The Cosmic Ancestry in The Stars - Chandra Wickramasinghe PhD, Kamala Wickramasinghe MA, and Gensuke Tokoro


Where did life come from? As the authors show, with conclusive scientific evidence, life came from space - a concept known as "panspermia". We humans, and all other life on Earth, evolved over millennia in response to viruses that arrived via Commets, and we continue to do so.

Exploring the philosophical, psychological, cultural, and environmental ramifications of the acceptance of panspermia, the authors show how the shift will be on par with the Copernican Revolution - when it was finally accepted that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe. Explaining the origins of the panspermia theory in the work of the late Sir Fred Hoyle, the authors reveal the vast body of evidence that has accumulated over the past four decades in favour of the cosmic origins of life, including viral inserts found in DNA that have shaped our human genome over millions of years. They show how the tiniest of viruses, microscopic animals (tardigrades), and even seeds have been found to be natural cosmonauts. The authors also show space-borne viruses play a crucial role in the positive evolution of life and that our entire existence on this planet is contingent on the continuing ingress of cosmic viruses.

The authors discuss the impact this shift in understanding will have on our relationship with the Earth and our culture, history, and religion. And perhaps the most dramatic ramification of all is that acceptance of panspermia means acceptance that the Earth is not unique - that other life-filled planets exist and intelligent life is common in the universe. Not only did we come from space but we are not alone.