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The Aliens Are Coming! (. . . And Within 20 Years)

Actually aliens may not be coming here but scientists believe we will probably meet them within the next two decades. At a recent hearing at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in Washington D.C., two prominent SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists, Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak, stated that the possibility of coming into contact with aliens on other planets is nearly inevitable and that it could happen within twenty years.

The hearing was held specifically to “review the current state of the science related to the search for life in the universe.” Werthimer, who is the director of the University of California at Berkeley’s new SETI Research Center, reported that the Kepler mission has shown that just the Milky Way Galaxy itself includes a trillion planets.

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Alien / Image: BigThink

He noted: “Billions of these planets are Earth sized and in the ‘habitable’ or so called ‘Goldilocks’ zone – not too distant from their host star, and not too close to their star. And there are billions of other galaxies outside our Milky Way galaxy – plenty of places where life could emerge and evolve,” he told the lawmakers.

Mars is not the only planet being eyeballed for potential aliens and life forms. Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said: “At least a half-dozen other worlds that might have life are in our solar system. The chances of finding it, I think, are good, and if that happens, it’ll happen in the next 20 years, depending on the financing.”

Werthimer, Shostak and the SETI set have begun a project named “Eavesdropping SETI,” where they track spacecraft and monitor intercepted signals between any “two planets in a distant system whenever they are aligned with Earth.”

Werthimer concluded: “It would be bizarre if we were alone. The universe is likely to be teeming with primitive life. The chances of finding it I think are good, and if that happens it will happen in the next 20 years depending on the financing.”

The Aliens Are Coming!  (. . . And Within 20 Years)

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • MarkML

    Nonsense.

    • http://writingfourmylife.com/blog Paul68

      Agreed. It’ll have a significant impact on our social paradigms, but for the most part things will continue on as before. Religion for example is all about maintaining belief in the absence of proof and rationalizing that belief in the face of contradicting evidence, hence why it is called “faith”.

      • guest1xprq11

        pretty much the same as drinking the kool-aid from political parties

      • MarkML

        You have no clue what you’re talking about, Paul. Go study, please.

        • Logo & Shibboleth

          Actually Paul nailed it quite well. Today you see this not only in religions, but political affiliations and social activism “maintaining belief in the absence of proof and rationalizing that belief in the face of contradicting evidence”

        • Jesse German

          Go study what? You’ve got some proof that there’s a god? Please share it with the world.

          • Jesse German

            Stand by, this guys getting ready to kick the crap out of Darwinism.

          • MarkML

            Q.E.D.

        • http://writingfourmylife.com/blog Paul68

          I have more than a clue. I have the ability to practice critical thinking and rational thought.:)

          • MarkML

            Yeah… sure.

  • Phantastic

    If this actually happens, it will set religion, as we know it, on its ear. The TRUE gods will be unmasked. The rich and powerful will lose their method to control the masses. This world would be in chaos.

    • Raisin212k

      I still would not believe in “Gods”. It would be unreasonable to put something so alien as an… alien… on such a pedestal without knowing ANYTHING about them. And you don’t seem to understand the flexibility of religion throughout history. They survived Galileo and Coppernicus’s assertions that the Earth was not, as biblically stated, the center of the universe. They survived Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution–look up Theistic Evolution–and I have no doubt they would prescribe the term Angels, Demons, Nephilim, Gog, Magog, or whatever to intelligent aliens if they exist.

      • Phantastic

        Your probably right. Most people look for other entities to explain the course of their lives. It’s just that the rich and powerful know how to exploit that weakness for their own gains.

    • Matt Piney

      I actually believe it would have a uniting effect on humans in general. It would perhaps cause instability with those in power.

      The problem is there wouldn’t be any immediate back and forth communication with alien cultures. We might pick up a signal, but that signal would have been sent hundreds or thousands of years ago and it would take an equally long time to return a signal.

