Canada joins search for ET life
Published: 20 September 2006 (GMT+10)
Canadian scientists recently announced their quest for extraterrestrial life in … Northern Canada (Ellesmere Island, near the North Pole), where they found sulfur-rich springs on the top of an ice field. This is an environment in which new types of bacteria were found that ‘may point to how life evolves on other planets’ (emphasis added). No more do we read, ‘may have evolved’. The evolution of ET life is now treated as certain!1
Believing in the evolution of life on other planets is essential to buttressing the evolutionary–atheistic worldview. Evolutionists believe that if they could discover life that has evolved on other planets it would give us answers to life’s big questions here on Earth. Then they would have proof that life is not a gift from God, but an unavoidable consequence of time and chemistry. The unspoken goal is to make God irrelevant.
The search for ET life has a long story. Substantial resources have been spent on this quest, funds which were denied to more important research. Sulfur springs are not new in this search. The ecosystem in the Movile Cave in Romania, where 32 new species and 2 new genera of creatures were discovered as part of a chemical (chemotrophic)2 food chain, has drawn Commander Jacques Cousteau’s team, and later NASA’s exobiology experts, to the cave. Bacteria feeding on the sulfur in the deep, lukewarm springs inside the cave are the base of the food chain, eliminating the need for photosynthesis. Their ability to do this has raised the theoretical possibility of similar conditions on other planets.
Similar ecosystems exist around the hot vents on the bottom of the ocean, where sulfur-rich hot springs supply the chemical energy for large bacterial colonies. In recent years, many types of ‘extremophiles’ (living organisms surviving in extreme conditions) have been found.
The discovery in Canada adds a cold extreme to this type of environment. If bacteria can use chemical energy to thrive in cold, lukewarm and hot conditions, it is reasoned they can evolve on many other planets in this vast universe. Especially on Jupiter’s moon Europa, which became a sort of Holy Grail of ET life, ever since Arthur C. Clarke’s sequel 2010 (which when made into a movie included the byline ‘the Year We Make Contact’) singled it out. Yes, there is plenty of sulfur on Europa, but most of it appears to be concentrated sulfuric acid!
However, bacteria have to exist first, then adapt to such harsh conditions. And the simplest bacterium is so complex that 200 years of evolutionary science has been incapable of explaining how it could assemble itself out of just randomness, time and chemistry! After all, if life exists somewhere else in the solar system it may well have come from Earth.
There is an abundance of various spores and germs in the earth’s outer atmosphere which are constantly pushed into space by the solar wind. They could have easily landed on various other celestial bodies in the solar system. As for microbial life on Mars, the first few space probes that landed there were not properly sterilized, so it’s possible that they could have transported germs from Earth.3,4
The Bible is crystal clear about this: life has never evolved anywhere. Life is God’s creation, whether genes or geniuses, fish or philosophers! Interestingly, one of the greatest science-fiction authors, Isaac Asimov, also believed that life is unique to the earth—even though he was an evolutionist. In some of his stories, millions of planets are inhabited, but their inhabitants originally came from the earth. And Asimov was not just a prolific writer; he was an accomplished scientist.
References and notes
- Canada experts to study alien-like spring.
- Chemotrophic: living being that obtains its nourishment through chemical reactions without needing light. All animals and fungi are chemotrophic. The vast majority of food chains though are based on phototrophic (light-using) plants and algae.
- Mars doesn’t need Earth goop.
- Surveyor 3.