Directed Panspermia: The Case for Extraterrestrial Intervention

Directed Panspermia

Was Life Seeded On Earth Using Directed Panspermia?

By Will Hart


What is Directed Panspermia?

It has been more than three decades since Eric von Daniken had the first of his best selling books published. In the initial three of the series he tirelessly and enthusiastically examined the archaeological and cultural historical records of the world’s ancient cultures trying to show that ‘ancient astronauts’ had visited our planet. His controversial ideas and the Erich von daniken - Directed Panspermiafascinating information he presented about our planet’s mysterious past were a smashing success. In fact, he has since become the most popular nonfiction writer of all time.

That said — and credit given to Mr. Van Daniken for pointing out the enigmas of human history — some very important scientific work was published in this field by several eminent scientists 20 years ago. Nobel Prize winner Sir Francis Crick and astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle weighed in with their theories of the origins of life in the early 1980s.

Their books never made it into public consciousness the way the ‘Chariots of the Gods’ did and they seldom get mentioned in ‘ancient astronaut’ literature. However, these works deserve a reappraisal and I highly recommend them to any serious student of cosmology, UFOs or evolution. Crick proposed that an advanced civilization seeded life on earth in the remote past, a theory called Directed Panspermia.

We shall postulate that on some distant planet, some four billion years or so ago, there had evolved a form of higher creature who, like ourselves, had discovered science and technology, developing them far beyond anything we have accomplished…

This may seem a wide departure from the mainstream for a man who is credited with being the co-discoverer of the shape of the DNA molecule, however Crick’s treatment of this topic was mostly from a rigorous, scientific perspective. He did not delve into history’s mysteries but into a variety of scientific topics including the nature of DNA and RNA as well as what was then known about when life originated on earth. “The earliest traces of life we can detect at the present time are found associated with rocks dated to about 3.6 billion yeas ago…but the fossil record, formed by simple animals whose hard parts have been preserved, is only 0.6 billion years old.”

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About The Author

Will Hart is a journalist, photographer, and filmmaker who has been investigating ancient mysteries and evidence of extraterrestrial intervention on Earth since 1969.  He has appeared on radio and television and is the author of the books The Genesis Race and his latest title Alien Civilizations.

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