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On this episode of THE Q.PSIENCE PROJECT, CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE, Ph.D. joins host Jill Hanson to discuss Cosmic Womb: The Seeding of Planet Earth, a book co-written with ROBERT BAUVAL.

Together with the late Sir Fred Hoyle, Prof. Wickramasinghe worked to pioneer an exciting new discipline: Astrobiology. It can be argued that astrobiology came to the fore following the pioneering work in the 1980’s of the late Sir Fred Hoyle and Professor Wickramasinghe on panspermia and the cosmic theory of life. According to this theory, life on Earth started with the arrival of a life-bearing comet about 4.2 billion years ago, and the subsequent arrival of viral and bacterial genes from comets contributed to the evolution of life on the Earth.

Cosmic Womb expands upon 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-- exploring the latest findings in support of a cosmic origin for humanity, and detailing the astrobiological discoveries of organic molecules deep in space. An exciting argument is proposed: that the universe was “born” and preset with the blueprint of life and that the cosmos must be teeming with lifeforms far older and perhaps far more developed than us. Prof. Wickramasinghe & Bauval 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. Sharing new discoveries from experienced architects, engineers, and mathematicians, they show how the Great Pyramid is a three-dimensional mathematical equation in stone, bearing a potent message for humanity across time and space about who we are and where we come from.

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

Tune in to hear Jill's Conversation with Prof. Wickramasinghe on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH from 6-8pm E | 3-5pm P:

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