English II Honors
27, April 2014
The Human Genome
Since the beginning of human fascination with outer space, the question “Is there life on other planets?” has existed and has waited to be answered. Early astronomers looking to find life on other planets were brutally punished by the Catholic Church. For years, people saw these astronomers as heretics for going against the church and undesirable, but today there might be evidence that supports these astronomers. Today, we find that people are still split between believing in alien life or not. People devoted to a religion tend to disagree with the possibility of life anywhere but Earth as it goes against their beliefs. However, with the increase of realistic movies about aliens and very convincing theories, many young people are beginning to believe that life on other planets does not seem so radical after all. Each day, scientists find more and more predictive evidence that leads most of them to believe that there is life on other planets.
Some theorists that aliens have been around since the early civilizations were formed. These theorists have studied the history of early civilizations and have said to find historical and religious texts filled with ancient alien connections. Theorists have been said to be able to decipher ancient painting of aliens and their spaceships. According to the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens “Swiss author Erik Von Daniken put forth a hypothesis that, thousands of years ago, space travelers from other planets visited Earth, where they taught humans about technology and ancient religions.”(The History Channel). The pyramids of Egypt are so complex to build at the time with limited technology, that these theorists believe that the ancient aliens came down and helped the Egyptians build them. Theorists also believe that aliens went to places like Easter Island and built the statues, as well as other early civilizations in South America.
The early appearance of life on Earth suggests that there’s a good chance of spontaneous generation of life in suitable condition. As far as scientific research goes, scientists have been able to find some evidence that may lead to the finding of life in the future. First of all, let’s start with the elements needed for life. Scientists have been able to find that oxygen and carbon exist on other planets. Scientists have found a planet that they believe is like Earth but bigger and with extreme weather conditions. “Researcher form the University of Chicago and Northwestern University assume that there are around sixty million potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way”(Arnold). Water is a key component in order for the sustainability of life. According to NBC News, In our solar system alone, scientists have detected water on Mars and on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Not to mention that life tends to survive in the worst conditions, as life survives in the deep depths of the dark ocean. There is possibility that...