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Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth?

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?


>>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:


>The full interview is republished, by permisssion, at


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

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