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<nettime> ALIENS PRIDE 2000 - Respect the Universe

Panspermia is the name for the theory that life exists and is distributed
throughout the universe in the form of germs or spores. This piece depicts
a single life cycle of an inter-galactic life form, as an unusual example
of a self propagating system. A seed crashes onto a barren planet and
explodes into aggressive forms of botanical life, which grow into tangled
forests and cover the planet's surface. Eventually cannon shaped plants
emerge and fire new seeds back out into space to complete the cycle This
unusual botanical form of life, reproducing itself from planet to planet
throughout space, is in many ways analogous to other self replicating
systems, including humans, entire species, and even ideas. A window into
this panspermic system will hopefully expand awareness of self propagating
systems in general, as well as inspire thoughts about our entire planet of
life as a single entity

The original theory of chemist Svante Aarhenius proposed that bacterial
spores spread slowly by passive processes to Earth from elsewhere in the
Universe.  In 1981, the Nobel Prizewinning Molecular Biologist, published
a popular book entitled "Life Itself". Crick argued that because of the
universality of the genetic code in Earth's biosphere, life probably
originated here from a single prokaryotic ancestor that probably arrived
from space. He proposed that life was sent here by extraterrestrial
civilizations in interstellar robot craft. He termed this model "Directed

The discovery in 1996 of evidence for ancient microbacterial life in a
chunk of meteorite that came from the planet Mars, revolutionized our
thoughts on the probability of life arising elsewhere in our solar system
and the universe beyond, especially in the light of recent news about
planetlike bodies detected around other stars. The NASA research team of
scientists at the Johnson Space Center and at Stanford University has
found evidence that strongly suggests primitive life may have existed on
Mars more than 3.6 billion years ago.  The NASA-funded team found the
first organic molecules thought to be of Martian origin; several mineral
features characteristic of biological activity; and possible microscopic
fossils of primitive, bacteria-like organisms inside of an ancient Martian
rock that fell to Earth as a meteorite. This array of indirect evidence of
past life will be reported in the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Science,
presenting the investigation to the scientific community at large to reach
a future consensus that will either confirm or deny the team's conclusion. 

This startling discovery, that points to the possibility that a primitive
form of microscopic life may have existed on Mars more than three billion
years ago, opened the field of Exobiology, the study of extraterrestrial
fossils. It also raises the question and discussion about the possibility
that Earth life originated on alien worlds. 

Exobiology is the study of chemical evolution, the origin and early
evolution of life, and the search for life and life-related compounds in
the solar system.  It draws upon almost every area of science, from
astronomy to molecular biology to geochemistry. The history of the Earth's
biosphere began with the origin of life, and thus the study of exobiology
is crucial to understanding biology on Earth as well as elsewhere in the

The grand vision of Origins Initiative is to follow the 15-billion-year
chain of events from the birth of the universe through the formation of
galaxies, and on to the development of life on Earth. One of its main
goals is to develop astrobiology, a term deemed wider in scope than
exobiology, because it includes both terrestrial and extraterrestrial

It addresses the question: Is life a cosmic imperative? Are we really sons
of an intelligent universe? 

Everything changed, with the sensational claim that a meteorite from Mars
contains fossil evidence of microorganisms. Whether or not the claim
withers under intense scientific scrutiny, few doubt that primitive
organisms could have evolved on ancient Mars, where titanic rivers once
gushed beneath a thick, gaseous atmosphere. Finding that life may have
started on two neighbouring planets in a single planetary system is
remarkable enough. But add to this the recent discovery that many nearby
stars are accompanied by planets, and there is the distinct possibility
that our Galaxy is teeming with life. 

Suddenly, there are renewed worries about a long-standing puzzle: if life
is widespread, why has the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or
SETI, drawn a blank? Where are the aliens? 

Aliens In Roma, the first alien life form (without form) detected on
planet Earth, present: ALIENS PRIDE 2000 - Coming Outer!, the answer to
this question. 

They're here, Aliens On Earth, fully conscious of their origin and still
holding their native powers, that working side by side with the (in)human
population, will build, teach, and offer technologies for reconstruction. 
The extraterrestrial souls on Earth, as ordinary as can be, are now here
to support the esoplanetary initiation of (in)humanities into a living,
crystallized force of techno-mutants. To land there, "where no human ever
landed before..." 

ALIENS PRIDE 2000: Coming Outer!

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