From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:18:11 +0100 Archived: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:31:33 -0400 Subject: Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth? >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:25:24 +0100 >Subject: Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth? >>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:02:45 +0100 >>Subject: Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth? ><snip> >>Oft-repeated, this hypothesis is regularly trotted out as a >>'solution' to the mystery. Just once it would be nice to see it >>acknowledged that this is no solution at all, but merely a >>deferral: we are still left with the scientific mystery of how >>life started elsewhere. >It's a matter of probabilities or odds Gerald >Here's Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, speaking to Stuart Miller: <snip> >The full interview is republished, by permisssion, at >www.perceptions.couk.com/panspermia.html I don't think we're quite on the same square with this one, Ray. My point was a very basic one: we don't settle the question of how life starts by deciding that it starts somewhere other than on our own planet. Where it comes from may indeed be a matter of probability, and will remain so right up to the point where we can be wholly certain. Wickramasinghe is certainly alive to the key issue on the 'how': he sees 'life' as something that occurs somewhere on an ascending spectrum of complexity. Viewed this way, those who look or hope for a clear-cut answer to the question may well be in for a great disappointment. The strongest likelihood is that there is a grey, blurred area on that spectrum where different, but not all criteria are satisfied. There is no a priori reason to expect that there should be some sharply defined point in the spectrum of complexity where 'life' actually 'starts'. Of course, this idea is going to leave a lot of folk decidedly uneasy. However, I would hope, Ray, that as a fellow iconoclast, you might find it rather appealing. Great interview. Thanks for the link! Gerald O'Connell Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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