SETI-The Quest for Evidence?
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, which was formerly a NASA program was established in 1959. The SETI program uses radio telescopes to probe deep into outer space to try and catch some form of radio waves that might be sent by some other civilization beside ours here on earth. In other words, the SETI project says “Who is out there?” It is a cosmic “Hi.” The advantage of radio telescopes is that they have the ability to travel way deep into outer space without being hindered by dense clouds of gas and dust found in some regions of space. The late atheist scholar, Carl Sagan, said that receiving just one message from outer space through these radio telescopes would be enough evidence to believe in the existence of intelligence in the universe besides our own! Getting a message from outer space would also confirm the hypothesis promulgated by atheist scholars such as Richard Dawkins and Francis Crick (co-discoverer of the DNA double helix) and others of their ilk that life was brought to this earth by space aliens.1 This is a theory that is known as “directed panspermia.” Anything other than God, right? But we ask, how did these aliens come to be?
The complexity of living organisms itself points to purposeful Intelligence Design, for how can we account for the information that makes up the genetic code in the form of a written language spelling out life? If we reject Intelligent Design, how do we explain the information stored up in the molecular structure and function of the cell? We are talking about 30 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica-in only one single cell of a lower life form-an amoeba!!!2 The entire amoeba itself carries information in its DNA that is equivalent to 1,000 complete sets of Encyclopedia Britannica-sets not just volumes.
The average human brain is said to have 100 billion nerve cells. This is what Carl Sagan himself said about the human brain: “The information content of the brain expressed in bits is probably comparable to the total number of connections among the neurons- about a hundred trillion…bits. If written in English…that information would fill some twenty million volumes, as many as in the world’s largest libraries. The equivalent of twenty million books is inside the head of every one of us. The brain is a very big place in a very small space.”3 So, if this staggering amount of evidence is not enough to convince us that an Intelligent Designer was at hand here, how can one single message from space convince anyone of anything? Isn’t this astronomical biological information storage and retrieval system enough evidence for Intelligent Design, for a Creator God? How about the longest letter word that we have so far, the 3 billion letter word of the human genome (also known as the human DNA)? Was it a result of random mutations as well? We are not talking about a meaningless word. This word comes complete with instructions of life. Isn’t this another pointer toward Intelligent Design?
1 Scott Youngren, Why Life Could Not Have Emerged Without God. Accessed from http://godevidence.com/2012/01/why-life-could-not-have-emerged-without-god/
2 Nelson L. Price, Creation Part 1. 2010. Accessed from http://www.nelsonprice.com/creation-part-i/
3 Carl Sagan, Cosmos. 1980. New York: Ballantine. pp. 230.