      • Aaron King

        well, it probably wont be a signal in the sense of a deliberate action anyway. most likely we will detect metabolic products using remote spectrography.

        so, no real communication, just an indication that something is out there metabolizing.

        but, if we know that, then we can start working out ways to understand more about the nature of this life form, and start using our sensors to look for deliberate communications.

    • Aaron King

      “true gods” sounds a little silly, but yeah, i would hope this would put the nail in the coffin to forever shut down the religious nonsense that has plagued our planet for 1000’s of years.

      • Frak Please

        and no scientist has ever said nonsense. how is that turning lead in gold going for you?

        • Aaron King

          go ahead and try to find a scientist who says he can turn lead into gold, then come back and talk to me.

          fool.

        • Aaron King

          if you cant see the complete lack of any relationship between your statement and mine, then i am not sure the point of talking to you.

          science has not given us genocide, or world war, or crusades, or jihads. religion is the source of most of the worlds conflicts.

          when a scientist makes a claim that is later invalidated, he simply takes that new information into account in his further investigations. that is in stark contrast to religious nuts, who simply harden their beliefs in the face of contrary evidence.

          go ahead, prove me wrong.

    • Frak Please

      another crap pot shot. war of the worlds, every religious person lost their minds, right brainiac?

      • Nottheusual1

        You’re sure they had minds to begin with, groiniac?

        • Frak Please

          i see you missed the simple logic train.
          look up the war of the worlds, lazy betty.
          get back to me when you have something intelligent to say.

    • Doug Yearight

      Or you will have a confirmation of the one true God. The truth is more important than what you want to believe or are afraid to believe.

      • JonaD

        God hates proof, so anyone seeking it will go to hell. Pure faith is the only way to go… not that I give a flipping ditt about the whole deal.

        Yup, ‘proof’ is idolatry.

    • JonaD

      Religion cannot be set on its ear, it’s the result of irrationality amongst our specie… part of the way we are wired. It’s almost a miracle when someone isn’t a ‘believer’ in some metaphysical hodgepodge. hehe I said ‘miracle’.

  • teddyspaghetti

    Catchy title to snag clicks.

  • Nottheusual1

    @#$% Obamacare ……

    • Aaron King

      why?

      cant stand the idea of America saving billions of dollars every year on health care?

      • Nottheusual1

        Sorry — I forgot to throw the sarcasm flag. Didn’t figure anyone would miss how the comment was so ludicrous,

        You fooled a bunch of us! Geeeez ……

        • Frak Please

          sorry, thought you were a dem.
          hard to see sarcasm, without looking at someone.
          type is oh so…bland.

        • Aaron King

          Oh! thats funny. no, you did fine, i am really bad with sarcasm :)

          notice Frak Please still doesnt get it.

      • Frak Please

        can’t stop lying?

        • Nottheusual1

          Change the channel before your head implodes from the vacuum.

          • Frak Please

            get a job loser, your insult skills won’t pay any bills.

          • Nottheusual1

            Already pwned your sad old arse.

          • Frak Please

            in what mind? that space between your ears?
            you got nothing!

          • Nottheusual1

            You log off and like your own posts. BWAHAHAHA!!

    • Frak Please

      only a nut bar from blamerland would make such a comment on an article like this.
      cuckoo! cuckoo! cuckoo!

      • Nottheusual1

        Another maroon without a sarcasm sensor. Here, let me hold your rock up ….. there you go.

        • Frak Please

          another demwit dolt posting drivel…and you would have to take one hand of your privates to pick up a rock.

  • phil box

    i wonder how many tax dollars, in the form of grants, this nonsense cost.

    • Aaron King

      how is this nonsense? is it because it conflicts with your religion?

      stop being such a putz. the universe is BIG. its nothing short of the grossest stupidity to pretend it is not. We need to know what is happening out there as soon as possible.

