I was reading an article from The New York Times the other day about the upcoming movie Prometheus. Unfortunately, I can’t say it looks like anything special. One of those Neat, but it’s been done before movies. But something toward the end got me thinking, which I appreciate, and I wanted to share that here:
In news conferences and in conversation Mr. Scott has evinced sympathy for the notion — popular in some circles, including the Vatican — that it is almost “mathematically impossible” for life on Earth to have gotten to where it is today without help.
“It is so enormously irrational that we can do this,” he went on, referring to our conversation — “two specs of atoms on a carbon ball.”
“Who pushed it along?” he asked. Have we been previsited by gods or aliens? “The fact that they’d be at least a billion years ahead of us in technology is daunting, and one might use the word God or gods or engineers of life in space.”
What I don’t understand is: if everyone is so confident that our world could have never gotten started without help, why is it acceptable that the species that might have given us a little nudge probably got themselves going as well, and developed themselves well enough to come and influence us? If it’s ‘mathematically impossible’ for one species, being ours, why is it more sensible that there are two species? one advanced enough to find, travel to, and help the other? To me, it doesn’t quite follow. Do any of you have something to add that might change my mind? Or does this seem strange to you, too?