on he became increasingly irrelevant.

  9. How do such smart people come up with such batty ideas? Do they think they are so much smarter than everyone else that they do not have to listen to contradictory data?