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What is the theory of the extraterrestrial origin of life?

The theory of the extraterrestrial origin of life is not

a well-defined single theory. It is more of an adjunct
or an extension of the belief that since random
unguided biological evolution on earth is a fact,
certainly the same forces would have resulted in life
in other places in the universe. Extraterrestrial life is
never associated with the possibility that life
perhaps could have been created elsewhere if it
could be created on earth. If it could be verified
that life existed elsewhere in the universe, it would
be presented as proof of biological evolution.

This argument could not be farther from the truth. Although it is true that if life could
evolve on earth, it certainly could evolve other places if the conditions were right.
However, it is equally true that if life could be created on earth it could be created
elsewhere also. In fact, if the creative force was powerful enough to produce life, if
would be powerful enough to create the proper environment in which to place the
created life. The theory of the origin of extraterrestrial life only moves the evolution /
creation debate to a remote location.

Extraterrestrial life is currently a hypothetical notion. No scientific evidence of the

existence of extraterrestrial life has been widely accepted by scientists. One thing sited
as evidence of extraterrestrial life is UFO sightings. Although this is objective evidence
of possible extraterrestrial life forms, verifiably evidence has been elusive.

Scientists are directly searching for unicellular life within the solar system, carrying out
studies on the surface of Mars and examining meteors that have fallen to Earth. There
is some limited evidence that microbial life might possibly exist on Mars. An experiment
on the Viking Mars Lander reported gas emissions from heated Martian soil that some
argue are consistent with the presence of microbes. However, the lack of corroborating
evidence from other experiments on the Viking indicates that a non-biological reaction
is a more likely hypothesis. Independently, in 1996, structures resembling bacteria were
reportedly discovered in a meteorite known to be formed of rock ejected from Mars.
Again, this report is vigorously disputed.

Scientists are also searching indirectly for intelligent life through a SETI (Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project. It is theorized that a technological society in
space will be transmitting information. SETI uses radio telescopes to scan the sky for
evidence of such transmissions that would infer intelligent life. No evidence of
intelligent life has been identified to date.

Panspermia is a theory that suggests that the seeds of life are prevalent throughout the
Universe and life on Earth began by such seeds landing on Earth and propagating.
Currently, no evidence supports this theory. Again, even if seeds of life are prevalent
throughout the universe, that only raises the question of how did the seeds of life get
there? Again, this only removes the evolution /creation debate to a remote location.

In 1950 a scientist named Enrico Fermi made a seemingly innocuous lunchtime remark
that caught and held the attention of every SETI researcher since. He made the
statement that many sophisticated societies populate the Galaxy. But immediately,
Fermi realized that any civilization with a modest amount of rocket technology and
some incentive could rapidly colonize the entire Galaxy. Within ten million years, every
star system could be brought under the wing of the empire. This prompted Fermi to ask
the question, "where is everybody?" This is referred to as the Fermi Paradox.

The theory of the origins of extraterrestrial life, although incorrectly used to support
the theory of evolution, has not had any more evidence to support it than the theory of
evolution itself. It seems strange that science is willing to embrace the miraculous
formation of life through random unguided processes, but is unwilling to consider a
miraculous creation created by a designer! They are willing to embrace one religious
dogma while completely rejecting the only other possible alternative.