PANSPERMIA
  Karl Arnold Belser
5 February 2016



I discussed with a physicist friend  my post Reflections on 2015 which is an elaboration on my short story WINDSEED.  I speculate in this short story about how the human race might propagate itself throughout the universe. My friend pointed out that a lot of people are thinking about this issue which is called panspermia. There is even a website called Panspermia.org that gives a list of references that date back to the 19th century. I could have just added this post, as a footnote to my previous post, but I want to admit that I had not investigated the subject well given my interest.

pan·sper·mi·a
/panˈspərmēə/
nour
the theory that life on the earth originated from microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer space and able to initiate life on reaching a suitable environment.


I referenced Fred Hoyle in WINDSEED as the person that showed that there is a lot of organic material in space. The questions are:

1.  Did life originate in the Big Bang in the form of some special chemical (quantity yet undiscovered) that is seeding life throughout the universe?

2.   Did life spontaneously arise on Earth (as well as any other planets)? The immplication here is that maybe life will arise in very complicated machines as people like Ray Kurzweill asserts in his book The Singularity is Near.

As far as I know, no one knows what life is or how to create it. I am aware that Craig Venter is credited with introducing synthesized DNA into a cell to create a new life form. Since not everything about the cell was synthesized, it is not clear that some other part of the cell is responsible for the cell being alive. Hence, I am skeptical. The article in Mosaic What's Wrong with Craig Venter gives an excellent summary of what Craig is doing today.

A recent Scientific American article called The Panspermia Paradox leans toward the idea that life occurred spontaneously on Earth. The paradox is why are we not dominated by the most hardy of microbes that have evolved and been seeded into space. They could be everywhere and we have not identified them.

I still am of the conclusion that because of the second law of thermodynamics, humans are, in my opinion, here to facilitate things (all the stuff in the universe( becoming disorderly. Hence, we may have in innate propensity to propagate our type of life-form throughout the universe.
    
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