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    Synthetic Life

    Doing some reading, I came across this article:

    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articl...21/2905640.htm

    Such things are all very interesting, but there could be serious implications if it gets out of hand.

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    Fascinating. The stuff of dreams when I was a boy. Of course the constant worry regarding mutation or entry into the food chain is always at the back of your mind. When you think of some of the inventions of the past, which were intended for the good of mankind, you know that it could be many years before the true implications are apparent. Who in the past would have thought that radio waves or electricity pylons would be responsible for cancer. Brave new world.

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    Yeah, despite being an a country with a violent and confrontationalist government (who started more wars in the last 40 years than anyone else, the US of A), it's good to see their scientists are working on the leading edge of technology and surviving the redneck fundamentalist-christian lobby groups.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    I don't really have any problem with synthetic life, after all we don't even know where life on earth came from.

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    Of course we do:

    Theory 1 (my fav) a quagmire burped and a few billion years later and a single cell critter resulted, from a lightening strick was it, or some electric aided chemical fart and then *poof* life evolves into mankind and his animal and plant cousins.

    Theory 2, God was bored and invented a new game to amuse herself (spare me)

    Theory 3, we were shat onto earth by an asteroid and are, in fact, aliens (not sure about this one).
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Of course we do:

    Theory 1 (my fav) a quagmire burped and a few billion years later and a single cell critter resulted, from a lightening strick was it, or some electric aided chemical fart and then *poof* life evolves into mankind and his animal and plant cousins.

    Theory 2, God was bored and invented a new game to amuse herself (spare me)

    Theory 3, we were shat onto earth by an asteroid and are, in fact, aliens (not sure about this one).
    Judging by some of the peolple around here I think maybe (3) is correct.

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    Surely there should be a Theory 4 - we originated from experiments done by some ancient race similar to the ones done by the scientists in the article.
    I wonder if I could base a religion like scientology on that theory.

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    I am sure you could, and propabaly make a lot of money out of it. When you look at the different theories of religions and science not to mention the more way out ideas of some evolutionists I think you could come up with something believeable. Look forward to reading it.

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    I've been putting some ideas down, however I don't really want it going all over the internet, so if you want I can send it to you in a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montefalco View Post
    I've been putting some ideas down, however I don't really want it going all over the internet, so if you want I can send it to you in a PM.
    I would be most interested in reading it, with a completely open mind. As I have said before " there are more things in heaven and on earth....." I would of course treat it as confidential.

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    teddy - I believe in a supreme being (so I could in theory become a freemason) and that supreme being (currently) is my toaster.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Theory 3, we were shat onto earth by an asteroid and are, in fact, aliens (not sure about this one).
    This is the best bet yet "Panspermia" or one of the bits of rock stuff that made the earth was contaminated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    teddy - I believe in a supreme being (so I could in theory become a freemason) and that supreme being (currently) is my toaster.

    Now now,lets not get silly. A grill pan maybe but.....

    teddy

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    Maybe the kitchen in general?

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    Why not, it's my wifes universe.

    teddy

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