Is it possible that life here began out there? The Panspermia hypothesis suggests that it did:
Panspermia (from Ancient Greek πᾶν (pan), meaning ‘all’, and σπέρμα (sperma), meaning ‘seed’) is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, and also by spacecraft in the form of unintended contamination by microorganisms.
But what if it wasn’t ALL life? What if just some life on Earth came from elsewhere?
A controversial study has a new spin on the otherworldliness of the octopus
The genetic divergence of Octopus from its ancestral coleoid sub-class is very great … Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.
It is plausible then to suggest they [octopuses] seem to be borrowed from a far distant ‘future’ in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large.
This line of thinking implies that panspermia is true and that perhaps the octopus is a later “deposit” on the Earth. That would also help account for this:
7 Reasons Why Humans May Not Have Come From Earth
1. We look so different
2. We’re too advanced
3. We can’t sleep
4. We don’t like it here
5. Rapid Overpopulation
6. A Prison Planet
7. So where did we come from?
We live in increasingly weird times. Will we one day accept that life on this planet started elsewhere? Maybe. Either way, we will almost certainly accept as fact ideas even stranger than that.
Eternity Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License | http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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