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Life Began Before the World

A new paper by Staff Scientist Alexei Sharov, of the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, and Theoretical Biologist Richard Gordon, of the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory in Florida, took Moore’s Law and applied it to the complexity in which life on Earth grows to come up with a surprising theory.

Moore’s Law is the observation that technology increases exponentially in complexity at a predicable rate of double the transistors per integrated circuit every couple of years.  Using the law and working backward from the last few years of computational complexity, you will get back to the 1960’s, which was when the first microchip was invented.

Sharov and Gordon, using this same standard with the complexity of life, where able to come to the conclusion that life came into existence long before the Earth itself.  About 5.5 billion years before the Earth.

So even if it’s mathematically possible for life to have existed before Earth did, is it physically possible? Again, Sharov and Gordon said yes, it is. As our solar system was forming, pre-existing bacteria-like organisms, or even simple nucleotides from an older part of the galaxy, could have reached Earth by hitching an interstellar ride on comets, asteroids or other inorganic space debris — a theoretical process called panspermia

Now there is no way for the scientist to know with certainty that organic complexity increased at a stable rate throughout the history of the universe, so they prefer to call the paper a “thought exercise or essay” according to Sharov.

One of the more interesting conclusions from this research is that it goes to debunk the idea of advanced alien life on another world, since all life would develop at the same rate.  What you would find would be aliens who are just as developed as humans in terms of knowledge and ability.

Although some may be skeptical of Sharov and Gordon’s findings, the scientists stand by their conclusions. “Contamination with bacterial spores from space appears the most plausible hypothesis that explains the early appearance of life on Earth,” they argue in the paper, which is published online in the preprint journal Arxiv.

Sharov said that if he had to bet on it, he’d say “it’s 99 percent true that life started before Earth — but we should leave 1 percent for some wild chance that we haven’t accounted for.”

This comes at the same time that Stephen Hawking declares that the Big Bang did not need a god, but that is nothing new.  In his April 16th lecture, Hawking explained how theories about the universe having no beginning or end do not stand up as observations go to show that there was only one big bang.  According to Hawking, time began at the moment of singularity and it is likely that this has only occurred once.  If he is correct, this puts the age of the universe at 13.8 billion years, which is only 3.8 billion years before life began. 

Hawking closed by outlining his “M-theory” which states that multiple universes are created out of nothing, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence.  In only a few of these states would life be possible and even fewer in which human type life could exist.

Now I know there will be those who disagree with me, but I look at this as more proof towards creation than random and uncontrolled evolution from bacteria.



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Wanting to Understand Evolution

I am still stuck on trying to see the logical progression that people hold on evolution. Not that life evolves. That is documented and proven. It is the thought that all life forms on the earth mutated from a single source. I am trying to understand it more because I have heard people challenge the thought that it takes more faith to be an atheist than to believe in a God. Not going to limit it to God for this discussion, but faith in a higher power.

We know that the universe was created by the Big Bang. BOOM POW! Ok, now we have the universe and the stars and planets, and the Earth. The Earth was created by a gravitation pull in an area of space that pulled together rocks and things that were floating around and compressed them to the point that the Earth was created. Not sure how the core of the earth came about from this process, let alone the tectonic plates, continents, or oceans.

In order for life to evolve from a single life form, there had to be some life form on the rocks that were pulled together to form the planet. These life forms survived the force that forged everything into the planet. They might have been dormant, but they had to be alive, because life has to come from life. So life is now on the earth as these thawed single cell life forms. They mutated into multi cell life forms which some how mutated into all life and vegetation on the earth. That is where I get lost.

When you have subjects you are studying and they are all exposed to the same environment, the subjects should respond the same way. I know with natural selection that the weaker subjects would die off, but do you really get giant leaps where one would mutate into a fish and another would mutate into a seed. I say a seed because that is how plant life is formed. Maybe I am limiting it too much. Reproduction would be the result the creature and not the source. That is why the chicken would have come before the egg. Actually the chicken now has evolved through several generations of breeding, but the breeder had to come before the offspring. So, these single cell things decided to change and become plants and trees as well as fish, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

The cells would of first started evolving into plant life. I say this because we need the plant life to develop the atmosphere that we have. Animal life wouldn’t have given off the oxygen needed. Not all of them would have evolved though. Some would have stayed in the soup waiting for atmospheric conditions to get to the point where they could move into water. Water contains oxygen, but when the creatures that are in the water use the oxygen to continue living, the oxygen is stripped from the water molecule. They hydrogen that is left would have to rebind with oxygen in the atmosphere and form new water molecules to replace those that were lost. So we get vegetation first then animal life. In my mind, natural selection would have dictated that those organisms that didn’t evolve into plant life would have died off, but I am sure I am missing something here.

It is a reach for me to believe that single cell organisms from space survived the process that created the earth in the first place and mutated into multiple forms of vegetation and then those that didn’t mutate into vegetation would mutate into animal based life. All of this without a clear design or supernatural help. What are the odds of that happening? Why is it so much harder to believe that something guided this process?

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