Scientists are acting irrationally and running around like a bunch of frightened rabbits,” Wickramasinghe said.
If Richard Hoover’s results were presented out of the blue one can understand the intensity of scepticism that has been generated. One might even suspect a Piltdown-type forgery thereby impugning Hoover’s scientific integrity. But Hoover’s work does not exist in isolation.
The theory of cometary panspermia, proposed over 30 years ago by Chandra Wickramasinghe and Fred Hoyle argued that the Earth was seeded with life by comets. This theory which was originally considered heresy is swiftly gaining mainstream attention. A vast body of evidence supporting the ideas of cometary panspermia has recently been analysed in two papers published in the peer-reviewed Cambridge University journal, the International Journal of Astrobiology Wickramasinghe said.
He further pointed out that the earliest claims that microbial fossils exist in meteorites go back to the 1960’s in publications by Harold Urey and Bartholamew Nagy. These claims were called to question after contamination by ragweed pollen was found in some cases, and the matter was dropped by scientists for two decades. The problem of contamination was successfully solved in the 1980’s in the work of Hans D. Pflug. Pflug was in Wickramasinghe’s view the pioneer of microfossil detections in a meteorite. Hoover’s recent work extends Pflug’s work considerably, and is even more secure in regard to freedom from contamination, Wickramasinghe said.
“It is thus futile in my view for establishment scientists dismiss his results so rudely as they have done,” Wickramasinghe said.
He added,”Studies of stratospheric dust from comets that I have carried out in collaboration with Professor Milton Wainwright showed the presence not only of microbial fossil structures, but also startling evidence for living bacteria. Although our work was published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, critics still argue that the viable microbes must by definition be Earthly contaminants. Alien life entering Earth -dead or alive- decreed to be a taboo subject. By the same token Gil Levin’s positive detection of microbial life on Mars appears to be taboo, and has been denied to the present day.”
“I think the recent work of Hoover confirms the earlier results of Hans Pflug in the 1980’s. This is why I did not hesitate to recommend the publication of his paper in JOC. Critics who have shamelessly hurled insults at Hoover and the Journal of Cosmology are reacting stupidly in my view. There is a frantic effort being made to resist a major paradigm shift in science that has long been overdue. Evidence from many directions points more clearly than ever to life being a truly cosmic phenomenon. Richard Hoover and all of us, including myself, are pariahs in the scientific community.
We are being treated in much the same way as Galileo was treated by the Papacy.” Facts cannot be challenged. Evidence points decisively to life being a cosmic phenomenon. Our minuscule abode Earth was seeded with life from comets about 4 billion years ago, and that seeding process continues even today. “I think life is very much older than the Earth and in a recent paper we argued a case for life originating less than a billion years after the Big Bang”, he said.
Paradigm shifts are dictated by the facts as they unfold. Sooner or later the Universe declares the truth about itself, he concluded.
He cited the following references for this interview.
1. Wickramasinghe, C., International Journal of Astrobiology 9 (2) : 119-129 (2010)
2. Wickramasinghe, C., International Journal of Astrobiology, Page 1 of 6 (2010) doi:10.1017/S1473550410000157
3. Gibson, C., Schild, R, Wickramasinghe, C International Journal of Astrobiology, Page doi:10.1017/S1473550410000352 f Cambridge University Press (2011)
– Sinhalaya News