Is There Life On Mars?

I’ve no idea what’s going on with Brexit. And I have no idea what’s going on with Trump either.

So instead I’ll think about Life On Mars.

NASA’S chief scientist Jim Green is positive it is simply a matter of time before the space agency and its European partners find indisputable evidence of alien life on Mars…

But when the monumental discovery is finally made, Dr Jim Green warned the world might not be ready for it.

The NASA scientist told the Sunday Telegraph: “It will be revolutionary. It’s like when Copernicus stated ‘no we go around the Sun’.

“Completely revolutionary. It will start a whole new line of thinking.”

He added: “I’ve been worried about that because I think we’re close to finding it and making some announcements.”

It seems to me to be a bit odd for a NASA scientist to say that they’re soon going to find indisputable evidence of life on Mars. And not just life on Mars, but alien life on Mars. It’s a bit like me saying it’s only going to be a matter of time before I dig up a pot of gold in the garden outside, and not just a pot of gold, but of silver as well. Well, have they found it or not?

How do they tell whether something is an alien form of life?

And how do they tell whether something is alive or not?

These days humans and animals and plants are regarded as being “alive”, and nothing else. Everything else is sort of inert or dead.

It doesn’t really help to say that living things contain DNA. When they dug up the skeleton of King Richard III a couple of years back, it contained DNA that they could trace to living descendants of his. But he was still dead.

Living things grow and decay and die. That’s what humans and animals and plants all do. Life is temporary. And also, unlike inert rocks, living things move around. They do things like swim and run and fly.

But don’t clouds in the sky do all of that as well? Clouds build and grow, and then fade and vanish. And clouds move around. In fact they move around much faster than animals, and travel for longer distances. And clouds do all sorts of things. They drop rain and snow and hail. They bring thunder and lightning. Sometimes they generate whirlwinds and tornadoes. So why don’t we regard clouds as living things? So what if they don’t have any DNA?

And why don’t we regard rivers as living things? We give them names. And they are  continually on the move. And they also grow bigger and smaller, and sometimes completely vanish. Rivers meander as they snake along valleys. If we regard snakes as alive, why not the snaking rivers?

And what about forest fires? They ravenously consume entire forests, before themselves dying out. If we have Save The Whales, why not Save The Forest Fires?

And aren’t trains and cars and ships living things too? They’re continually on the move. When they’ve got minds of their own (as they soon will), cars will be able to drive to gas stations and fill themselves up, and will have become autonomous lifeforms. No DNA in them either.

Perhaps the ancients looked at the world this way, and saw it as filled with all manner of living things, some of them hurling thunderbolts. And it’s just us diminished moderns that regard only a very few things as being “alive”, solely because they’ve got DNA in them.

And of course these days there’s Gaia, the planet on which we live. Isn’t that alive as well? Its surface is moving around as well, very slowly, as continental plates inch slowly across the surface of the Earth, and volcanoes erupt, and earthquakes tremble.

In the Green view of the world, it is indeed alive, but us humans are killing it. But that’s just human conceit. We are powerless over the Earth. We’re just another species that’s along for the ride. Maybe we’ll end up blowing ourselves up, in some crazy new war, but when it’s over the Earth will still be here, and it’ll still be spinning, with tides rising and falling, and with clouds and rivers meandering over its surface, and probably plants and animals as well. It’ll be as if nothing ever happened.

So I’m sure they’ll find life on Mars, and life everywhere else as well. Why not life on Jupiter and Saturn as well? I’ll be astonished if they don’t find life everywhere.

Cue Life On Mars:

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9 Responses to Is There Life On Mars?

  1. Dr Evil says:

    As I recall the biological experiment aboard one of the Viking landers worked. It not only worked once, but twice and the controls of course using heated soil didn’t. There was a 40 minute lag phase too as you often get when growing bacteria. NASA however didn’t want the scientist behind the experiment telling everyone because the physics experiment to detect organics didn’t. Ah, but the biological experiment has auto enhancement and auto amplification called growth. The spectrometer had a finite level below which it could detect nothing as was shown later. I accept the biological experiment worked. It released gases due to metabolism labelled with a long half life radioisotope. Well, the sugars et al were labelled. NASA then spent years trying to rubbish this simple experiment.

  2. garyk30 says:

    Yes, little green folks walking around carrying signs that read “Brexit now!!!”

  3. RdM says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_lander_biological_experiments

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_trilogy

    Well, I’ve read all three, and some others of his, a New York drowning, overboard on ‘climate change catastrophe’ but interesting in terms of characters.

    Oh Vey!

  4. Fredrik Eich says:

    I think there is plenty of evidence of life from other planets here on earth but probably not from Mars.

  5. Dr Evil says:

    The US Navy filed a patent or two on so called Tic Tacs.

    • Fredrik Eich says:

      Maybe true but how did the technology come about? These vehicles seem to defy
      our current understanding of physics. And we do have credible eye witness testimony
      to the hypothesis that the technology has been acquired and not developed.

  6. Penseivat says:

    Is there intelligent life on other planets? Sometimes, I wonder if there is intelligent life on this planet!

  7. beobrigitte says:

    And of course these days there’s Gaia, the planet on which we live. Isn’t that alive as well? Its surface is moving around as well, very slowly, as continental plates inch slowly across the surface of the Earth, and volcanoes erupt, and earthquakes tremble.

    In the Green view of the world, it is indeed alive, but us humans are killing it. But that’s just human conceit. We are powerless over the Earth. We’re just another species that’s along for the ride.
    Gaia is a term I stumbled across on youtube. I quickly arrived at the conclusion that the planet does not need us but we do need this planet. Indeed we are just one of many species that are along for the ride and if Gaia gets fed up with us she ( yep, according to youtube videos it’s a she and everyone knows: Hell has no fury…..) will just expel us all, including poor little Greta and the child abusers pulling her strings.
    However, I must admit, I do have a veg patch in my garden and I do “feed” that soil in order to get a good crop the following year. I use my kitchen scraps and – if lucky – get a little horse manure.
    These measures aren’t costly and nobody is taxed for it. I’m still harvesting courgettes and pumpkins and Kohlrabi.
    Common sense. We, the most advanced species on this planet NEED to get common sense back!!! Getting rid of the scare mongers is step 1.

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