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[–] GoogleHatesVoat 3 points 10 points (+13|-3) ago  (edited ago)

It has been conjectured that life started as single cells from of all things, lava rock. Why? Open cells of lava rock are perfect 'cups' for DNA to replicate. It is said that ocean wave action was akin to a monkey banging away at a piano, given enough time it will play a tune. Billions of years of ocean agitation into lava rock protein crucibles gave the world its first life, single cellular life. That froth at the edge of the sand? It is our true origin. Or at least is the most defensible theory so far according to science. Then again, maybe an old man with a beard created everything in a week and makes his home above us, watching what we do and punishing us or rewarding us when we die.

Which one sounds more 'common sense'. Oh wait, tradition and control...

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[–] RonBennington 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

I'd love to read about this, hearing that for the first time, any links?

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[–] Lord_Oprah 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm just happy to see only one downgoat on this. Sick of the religious right ruining the right wing of politics with their religious fantasy.

I'm very right wing, the religious right and the alt-left have tainted good science which is supposed to be apolitical.

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[–] polydog65 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'd argue against religion ruining science - while it has screwed up many things a few decades ago, before that, scientists were guided by their belief in god to try and inspect all of what they believed to be his creations, leading to many great discoveries, such as evolution, and our understanding of space. But it's at most useless today and a mild nuisance.

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[–] MrAmerica 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Exactly how have the religious right "ruined" science?

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[–] littul_kitton 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

The more I learn about the evolution of life on Earth, the less likely exogenesis seems. The key is the viruses.

If exogenesis is true, then only a small fragment of another world arrived on Earth as the seed of our creation. Assuming it was ripped from the parent world by some cataclysm, it could only have carried a tiny slice of the ancestral ecosystem. The most ancient fossils show this, the handful of organisms known as the Ediacaran biota.

And yet we find many families of viruses that are radically different from each other. Plant viroids that are tiny loops of DNA. Single-stranded RNA viruses. Double stranded RNA viruses. Single- and double-stranded DNA viruses. Circular viruses. Chromosomal viruses. Stripped down tiny viruses. Viruses more sophisticated than many bacteria. Retroviruses. Viruses that infect other viruses.

It beggars belief that a chunk of an alien world transported to Earth could have carried all of this. The evidence seems to suggest that the rollicking, baroque ecosystem that produced these viruses was entirely present on our Earth.

The second line of evidence is the viral defenses. If you have heard of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering, you need to know that it is from bacteria and they use it to defend against viruses. That's right, the simplest cells on Earth can adapt to and destroy viruses. The plants also have an adaptive viral defense - they spread snippets of the virus and use RNA silencing. Every organism studied in depth seems to have a strong defense against viruses. I doubt this could have happened if a few alien cells had been dropped on Earth by accident. It would only have happened if Earth started out with a huge viral ecosystem, which evolved from the most ancient genetic material.

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[–] mcdowell_ag 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Since we know that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_meteorite exist, it seems at least possible that Mars cooled first, got life, and passed it on to us - we are all Martians!

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[–] Subtenko 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

Space has no direction so when you say up, its just space from where your current perspective is. There are dimensions though, and there is more to this life.

Wouldn't it be amazing to witness all this creation in real time? Or perhaps speed up too, it would be pretty awesome seeing a planet form among other things

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[–] Saufsoldat 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

People in biblical times had no idea that space exists. Why do you think the creation of the entire universe took less than a day but one measly planet took at least 4 days? They thought earth was all there is and stars are just little lights, no further away than our sun.

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[–] trazzz 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

The time is so early than i start to thing that life originated in another planet and came on earth

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[–] Maroonsaint 5 points -2 points (+3|-5) ago 

I came on your mom

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[–] PraiseIPU 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

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[–] GreatestOfAllTime 4 points 2 points (+6|-4) ago 

They have no fucking idea how old it actually is.

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[–] Subtenko 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

In the grand scheme of things the top scientist around the world dont know much of anything. We think we got all these laws figured out but there will be something that throws a monkey wrench into the whole mix. Mind boggling stuff

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[–] River_Otter 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

This. I have literally observed sedimentary rock form in less than 5 years where conditions were ideal. This being the case, this blows geological dating right out of the window.

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[–] NotoriousIUD 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Wow, so it could have taken less than half a billion years then.

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[–] HorseIsDead 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

You'd think the planet was probably still way too hot or some shit at that point.

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[–] cyks 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Older living creatures (over 4 billion years old) are being studied as origins of life on deep sea hydro-thermal vents, which are heated by liquid rock.

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[–] CarthOSassy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The universe would seem less tidy, and earth less special, if it turns out to be panspermia. However...

It would be interesting to track down dear old cosmic dad.

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[–] tame 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

And then it turns out to be Kurt Russell...

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