Cosmic Womb, The Seeding of Planet Earth
This book combines Chandra Wickramasinghe’s research in the field of Astrobiology, which looks at the origin and evolution of life in and beyond our solar system, with Robert Bauval’s theories about the Giza pyramid complex in his native Egypt. The synthesis of their work points to the possibility of what they interpret as an advanced civilization from somewhere in the cosmos bringing knowledge and perhaps even life to our planet.
The first part of the book explores current thinking about the origins of life including contradictions and quandaries that abound, often as a result of distinguishing knowledge from speculation. Could intelligent life have occurred in the cosmos long before the formation of our own solar system? The authors expand on the Panspermia Theory that suggests that life was carried to Earth by comets or meteors, by studying the latest findings in support of this theory including how microbes are resistant to rather inhospitable conditions of space, which allows the transfer of genes from one star system to another. Other concepts touched upon include: (1) The anthropic principle, a philosophical consideration that observations of the Universe must be compatible with the conscious and sapient life that observes it. (2) Multiverse, a hypothetical space or realm consisting of a number of universes, of which our own universe is only one. (3) The nature of consciousness.
Part two of the book begins with a brief preamble by Robert Bauval in which he describes the resistance he came up against from Egyptolotists when a book that he co-authored with Adrian Gilbert, The Orion Mystery, which was based on his earlier paper “A Master Plan for the Three Pyramids of Giza based on the Configuration of the Three Stars of the Belt of Orion”, was featured in a BBC documentary. The topic of synchronicity, the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection, particularly as it relates to numbers is also explored briefly mentioning, amongst others, the work of Godfrey Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan – Ramanujan’s story was the topic of the movie ‘The Man Who Know Infinity’.
The book is something of a pot-pourri of speculations, with the latest advances in areas such as cosmology, physics and neuroscience discussed alongside the scepticism of Egyptologists and others regarding the purpose of the Great Pyramid. But it provides an entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking read, no matter which side of the intellectual divide you favour.
By Charla Devereux