      Imagine if the native Americans had thought to send explorers out into the Atlantic and try to find out what was out there. If they had warning there was a whole other side of the world that was far advanced in technology, they might have been able to prevent the slaughter of 99% of their population.

      • stefan

        >”able to prevent the slaughter of 99% of their population.”

        It’s really not a good option for USA; or it would be really bad for mammals once dino could divert asteroid… besides it was not a slaughter it was a natural selection;
        anyway, it is the same as to advise microbe to do some research of human to prevent from be killed by antibiotics… total waste of tax money… plenty evidences around that aliens are so more advanced as it makes no sense and no way to communicate with them…

        • Aaron King

          your dinosaur analogy is pointless, in your scenario, we are the dinosaurs, not the mammals. did you even read your own post? are you going to tell me we should not learn to avert asteroid impacts?

          anyway, your argument seems to be that since we dont know whats out there we’d best pretend it doesn’t exist. that is the dumbest failure of logic i have ever heard.

          also, natural selection is not the process of humans killing other humans to take their lands.

          not a waste. just because alien species may be more advanced than us does not mean we cannot protect ourselves. it might be as simple as working out how to communicate with them so they dont think we are just unthinking lifeforms they can ignore. information is power.

          sticking our heads in the sand is stupid.

          • stefan

            protect from what, it is really an enormous arrogance to think they have any interest in humanity or in our resources; they are able to create any reality they want; I guess the problem they face is to choose what they want… any ET with level of development low enough to make a contact with human sensible is extremely unlikely…

          • Aaron King

            No. There’s nobody saying we need to start bombing, but it is foolish not to try to be aware of the existence of other life forms, intelligent or not.

            Are you arguing against looking for evidence, or what do you think your alternative is?

            We know that habitable planets are somewhat rare, so it would seem reasonable to think that any civilization with similar biology to ours would in fact be very interested in our resources.

            and its not arrogant at all to think that they might be interested in us. are we not interested in them?

            What makes you think they are all-powerful? You sound like a religious nut.

            We are already sending instruments throughout our own solar system, and we have only been aware of the nature of gravity for a couple hundred years.

            Its not going to be thousands of years before we can send instruments over interstellar distances. Its going to be dozens or maybe hundreds. Humanity wont be so advanced that those people would have no basis for communication with humanity now. There is no reason to think that alien civilizations would be so far beyond us that we cant communicate.

          • JonaD

            Not bombing… eating, we must be ready to fry up whatever we find, as it is a truth on Earth, that THAT which is higher on the food chain, wins. We must establish dominance from the get go… “Take me to your leader”… “sure pal, step into this boiling pot of water… yummm!”

          • stefan

            such huge IQ distance within the same species, do the math genius…

          • stefan

            >We know that habitable planets are somewhat rare,

            Well, how rare the planets with conditions similar to Earth we do not know that for sure yet, it’s pure speculation at this point that it is rare; my bet, it is not rare at least 1 planet per couple stars of 0.3…1.5 of sun mass has had a planet through its history suitable for development life form we recognize as such. Our solar system has at least three planets through its history suitable for life Earth (so far suitable), Mars (may be still suitable), Venus (not suitable on the surface but upper clouds could be) BUT, it is irrelevant , it is enormous arrogance to think that there is only one way of self-organization via evolution to some form of life and eventually to sentient beings… the exponential nature of evolution makes the time window when one level may communicate with another smaller and smaller; thus, the higher you on the evolution ladder the less likely you may meet ET which is a neighbor on the evolution ladder, plenty to contact with who is below but increasingly less likely who is higher… Infusoria would have difficulty to comprehend that you are trying to communicate with it ;o)

      • richard_head

        So they left the 1%’er Lizzie Warren? Damn the bad luck.

      • phil box

        what is you plan when “they” arrive? put them on the dole along with everyone else. you logic seems to lack a foundation. bow and arrows were never a match for the most primitive of firearms. if aliens land on earth that would say their technology is more advanced that our bow and arrow space program wouldn’t you say. now what?
        the point you missed was how much of my tax dollars were squandered on non provable studies like this. wouldn’t this money been better spent on finding an cure for cancer?

