NewPath, on 03 Nov 2014 - 07:06 AM, wrote:
Christians claim a higher being created life on earth. You appear to reject this in favor of possible off-earth beings seeding the earth?
Could you explain why you would prefer one over the other from an empirical perspective.
FaithfulCenturion, on 03 Nov 2014 - 08:50 AM, wrote:
That's the very definition of punting. Instead of speculating on life's origins here, you simply say "it happened out there somewhere". This just pushes your origins problem further into space, and vastly reduces your time frame. As I said, if you believe an intelligent race seeded life here, then that intelligent race had to arise and evolve to the point of interstellar travel in a fraction of the time all life has arisen here. Am I in the ball park?
I don't posit any explanation for the origin of Earth's life. I did not write anything affirming that "it happened out there somewhere". I don't identify any preference.
Do I have a preference? I'll think about that.
I know that we don't know whether there is life off-Earth within our Solar System, with the most promising possibilities being the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.
We are entirely without knowledge of any life outside our Solar System, which is obvious.