The theory is called “directed panspermia.” It was first proposed by Nobel Prize winning evolutionary
scientist Francis Crick in a 1973 paper he co-authored with biochemist Leslie Orgel. Basically, these two say that man didn’t come from apes (well not entirely); mankind came from space aliens!
The question is, why did these top scientists reject the gradualism of neo-Darwinism in favor of a theory that sounds, well, silly?
Crick was a thorough, dedicated scientist and mathematician who was, with James Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the DNA molecule. Crick, though, realized that the DNA molecule was too perfect to have arisen by chance. Even given the eons of time postulated by the big bang theory of the origin of the universe, the complexity of a single cell makes its appearance by chance combinations of inert chemicals and proteins utterly impossible.
Thirty years after his discovery of DNA Crick wrote this about the most plausible explanation of the spontaneous generation of DNA from RNA: “What is so frustrating for our present purpose is that it seems almost impossible to give any numerical value to the probability of what seems a rather unlikely (my emphasis) sequence of events.”
If gradualism, one of the theoretical elements of evolutionary change in the reconstructed Darwinism of the 1960’s, is inadequate in explaining the origin of life, then another force, besides undirected materialistic ones, must be in play throughout the history of life on earth. If there is another, non-materialistic, force involved in the history of life, the Darwin theory is incomplete, and, therefore, inadequate. But wait! What if there were aliens who seeded earth with life? This theory solves the origin of life issue and accounts for the missing non-materialistic force that would, otherwise, render neo-Darwinism utterly incoherent.
Likewise, Leslie Orgel, the co-author of the theory of “directed panspermia” and a pioneer in the study of RNA as the evolutionary precursor to DNA, was also not satisfied with any contemporary theory of life’s origin. Orgel’s last comment on the subject was that “almost everything else about the origin of life (except a timeline) remains obscure.” For Orgel and Crick, space aliens were as likely an explanation for life on earth as the reconstructed Darwin theory of the 1960’s that we teach our kids.
Essentially, in supposing extra-terrestrial sources for human life, Crick and Orgel threw in the towel on Darwinism and the neo-Darwinism of the 1960’s. In other words, for those who care little for scientific jargon, over thirty years ago, two top scientists, Crick and Orgel blew off the scientific theories of cellular origin found in virtually every high school textbook word-wide. If you haven’t been in school for a while, see this very same debunked theory is proudly spun on page 31 of this international biology textbook.
While there are a number of “fringe” groups that bring this inconvenient truth up before the public once in a while, for the most part all of this breaking news three decades later!
Even more amazingly, guess what the buried lead is? Sure, Crick and Orgel decided that space aliens provided a more likely scenario for the origin of cellular life than our kids’ evolution-based science curricula, but the real headline is that, in contrast to the random selection involved in the Darwin theory, these two top scientists chose Intelligent Design as the best possible explanation for life on earth. Here is the abstract from Crick and Orgel’s original paper:
“It now seems unlikely that extraterrestrial living organisms could have reached the earth either as spores driven by the radiation pressure from another star or as living organisms embedded in a meteorite. As an alternative to these nineteenth-century mechanisms, we have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately (my emphasis) transmitted to the earth by intelligent beings (my emphasis) on another planet…”
That’s correct. The intelligent designer these top scientists postulate isn’t God… No… no…. it’s space aliens… But the buried lead is that these scientists endorsed an intelligent design theory for the development of life on earth over thirty years ago, and no one has said a word. Instead, scientists have been fired and or vilified for proposing such a scandalous notion. Courts have broken their gavels decrying any curriculum that even suggests an intelligent designer for life.
In the end, no one makes fun of the audacity of suggesting that space aliens designed life on earth as opposed to the traditional world wide belief in a Creator. That’s because modern Western culture prefers to believe in space aliens than in an Omnipotent Creator.
It hasn’t always been this way. Western culture for victorious generation after victorious generation with scientists as bold as Francis Bacon, as ingenious as Gregor Mendel, and as magnificent as Sir Isaac Newton, accepted and extolled a munificent Creator. The West has become a tragically perfect illustration of that which was written: “professing themselves to be wise they became fools.” Today, from the Hubble telescope to the electron microscope, we can see the wonders of creation as no other people ever dreamt and what do we choose to believe in? Space aliens.