  • jgelling

    Given the vast vast inconceivable size of the universe, of course it’s probably inevitable.

    I can’t think of any reason to believe that it should happen within the next 20 years, however.

    As far as we know, there are only about 150 stars within 20 light-years of Earth. It’s unlikely any of them hold life or even if they did, the technology to communicate with us.

    • Warren

      The 20 years bit in context was talking about finding life in our galaxy. He mentioned that besides mars there are at least another half dozen possible locations of life. They’re not talking about intelligent life within that period.

      • quark1

        It is one of the ‘interesting’ things about math. For all practical purposes, an infinitesimally small chance of anything multiplied times infinity is so close to the odds being 1:1 that we can say it is not only possible, but probably – almost guaranteed. Of course that means that in addition to the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe, the odds are pretty much the same (using the infinity trick) that the life takes the form of a one-eyed-one-horned flying purple people eater…. so…. yea … 20 years… hmmmm….

        • Aaron King

          nope.

          thats not it.

          This prediction was based on the rate at which we can scan planets, the rate of increase of our technology to do so, and the probable density of earthlike planets in habitable zones (based on what we have seen so far), the rate of development of organic chemicals from simpler forms (on earth and in some nebulae), the rate of development of living organisms from organic compounds (here), and the probabilities of impacts with comets and other interstellar objects with complex organic chemicals.

          • JonaD

            Your hypothetical best guess, is spectacularly based, on your meager understanding of how organic compounds are manufactured here on Earth… everything else is wishful thinking. Again I ask, do you think the hydrocarbons we are observing in pockets and scattered across interstellar space is caused by life?

    • Aaron King

      they dont even have to be multi-cellular, let alone have radios. all they have to do is metabolize. any life that exists out there has been metabolizing for a lot longer than 20 years, most probably, so the travel time for light to reach us is irrelevant. metabolic processes produce compounds that cannot be made any other way, and which we can detect with sensitive instruments designed to read absorption spectra. this is how we look for life.

      • JonaD

        Note to Aaron: “Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak, stated that the possibility of coming into contact with aliens on other planets is nearly inevitable and that it could happen within twenty years.”

        Pay attention.

  • Barbara M

    Well, damn…I gotta wait another 20 years to catch a ride off this rock??

  • Vitaly Tomilov

    Yes, it totally depends on financing: Give me 1 million, I will find you an alien in 5 mins 😉

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Wind/100002474174872 Michael Wind

      a russian alien

  • guest1xprq11

    I’ll be dead by then can they speed it up a bit? I need to visit one of the V health centers.

  • bcmcknight77

    “depending on the financing.”

    Clearly, this is a game to get the most funding possible. In reality, I’d say not all that likely. Let’s get a ship that moves beyond our solar system before we start this “within two decades” nonsense.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    I was assume most advanced civilizations would have moved beyond radio waves (even now, we can see that tv is starting to be broadcast through the internet). Given the distances involved between star systems, the most likely communication will involve quantum mechanics and paired quantum particles that can “transmit” changes across infinite distances instantaneously (I believe it is also known as “spooky interactions”). Big satellite dishes may pick up the communication of long dead civilizations that used radio waves for a 100-200 year period millions of years ago, but if you want to chat with a live civilization, learn how to communicate via quantum mechanics (it will also revolutionize communication). Also, not advisable to communicate with an advanced civilization as we know how that has turned out historically here on Earth.

    • abcdefgqwerty

      How would a quantum particle transmit changes instantly? Nothing can go faster than the speed of light so its not going to be instant.

      • Rhojan77

        Theoretically. entangled particles change instantly regardless of the distance between them, at speeds faster than light. Split a proton into 2 parts and they are entangled. Move them hundreds of miles away from each other (or even more). What happens to one instantly alters the other. The estimated speed of this exchange is at least 10,000 times the speed of light, or instantly. We know only a small fraction of 1% of what there is to know.

