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Paul Davies, theoretical physicist and a visiting professor at Imperial College London, suggests that within 50 years manned trips to Mars will answer the question: is there life and, if so, did life begin separately on the red planet?
In other words, was there a second genesis of life emerging from nonlife in our solar system.
Here’s the question: how would your worldview change if in fact life was discovered deep underneath the surface of Mars? Would there be things you would teach your children that you might not otherwise?
Davies suggests that “A great deal hinges on the outcome, because the search for life elsewhere is also a search for ourselves — who we are and what our place might be in the great cosmic scheme.”
If life here on earth is a “fluke confined to our little corner of the universe,” he argues, “our stewardship of the planet becomes all the more important.” [PN: I don’t see “why” this would make it more important]. But, Davies writes, “if we do find a second genesis, it will forever transform our science, religion, and worldview.”
So, what do you think? It’s the year 2051 and you telepathically engaged the microchip in your brain to scan your email and the news of the day. The top story is that scientists working on a station on Mars’ surface have discovered a bacteria deep underneath the ground.
Life “found a way” somewhere other than earth. How does your world change?
see you in the mystic…
coming here at “into the mystic”:
->What does the future hold and how to predict it?
->The birthing of human machines.
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