Irrational Rationality

Mysterious object spotted in Space. Could be Sign of alien origin?

A mysterious large object that has come from a different star system is to be examined by one of the world’s biggest telescopes for signs of alien technology…The Green Bank telescope will examine a mysterious object speeding through our solar system to check for signs of alien signals. The observation begins Wednesday and will be carried out by Breakthrough Listen, a global astronomical program searching for evidence of other civilizations” (RT News, 12 December, 2017, emphasis mine).


…But, how are “signs” of alien signals detected? 

We would like to check if it has any sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions,” explained Professor Avi Loeb of Harvard University to the Guardian. So, the idea is to look for something, a signal, that would indicate an intelligent source. Clearly, this method can only be used when there is an awareness that patterns of certain things exhibit intelligent design. Now that sounds all rational but until we get to DNA!

Is it not strange that we can invest millions and millions of dollars into a project that searches for signals whose design denotes an intelligent source but all the while  ignoring the fact that DNA is an information processing unit whose operation is exactly how software code works. Has our rationality become so irrational? Wont it be easier and far cheaper to first establish who designed the DNA for it to work the way it does? Is there some extraterresrial being somwhere in space who designed it? Again, Science seems to be making good progress on this question. Here is another news item that made headlines this week: “The prehistoric origins of life on Earth may have begun in space, a new study published in the Journal of Chemical Physics suggests. Researchers at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada  created a simulated space environment …The research opens the possibility that our origins are extraterrestrial. The first life on Earth began around 4 billion years ago, but this finding suggests the building blocks needed for this to happen may have come from space, strengthening the theory that life may have begun outside our planet” (RT News, 12 December, 2017, emphasis mine).

Yes, life did begin outside our planet. To take new focus of research, from small Earth to the immensely vast space, I dont know how long the next project would take the scientists to establish the exact place from where life came. However, I believe in the record of Saint John when he said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life” (John 1:1-4).

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