"Humanity has a moral obligation to seed the universe with life"

by JGordon on Feb. 15th, 2010

A Valentine for the universe?: A day late, sure, but when we're dealing with light years it doesn't seem like a big deal.
A Valentine for the universe?: A day late, sure, but when we're dealing with light years it doesn't seem like a big deal.Courtesy thebadastronomer
According to at least one scientist, it is the moral obligation of humanity to sow the biological seeds of life across the universe.

Hopefully it's also the obligation of humanity to take the universe out to dinner first.


Seriously, though. Some people think that the original building blocks of life might have been brought to Earth by extraterrestrial impacts. This dude thinks that we should spread life (not necessarily human life—more like primitive bacteria) across the universe, because that's what life does (spread itself) and because we have the means, awesome space apes that we are. Interestin', interestin'.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

I remember reading somewhere that we humans were just DNA's way of getting off the planet. I thought that was kind of an interesting perspective.

posted on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 1:57pm
NEW's picture
NEW says:

It's correct that we are all just DNA put together. Humands DNA structures aren't that different from those of monkeys and just a little different from dolfines. We are all connected with similar DNA and it's an odd way to look at life.

posted on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 7:17pm
Graham Walker's picture
Graham Walker says:

Yeah it's true that we are just made of DNA, but so animals so were not alone. Also we aren't just DNA's way of gettimg off the planet they just happen to get to another planet when we get there so there because we are the DNA.

posted on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 7:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what does d.n.a stand for

posted on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 12:09pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

"DNA" is shorthand for deoxyribonucleic acid.

posted on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:19pm
Phil S's picture
Phil S says:

This is exactly what we should be doing, either just our raw DNA, Eggs and Sperm and or Bacteria,, admittedly a lot (most if we're honest) will be destroyed on it's travels but if only a tiny fraction gets through (or is intercepted by green octopus like interstellar space traveling aliens and reconstituted) then I'd consider it a great success! :D Sooo we're being stupid building massive space craft that cost billions when we should just be developing very small craft that just contain the information required to reconstitute our species :) These very small craft (air to air missile size) can be floated to the edge of space by balloon and fired from there,,, yep it may take 100,000s of years to even reach the Oort Cloud but who care's the information required will be out there on mass :D Yep we should launch many many millions of the things :)

Well that's may take on the topic :)

(c) 2011 PS B'ham UK

posted on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 5:44pm

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