    • JonaD

      A really advanced intelligent life form, ONLY communicates with ‘radio waves’, acoustics of a sort would only be used like our specie uses scents.

  • quark1

    If we’re going to meet aliens, I guess we gotta go find them. If they’ve already been here – they found no sign of intelligent life and left.

  • badforu

    why didnt they contact you all the past 6 decades or so. What will make the next 20 so much different?

    More pipe dreams.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Wind/100002474174872 Michael Wind

      big variety of pipes.

      • JonaD

        Big hanging brass pipes.

    • Aaron King

      wow. where did you read that anyone thinks aliens are going to contact us?

      pay attention.

      • JonaD

        “Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak, stated that the possibility of coming into contact with aliens on other planets is nearly inevitable and that it could happen within twenty years.”

        Are you pathetically assuming it will be us who contacts them? SETI is a listening organization, get a clue.

  • Cornelius

    Thanks for lying in the headline and then contradicting yourself in the next sentence as if you were joking.

    • Frak Please

      you new to journalism? little wet behind the ears, nancy?

      • Cornelius

        Nope, read both sentences before I came here. Just felt like expressing it on the off chance they read it. Thanks anyway jennifer.

    • Will Phoenix

      I’m sorry you didn’t approve of the “novelty lead”. On the other hand, if we are going to meet them in 20 years who knows? Thanks for reading my stuff at any rate.

  • JonaD

    This proves that the people at SETI are utterly INSANE! They have ZERO proof of ANY exo-biology that we could ‘MEET’ and yet hypothesize we will meet alien life on some planet within 20 years?? OMG!

    So… let’s say one of these ‘goldilocks’ planets is 30 light years away, which is probably far too close, but let’s just say… at our maximum! speed of travel, it would take us 558,000 years to get there… so, how is 20 years possible then?? YEAH RIGHT!! Funding funding funding…

    • Aaron King

      a failure of basic reading comprehension, coupled with a fundamental lack of knowledge.

      nobody said anything about going to another planet. in the real world, we have sensors scanning the sky for evidence of life. when living organisms metabolize, they give off gases that have unmistakable signatures when backlit by starlight. this has been proven. in fact, this is how we identify chemical constituents in any sample, by looking at the absorption spectra.

      • JonaD

        Hardly, and believe me, insults will do nothing here but make you seem silly and overtly strict.

        BS, there is no way to determine complex biological causality from spectroscopic observations made across vast stellar distances of alien environments… that’s a lie. Here on Earth, we assume that high levels of fundamental compounds means, certain biological processes are occurring, but ONLY because we are on Earth. Stellar lit spectrographic data sets, could easily! be caused by OTHER processes we don’t even have a clue about, manufacturing methane or excessive carbon dioxide or other trace compounds. So it has NOT been proven. It is wishful thinking. As an example, do you think the vast pools of hydrocarbons we are observing in pockets between star systems are caused by life forms? Hell no.

  • http://batman-news.com james w barnard

    )\// Live long and prosper!

  • sejn

    They have been here for quite some time, which makes ill-informed skeptics laugh, but to get at the truth, one merely needs to exam the large amount of scientific evidence, which skeptics always ignore.

    • Aaron King

      lol

  • Doug Yearight

    The angels will gather the elect from one end of the heavens to the other. Consider that those in spiritual Heaven are already “elected” so heaven in this context should mean heaven as referred to in the Bible when considering the stars. Consider also the bountiful nature of God that places life even in the darkest deepest depths of the sea where men would have thought life could not exist.

    • Aaron King

      hopefully, if/when we do encounter intelligent aliens, they will forgive us for letting nonsense like this infect our population.

      religion is a plague, and education is the cure.

      • JonaD

        So you are saying you can educate someone away from mental illness?… sorry pal, it’s been tried.

