If a sentient race around another star did evolve via alien tailored viruses, they might not know for a long time that they had evolved in such a fashion, but eventually, they’d probably see the evidence. Firstly, they would find that their chromosomes were peppered with old virus code that had been turned off, earlier genetic instructions that were now obsolete, like a software program riddled with dead code from earlier editions. Secondly, when the sentient race looked at their fossil history, it would show strange jumps in evolution. Thirdly, they might even have oral or written records of the last time their planet was irradiated by alien tailored viruses. The stories would tell of a strange light coming from another star and unexplained epidemics breaking out on their world.
But here’s the really strange bit; there is evidence on our planet that such events have occurred. Have we been the subject of alien, tailored virus evolution? Is there evidence on Earth for these three signposts of alien, tailored virus evolution?
The first sign has already been discovered; the large amounts of old virus code in our genes. The second sign - huge jumps in evolution - is also in evidence. Our planet is about four billion years old. For its first three-or-so billion years, very little evolution occurred. And then, in the blink of an eye, geologically, there was an explosion of evolution, leading to a variety of multi-cellular organisms such as trilobites. This became known as the Cambrian Explosion. To this day, scientists do not have a strong theory as to why this explosion in life occurred, but our planet being bombarded by specialised viruses that altered the genes of the organisms on Earth would explain it fully. Two out of the three signposts are therefore in evidence on Earth. What about the third signpost of alien tailored virus evolution, a laser light from another star causing epidemics on Earth?
If such an event had happened to our planet in the last few thousand years, it would have occurred within recorded history. It would therefore have been talked about and written down. We can imagine how the reports would appear. They would talk about a neighbouring star changing its appearance, as the laser light coming from that star system, aimed at Earth, eclipsed its own star from our perspective. Soon after the star changed its appearance, there would be reports of epidemics breaking out, affecting specific species of animals and possibly people too. Eventually, the star would return to its normal appearance and the epidemics would end. Unbeknownst to everyone, the viruses that had caused the epidemics had altered the genetic code of those sufferers in specific, planned ways.
There is evidence that this has happened on our planet. In the first millennium before Christ, the star Sirius was reported to have changed to a fiery red from its normal blue-white appearance. It did this repeatedly over many years. When it did turn fiery red (the word ‘Sirius’ is from the Greek word ‘Seirios’, meaning ‘scorching or burning’), epidemics broke out on Earth. Eventually, the star stopped turning fiery red and has remained normal for the last two millennia. This event is known as the Sirius Red Controversy
There is ample evidence that evolution on Earth has been guided by alien, tailored viruses. Fortunately, for our own peace of mind, there isn’t enough evidence at the moment to prove it conclusively. The backlash over the evidence that we are descended from apes still rages on in many parts of the world. Think what the reaction would be if scientists concluded that we’ve been crafted by Little Green Men from Sirius B?
Adrian Ellis - Winter 2014