There’s an interesting article over at Bloomberg by Tyler Cowen about a recent uptick in the number of UFO sightings among military people. I’m not going to go into any detail about that, because you can read it for yourself, but I did want to make a comment about the idea at the end of the article. “Panspermia” it’s called, which is the idea that life on earth is a result of it having been planted here by aliens. Maybe even aliens who were like Johnny Appleseed, planting life here and yon across the cosmos. So maybe they’re coming back to see how their planting went, or maybe the results of other seeds planted on other planets are coming here in hopes of finding their fellow plants. (If they are looking for intelligent life, let’s hope they land in Washington, D.C. because they will think the whole experiment an abject failure.
But anyhow, the interesting thing to me about this whole panspermia idea is that it is the ultimate kicking down the road of the can. “Let’s not admit the possibility that life on earth was created by God, so let’s invent someone else to have seeded the earth. Where did they come from? Probably someone seeded them!” I made up that last sentence. The people I have read who advocate for panspermia have all avoided the idea of where those alien races started. (I’m sure there are advocates of this notion who have worked out a reason/first cause, I just haven’t happened to have read it.)
Anyway, it’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a good one. It kind of reminds me of the two guards in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who keep offering alternatives to their mandate when it’s really quite simple: don’t let the prince leave the room.
Finally got to see “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. OK, not like it wasn’t available in my area before today, I just hadn’t gone. But anyway, it was BY FAR the best Marvel movie in years!! Why do I say that? Because the story lasts all the way to the end of the movie! (Not just story for 80% followed by an extended fight scene for the last 20%.) Now I know why Ant-Man wasn’t in “Avengers – Infinity War”: he was off making a better movie somewhere else!
If you have read all or part of my new novel Noah (available here), you probably have some questions. Let me go ahead and try to answer some of them now. If you have additional questions, please write to me and I will try my best to answer them and work them into a blog. (Though I won’t mention you by name, just the usual “D.B. from Des Moines asks … “)
What if an inventor, say an Edison or a Leonardo—instead of sixty—had eight hundred years to invent? What if the antediluvian world were not made up of hunter-gatherers and the beginnings of an agrarian society, but of spacefarers and scientists?
And what if it were into a world like that that God spoke to tell one of the preeminent scientists of the day to build an ark of wood?
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