Is there alien life out there? It would seem small-minded to think not. Whether these are fully functional civilizations or just isolated forms of bacteria, it would still be a discovery as important as any made involving this planet’s life sources, at least to our life-spoiled generation. But it’s an entirely different thing to assume that aliens had something to do with the life on Earth. Pyramids, Easter Island, and Stonehenge? Those were all human works. But what about humans the themselves?
The idea that our own genetic code may be embedded with alien intelligence is a theory being lobbed awkwardly into the stratosphere by Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan and Maxim A Makukov from the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, who presented their thoughts to the journal Icarus. The call their idea “biological SETI,” hypothesizing a mathematical code within our DNA that Darwin’s evolutionary theories don’t account for. Instead of looking out, like the actual SETI program does, we should be looking inwards. Does anyone else think these guys just watched Prometheus a bunch of times on mushrooms? The researchers write:
Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales; in fact it is the most durable construct known. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature. Once the genome is appropriately rewritten the new code with a signature will stay frozen in the cell and its progeny, which might be delivered through space and time.
That was all right on the tip of your tongue, right? It’s all a part of the great panspermia hypothesis, which proposes that life on Earth was seeded by extraterrestrials. Could we possibly do the same things to some other exoplanet? And would anybody put me in charge of that? Because paraphrasing this would be silly, here’s an excerpt from the article.
They go on to argue that their detailed analysis that the human genome displays a thorough precision-type orderliness in the mapping between DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids. ‘Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.’ They say this includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero. ‘Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing,’ they assert.
If it turns out to be true, then we’ve already made first contact. But until we find out for sure one way or another, let’s just let these guys bash it out with the religious front while actual scientific progress gets made elsewhere. Boink!