Space ethics to test directed panspermia
Life Sciences in Space Research, 2014, vol. 3, pp. 10-17
The ‘Wow! signal’ of the terrestrial genetic code
Icarus, 2013, vol. 224, pp. 228-242
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Free arXiv version
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Free arXiv version

These pages serve as supplementary materials to the two papers above dealing with the subject of directed panspermia and the related message in the universal terrestrial genetic code. Depending on available time, we will also provide here relevant information comprehensible to non-specialists.

N.B.: The genetic code is not DNA/genomic sequence. If you are unaware of the difference first refer to a school textbook or at least wikipedia.

N.B.2: We are not the authors of the hypothesis that life on Earth derives from intentional seeding by an earlier extraterrestrial civilization and of the related hypothesis of a message in the genetic code – both of these are far from being new. What we do is testing these hypotheses.

N.B.3: The hypothesis of directed panspermia does not imply that we are “created by aliens“. It implies that we (all terrestrial life) share common origin with our extraterrestrial predecessors. It also has nothing to do with Intelligent Design, creationism, paleocontact theories, UFOs, etc.

For those who intend to go into more details, we recommend doing that in the following order:

  • Brief introduction outlining why the hypothesis of directed panspermia is plausible a priori.
  • To eliminate possible misconceptions and confusions right off, please, refer to FAQ. Common objections are also answered there.
  • The paper “Space ethics to test directed panspermia” (published in Life Sciences in Space Research; free version is available at arXiv), which sets the stage, justifies the approach and reviews relevant data (this paper is more recent then the following one in this list, but it is advisable that it should be read first).
  • The paper “The ‘Wow! signal’ of the terrestrial genetic code” (published in Icarus; free version is available at arXiv), which presents the description of the informational artifact in the genetic code and arguments on its artificiality, as well as its algebraic and statistical analysis.
  • The summary of the research, which elucidates certain points contextually and in more detail than in the papers.
  • The interactive supplement to the papers online (might be downloaded as zipped SWF-file to watch offline).
  • If at this stage you are still unconvinced of the validity of our arguments, refer to How to disprove our claim.
  • Find out the score of the signal in the Rio scale.
  • Read expert opinions.