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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