        • Aaron King

          educated children of religious nuts are less likely than uneducated children of religious nuts to be come religious nuts themselves.

          • JonaD

            You are NOT actually correlating mental illness with education, even though you think you are.

  • abcdefgqwerty

    There is no way we are alone I agree there, but finding life in 20 years? Sounds like a completely baseless guess to me.

    • Aaron King

      it must be amazing to live in a world where the LACK of knowledge allows you to have opinions on things…

      This prediction was based on the rate at which we can scan planets, the rate of increase of our technology to do so, and the probable density of earthlike planets in habitable zones (based on what we have seen so far), the rate of development of organic chemicals from simpler forms (on earth and in some nebulae), the rate of development of living organisms from organic compounds (here), and the probabilities of impacts with comets and other interstellar objects with complex organic chemicals.

      These are all empirically derived quantities for which we have means and confidence intervals.

      • JonaD

        No result is possible that doesn’t have at it’s base, a cautioned reality. The ENTIRE notion that life can occur ANYWHERE is a hypothesis, the ENTIRE notion that life then can exist within any distance where we might reach is far less of a hypothesis, and the notion that we would spend two nickels even trying to get to some far off planet to meet up with anything with any probability of even being there, much less will it be good for us… is so far less than hypothetical as to teeter on the edge of ludicrous!

        • Aaron King

          stop talking. go read the article. read again a few times. then, when you realize that your entire conception of what it says was wrong, continue to not talk.

          • JonaD

            “Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak, stated that the possibility of coming into contact with aliens on other planets is nearly inevitable and that it could happen within twenty years.”

            Coming into contact is not equal to sensing from a distance.

        • Aaron King

          “less of a hypothesis” is not a meaningful phrase.

          we have an empirical basis for these estimates, we have a moral and philosophical obligation to pursue knowledge, we have unprecedented resources at our disposal, we have decades of evidence that the pursuit of this knowledge pays off in technologies and inspiration we could have gotten in no other way.

          its stupid not to pursue this.

          • JonaD

            We do NOT have an empirical basis for those estimates you are hypothesizing. All verified data so far, was taken by Earth based sensors (or low orbit), of Earth processes.

            We do not have either a moral or philosophical obligation to pursue knowledge.

            We do not have unprecedented resources AVAILABLE for these kinds of blue skies projects you and SETI want to do.

            There is no realistic evidence of any knowledge that will ‘pay off’ in technologies.

            True scientists like myself are inspired by actual needs. And those of us who look to the stars, have found a way for someone to pay for their wishful thinking.

      • abcdefgqwerty

        Okay, but I still think that guess will be wrong. I also did not see some of those things mentioned anywhere in this article like this you mentioned below. They probably took those into account, but its not mentioned anywhere here how they came up with 20 years. Its our best guess, but I still think it will be wrong because so much cant be accounted for in that

        “the rate of development of living organisms from organic compounds (here)”

  • http://StacyYoungArt.com/ Stacy Young

    SETI people like their job security. The unscientific speculation of finding alien life within 20 years buys their organization more time.

  • JonaD

    My suggestion is… au gratin on a bed of lettuce with a side of asparagus… yes, the very first moment we meet an alien, we need to EAT IT, just so they know what the pecking order is on the food chain. Heed me!

  • JonaD

    The part of the Drake Equation that most people do not understand is, UNTIL at least one intelligent life form is met, until that very moment, the denominator for that equation, is ZERO. Once we start meeting intelligent life forms then the denominator is one, and the statistical probability becomes a positive expression.

    • http://writingfourmylife.com/blog Paul68

      We HAVE proof of that intelligent lifeform, it is us.

  • Will Phoenix

    Wow! Thanks for all your comments, guys! The subject is surely interesting whether you think the “20 years” was brought out to get fund. or not. I guess w will all know for sure in 20 years. THANKS for reading my stuff, guys!

