This might be one of the most bizarre, entertaining topics I ever cover on these pages. A group of over twenty evolutionary scientists has proposed possibly one of the strangest, least scientific ideas in the history of science. In an attempt to explain what is known as the Cambrian Explosion, these scientists have proposed, in the peer-reviewed journal ScienceDirect, that life was sent here by some unknown alien race far outside our view. This article will attempt to explain why this view is utter and complete rubbish. The article I described above is lengthy. It contains nineteen major headers and three appendices so I will not attempt to cover the whole thing. Instead, I’ll pull a few of the more bizarre and noteworthy claims from the article and examine them
Before going any further, we need to clarify just how significant the publication of this article really is. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology is a peer-reviewed journal. That means not just any articles are published. Upon receipt of an article submission, the journal sends a copy to experts in the fields covered by the article. These experts review the article and then send it back either with approval, disapproval or with suggestions. No article is published in a peer-reviewed journal unless experts in the field sign off on it. Keep that in mind as we discuss this article.
One of the first, refreshingly honest admissions of the article is that the earth as described by evolutionary dogma would have been inhospitable to life. “The conditions that would most likely to have prevailed near the impact-riddled Earth’s surface 4.1–4.23 billion years ago were too hot even for simple organic molecules to survive let alone evolve into living complexity.” Other evolutionists undoubtedly will howl with dismay at this claim, but it is scientifically correct. However, the article’s authors draw the wrong conclusions from this idea. Instead, they conclude that life must have been formed in outer space.
The authors make it clear that they are not rejecting evolution at all, despite some of their reviewers’ thoughts to the contrary. “We actually consider that certain mechanistic aspects of neo-Darwinian and Population Genetic thinking is invaluable in biomedical research and clinical medicine…” The authors then cite some examples which have little to do with evolution at all. However, shortly thereafter, they make an incredibly honest admission about the question of origins “Yet we recognize that the whole topic of ‘evolutionary mechanisms’ is, like political beliefs, both fraught and is a heated area of social and cultural discourse – certainly in all those areas lying outside of normal scientific investigation.” Essentially, the origin of life is outside the realm of science. The fact that this claim is being made in a peer-reviewed science journal is astounding.
The article then goes on to suggest that viruses were the first forms of life on earth. This is ironic considering scientists don’t even agree that viruses are alive. This is proposed for a number of reasons, one of which being their varying forms of replication. Viruses often can inhabit multiple hosts, and replicate in numerous ways. However, this claim is ludicrous because viruses require specified hosts to survive, or just hosts period. The article tries to end-run around this by claiming that life on earth and the cosmic evolution of viruses are somehow tied together. The lack of scientific evidence for that is only surpassed by the truly wild claim made later in the article.
As if the absurdity involved in viruses were not enough, these scientists take the bizarre to the next level by making the claim the octopus was sent to earth from outer space. “One plausible explanation, in our view, is that the new genes are likely new extraterrestrial imports to Earth – most plausibly as an already coherent group of functioning genes within (say) cryopreserved and matrix protected fertilized Octopus eggs.” That sentence reeks of the desperation born from knowing you’ve lost and can do nothing to prevent the defeat from being made public. To claim that octopus eggs magically fell out of the sky onto earth is like claiming that Pluto is secretly made of blue cheese. There is not a shred of scientific evidence to support either claim. Except evolutionists want us to believe that their claim is science.
Evolutionists mock creationists for requiring faith as part of their worldview. They somehow fail to see the glaring irony that some of their own are recognizing life could not begin on earth without a designer and thus are moving the problem off-world. This is intellectual and moral dishonesty and cowardice. They are afraid to face the prospect of a designer and refuse to admit the possibility they are wrong to the public. This “octopus from space” theory simply provides further proof of the absurdity of evolutionary dogma, and the lengths they will go to avoid having to face the reality of a Creator.