Compelling evidence that life, intelligence, and evolution on Earth were seeded by comets and cosmic intelligence
* Explains how life first came from interstellar dust and comets and how later arrivals of cosmic dust and comets spurred evolution
* Explores the possibility that universal knowledge may be stored in human DNA and how ancient cultures may have known a way to retrieve this knowledge
All ancient cultures link humanity's origins to the heavens. The Egyptians, for example, were adamant that their ancestors came from the stars of Orion and Sirius. Today, however, religion and science assert that life arose spontaneously here on Earth. Did the ancients know our true cosmic origins? Have they left us clues?
Expanding on the panspermia theory developed with the celebrated astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle--namely that the building blocks of life were imported to Earth by comets in the distant past--Chandra Wickramasinghe and Robert Bauval explore the latest findings in support of a cosmic origin for humanity. They detail the astrobiological discoveries of organic molecules deep in space, how microbes are incredibly resistant to the harshest conditions of space--enabling the transfer of genes from one star system to another, and the recent recovery of microorganisms from comets still in space. They show how life arrived on our planet in the form of interstellar dust containing alien bacteria approximately 3.8 billion years ago and how later comets, meteoroids, and asteroids brought new bacterial and viral genetic material, which was vital for evolution.
Using the latest advances in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, the authors explore how universal knowledge may be stored in human DNA and cells, and they postulate that ancient cultures, such as the pyramid builders of Egypt and the temple builders of India, may have known a way to retrieve this knowledge.
Chandra Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., is the director of the Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham. A professor of applied mathematics and astronomy, he has taught at the University College Cardiff and the University of Cambridge. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach and lives in Cardiff, Wales. Egyptian-born Robert Bauval holds a higher diploma in construction engineering from the University of the Southbank in London. He has researched Egyptology since 1983 and is the author and co-author of numerous books, including The Orion Mystery and Black Genesis. He lives in Spain.
PUBLISHER'S PREFACE A Mystery of the Third Kind Acknowledgments PA RT I Origins of Life in the Cosmos By Chandra Wickramasinghe, Ph.D. Prologue 1 Definite Knowledge vs. Speculation 2 Unraveling of a Controversy 3 History of Panspermia 4 Cosmic Coincidences, God, Creationism, and Consciousness 5 Bacteria Entering Earth 6 Alien Planets and Alien Intelligence 7 Earth's Continually Changing Conditions PA R T II Intelligent Speculation Based on Cutting-Edge Science By Robert Bauval Prologue 8 The "Coincidence Pigeons" 9 Physics and Synchronicity 10 The Next Frontier of Knowledge 11 The Archives of the Mind Conclusion: Forecasting the Future BY CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE Epilogue APPENDIX I The Concavity of the Great Pyramid: A Design Feature? DID THE DESIGNER KNOW THE METER UNIT? BY JEAN-PAUL BAUVAL APPENDIX II The Location of the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid BY JEAN-PAUL BAUVAL APPENDIX III The Great Pyramid of Giza: New Facts, Discoveries, and Theories BY GARY OSBORN Notes Bibliography Index