posted on Feb, 27 2012 @ 10:49 AM
reply to post by Arken
If they walk the straight and narrow then they will be vindicated. If not, then shame.
But Chandra has done some good research. I wouldn't shrug off things he says.
What he's saying is... When you go outside and look out at space, you're literally looking at life no matter where you look. It might not be
intelligent life, but it's life, nonetheless. And if I understand it right, he's suggesting that life didn't start on planets, per say. Somehow, it
started in those interstellar clouds?
Here's an interview with him:
This is not the first time I've heard him suggest that ther'es a conspiracy of silence or rejection.
"Firstly, if life was already detected, then there is no need to spend vast sums of money to continue the search."
"Secondly, there is a lot of scientific interest nowadays in bringing back samples of Martian soil to Earth at the cost of tens of billions of
dollars, and there is a lobby that says if microbes exist on Mars we should not be doing this. It could pose a biohazard."
Wickramasinghe said authorities might be deterred by prospects of litigation arising from Planetary Protection -- the guiding principle in the design
of interplanetary missions that aims to prevent biological contamination of both the target celestial body and the Earth.
Lastly, before I go, I will bring out the skeptic in me and say that Chandra is a buddhist. I think he is anyway. His religion might actually be
distorting his expectations and making him vulnerable to neurosis. This would damage his reputation as a scientist and make him come to non-scientific
But I have to say that panspermia makes sense to me. I've heard it said that there was not enough time on earth for life to evolve as it has. I have
not confirmed this statement. But when you think about it it occurs to you that if life can evolve or hibernate in the heart of comets and be seeded
from interstellar clouds and cling to asteroids then this greatly increases its ability to survive and spread.... and evolve.
But if it's true you would expect life on earth to be a mix of earth/mars/venus/etc.
Also.. don't stay alive and survive almost sound like the same word?
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