  • Lion

    ALIENS reading my thoughts
    ALIENS in the government
    ALIENS in outer space
    ALIENS in my food
    ALIENS eating dirt
    ALIENS killing everybody
    ALIENS r@ping everybody
    ALIENS stealing our $hit

    ALIENS!

  • Will Phoenix

    Hi guys! I really like to thank everyone personally but this time things are already out of my control lol! Thanks for reading my stuff and thanks for your comments! Oh and teddy I was originally going for a Paul Revere kind of thing but the software said it was too long so i just settled for the one you see. I have no CLUE about clicks! Honest! I wrote my first news-stories on a typewriter. I think the boss just hired me because Lou grant isn’t real. (You might have to Google depending on your age-lol) Thanks everyone!

  • bgrnathan

    CATCH-22 FOR EVOLUTIONARY ORIGIN OF LIFE

    Just having the right conditions to support life doesn’t mean life can come into existence from non-life spontaneously or by chance.

    What many don’t realize is that although oxygen is necessary for life’s processes, the presence of oxygen would prevent life from coming into being. This is because oxygen is destructive unless there are mechanisms already in place to control, direct, and regulate it such as what we find in already existing forms of life.

    Evolutionists must assume that the early earth had no oxygen. But, then that would mean there was no ozone layer in the atmosphere to protect from harmful radiation that would destroy life or even any budding form of life. Ozone is made-up of oxygen. It’s a Catch-22 situation for evolutionists. In fact, there are numerous Catch-22 situations for evolutionists when it comes to the origin of life issue. The latest scientific evidence from geology shows that there, indeed, was oxygen in the earth’s earliest atmosphere.

    Miller, in his famous experiment in 1953 (and he made sure not use oxygen), showed that individual amino acids (the building blocks of life) could come into existence by chance. But, it’s not enough just to have amino acids. The various amino acids that make-up life must link together in a precise sequence, just like the letters in a sentence, to form functioning protein molecules. If they’re not in the right sequence the protein molecules won’t work. It has never been shown that various amino acids can bind together into a sequence by chance to form protein molecules. Even the simplest cell is made up of many millions of various protein molecules.

    The probability of just an average size protein molecule arising by chance is 10 to the 65th power. Mathematicians have said any event in the universe with odds of 10 to 50th power or greater is impossible! The late great British scientist Sir Frederick Hoyle calculated that the the odds of even the simplest cell coming into existence by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power! How large is this? Consider that the total number of atoms in our universe is 10 to the 82 power.

    The cell could not have gradually evolved. A partially evolved cell would quickly disintegrate under the effects of random forces of the environment, especially without the protection of a complete and fully functioning cell membrane. A partially evolved cell cannot wait millions of years for chance to make it complete and living! In fact, it couldn’t have even reached the partially evolved state.

    Of course, once there is a complete and living cell then the code and mechanisms exist to direct the formation of more cells. The problem for evolutionists is how did the cell originate when there were no directing code and mechanisms in nature. Natural laws may explain how a cell or airplane works but mere undirected natural laws could not have brought about the existence of either.

    What about natural selection? Natural selection doesn’t create or produce anything. It can only “select” from what is produced that has survival value. Natural selection can only “select” from variations that are possible. If a variation occurs that helps a species survive, that survival is called ” natural selection.” It’s a passive process. There’s no conscious selection by nature, and natural selection only operates in nature once there is life and reproduction and not before, so it would not be of assistance to the origin of life.

    Science can’t prove we’re here by chance or design. Neither was observed. Both are positions of faith. The issue is which faith is best supported by science. Let the scientific arguments of both sides be presented.

    Read my popular Internet articles: SCIENCE AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE, ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH

    Visit my Internet site: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION

    Babu G. Ranganathan*
    (B.A. Bible/Biology)

    Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS

    *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I’ve been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East” for my writings on religion and science.

  • Will Phoenix

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