Response to the Columbus Dispatch Article Titled:
"Likelihood of alien life dwindles, researchers say"
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During the 1990s, a number of discoveries pointed towards extraterrestrial life. NASA scientists claimed evidence in a meteorite that fell from Mars. Astronomers reported indirect evidence of about 20 planets outside our solar system, based upon slight wobbles in the movement of distant stars. Reconnaissance of the Jovian and Saturnian systems found indications of liquid seas on the moons Europa and Titan. Two reports this month, however, throw cold water on such easy optimism.
While we're glad to see stories about opposing views, these two new reports being referred to are not the first to cast doubt on these claims by evolutionists. Creation scientists have been pointing out the problems with this for some time now. For instance, consider these links at Did Life originate on Mars? for just a few examples.
An international group of scientists looking for evidence of planetary systems formed more or less like ours has come up empty-handed. After five years, the PLANET team (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) has yet to spot our first twin.
This comes as no surprise to creationists. The Bible mentions nothing whatsoever about other inhabited worlds. That doesn't mean that God didn't create them. If He did, he didn't share that with us. When one reads the Bible account of creation, it is possible to conclude that it's likely we are the only inhabited planet in the world. For more information on this, see Are We Alone in the Universe? - ChristianAnswers.Net.
At the same time, two University of Washington scientists contend that animals and people may well be unique to Earth, given the complex set of conditions necessary for their evolution.
This complexity points to a designer, not evolution.
And that's bad news for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In the evolution of the solar system, Jupiter likely shielded Earth from bombardment by comets, allowing life to evolve, said OSU astronomer Andrew Gould.
See these links for a different perspective on this: Revelations in the Solar System: Catastrophe Evidence Revelations in the Solar System: Problems for evolution
Primitive life may be widespread in the universe, but the odds of its evolution into higher forms are staggeringly low, they write.
This is an interesting admission. Why don't those same "staggeringly low" odds apply to what we see here on earth? For more information, see The Mathematical improbabilities of evolution occurring.
First, the solar system had to be in a protected area of the Milky Way. Then Earth, Jupiter and our moon have to be the right sizes and in the right positions to produce a temperate environment with seasonal changes but no comets. Only thus could life evolve from slime to scientist over 3 billion or 4 billion years.
The existence of comments actually point to a young universe. See Comets and the Age of the Solar System.
Creationists, of course, would say we exist because of God's will, not by chance.
This was refreshing to see, and we commend Mr. Lore for putting it in his article. It was a tiny step forward for the Dispatch and something we'd like to see a lot more of. However, in spite of Mr. Lore's apparent good-faith attempt to acknowledge the creationists' position, the article was still very unbalanced. Four evolutionists were directly quoted. Two evolutionist organizations were referenced. No creation scientists were quoted, and no creationism organizations were referenced. This was a small step forward, but there's still a long way to go before the reporting of evolution versus creationism issues are balanced in the Dispatch.
David Lore, science reporter for The Dispatch, is online at email@example.com
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