Thursday, December 2, 2010

Who is the Alien now? Nasa finds new life form.


I just read this article in Gizmodo about NASA finding a new life form here. Let me just summarize it for you: All living beings share the same building blocks or DNA, made up of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. NASA just found a new form of bacteria whose basic building block is something we have never seen before – Arsenic! Essentially NASA has discovered an alien life form. And boy does this change things... If I am this excited about this discovery, some biologist somewhere, I am sure, is running around the streets naked screaming “Eureka, Eureka”!

To put in perspective this giant leap for mankind, think of this as the most important biological discovery since Darwin showed us that we are all descendant from apes and ultimately from bacteria. And this just categorically answered a question man has been asking for a long time – “Are we alone in this Universe?” We are definitely not alone. 

New alien species found!
Religious institutions world over, I am sure, will use this discovery to point to a cosmic creator, “See, I told you. This discovery just proves how untenable the theory of evolution is”. To a certain extent, they are right. The entire basis of evolution is based on the fact that we all evolved from a single life form. Now that there is a different strain of bacteria, does this invalidate or change certain core assumptions made in evolution?  I am not a scientist capable of answering these questions but am confident the answers will come soon from people far smarter than I.

Until now scientists are not sure if life originated on earth or reached here through an asteroid from a distant galaxy. So if our ancestors (if we can call bacteria that!) took the first bus available to this planet, where did this alien species come from? Did they come earlier than us from another planet and failed to evolve because of biological constraints? Or does mother earth actually belong to this arsenic based species until a wave of invaders (us in this case) wiped them out. Whatever it is, biology will never be the same again.

“The species that sees the sun die out billions of years later will be as different from us as we are from bacteria” ~ Richard Dawkins. Chew on that.

4 comments:

Shree said...

serious discussion apart,the aliens in the picture seem to be out of place :D

Brinda said...

Whether you believe in the theory of evolution or God's creation, I am convinced there are plenty others where we came from. We just don't know yet.

As much as we like to paint the picture that we are the most wondrous/miraculous beings that ever came into existence, it doesn't appeal to my sense of logic.

And I agree, that picture is quite out of place :))

Keer9ik said...

Great earthly / earthlings picture , depicting earthly material elements
resembles mosaics, are those human extraterrestrials ? may say terrestrial TERRA.
they see us as extraterrestrials just as we see them as extraterrestrials.
this picture symbolizes and portrait in great describable detail earth terrain.

Keer9ik said...

i am not comprehending or understanding, how we the earthly and earthlings humanoids (Humans) are referred to as Terra Terrestrials
and the Visitors are referred to as Alien-Extraterrestrials or Reptilians On the Contrary opposite to both brim ends an interstellar Galaxy (vast space) visitor inhabitant/ extraterrestrial alien or reptilian see and define us humans exactly as we the humans see and define them as ' extraterrestrial - alien - reptilian ' . - so i cannot really grasp or observe the concept between Terra / Terrestrial / Extraterrestrial / Alien / Reptilian , as we are equal on the same status quo, on the same existing state and affairs just on a different environment habitat,position and lack of technological flying capabilities and advancement as opposed to their UFO saucers and crafts and opposed to their beams , space gateways,teleportation jumps and evolution altering and modification capabilities and means THEY are our Administrators until we will have the same capabilities and means and same privileges!