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Re: DNA As Cosmic Code - Maccabee

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 23:15:54 -0400
Archived: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 08:36:06 -0400
Subject: Re: DNA As Cosmic Code - Maccabee

>Source: Paul Gilster's Centauri-Dreams - Raleigh, North Carolina


>Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

>DNA As Cosmic Code

>If you possessed technologies so advanced that you could seed
>life throughout the cosmos, wouldnt you leave some marker that
>would identify your work? We cant know what a hypothetical
>extraterrestrial intelligence might do, but we do know enough
>about human nature to acknowledge the desire for recognition. It
>shows up every time a new squabble breaks out over who really
>discovered an exoplanet  humans crave the praise of their
>fellows. Yes, if humans had life-seeding technologies, you can
>bet we would leave signs of our craftsmanship.


>Leading to the speculation that our own genome may contain some
>kind of information, assuming that the early Earth was scattered
>with DNA delivered by an alien species for the purpose of
>propagating life. But DNAs mutability reduces the chance that a
>single message might survive. This is why the Japanese
>researchers added redundant copies of E=mc2 into the bacterial
>genome, allowing Einsteins equation to have a chance.
>Presumably ancient bio-engineers would have done the same.

>And I like the way Overbye puts the matter:

>"The challenge for an erstwhile interstellar Johnny Appleseed
>is to make the message part of the basic nature of its host.

If that ever turns out to be us, if we find that we are the
>medium, to paraphrase the late Marshall McLuhan, then, in some
>sense, we are also the message. Never mind who or what are the
>intended readers."

Some years ago I amused myself by thinking of a science fiction
story in which a researcher investigates the humane genome,
suddenly decodes a sequence into a sort of 'universal language'
that he understands as saying "If you can read this The End Is

I suppose reading that would be almost as much of a shock as
reading something like "Kilroy was here."


"It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature."

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