posted on Mar, 20 2004 @ 02:30 AM
I have entertained the Mars origin notion. It does have a few things going for it, IMHO.
Say we populated the whole planet, at a high technological level. Used up the available resources (i.e. water, metals, etc.) and split because we
wrecked the place. (True to human form!
) What would be left, milennia later? A dry planet with lots and lots of carbon dioxide and rust (from
all the metals used by the technological society). Under these hostile conditions, all evidence of civilization would've been wiped pretty clean by
now. They say Mars was definitely warmer and wetter, and likely with a thicker atmosphere to boot. Sounds pretty cozy. Of course, they say it was
much longer ago, but who knows? We're just starting to learn about the place.
Then you look back at the origins of 'modern' man. True, the primate fossil record is pretty compelling, but there's still always the 'missing
link' that we can't find. So many cultures have legends of a superior 'other' race preceeding us. We find ancient works that we can't fully
explain how such 'primitives' could've constructed. A funny analogy is Doulas Adams' bit about the Golgafrinchians crashing on ancient Earth
). Mankind has been around for so many thousands of years...yet we only 'got smart' in the last couple centuries? (That last one really bugs
me--Mars theory notwithstanding. Topic for another thread, however...)
Venus too is interesting. Most Earthlike...except for whatever big calamity screwed things up so bad. Something HUGE hit that thing sometime in the
past and made the whole planet FUBAR. Knocked it hard enough to make the whole planet spin backwards on it's axis...so much so that it's not even
righted itself yet. The entire surface has been REsurfaced. A 'nuclear winter' looks like a spring shower compared to the aftereffects that are
still going on there. Boiling clouds, liquid metallic rain...Venus is certainly no place to be now. But who knows way back when? The hypothesis on
the possible airborne bacterial life is pretty good as well. If anything were to survive a calamity like that, what would it be forced to evolve
into? (Again, see Douglas Adams' bit about the planet Frogstar 4(?), where all the people evolved into birds so their feet would never touch the
ground again after the "shoe event horizon"
Interesting speculation, nothing more.