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Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars


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Table of Contents

Our Inalienable Link to the Cosmos

Genesis of a Theory

The Deepest Questions

A Cosmic Creator?

The Nature of Consciousness

Viral Footprints in the Evolution to Homo sapiens sapiens

Unbridled Greed--A Cosmic Imperative?

Lessons from the Copernican Revolution

East Is East and West Is West

The Threat of Cometary Missiles

A Historical Context

So What if We Came from Space?

The World of 2100

The New Cosmic Worldview



About the Author

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 is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach and coauthor of Cosmic Womb. He lives in Cardiff, Wales. Kamala Wickramasinghe, MA, is a freelance writer and editor with a master's degree in English from the University of Cambridge. The managing editor of the Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics (ISPA), she lives in Cardiff, Wales. Gensuke Tokoro is an honorary professor at Ruhuna University, president and CEO of Kyoto Biopharma, Inc., and executive director of ISPA. He lives in Japan.


"Above all what this book embraces with passion and scientific rigor is the magic and the mystery of life. An enchanting, thought-provoking, and important read. Don't miss it!" * Graham Hancock, author of America Before: The Key to Earth's Civilization and Fingerprints of *
"Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars is an excellent read! Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, a pioneer of the theory of panspermia and cosmic biology, writes of the accumulating evidence that life populates all capable hosting places throughout the galaxy and the universe. The authors of the book conclude that our salvation as a species lies in the recognition and acknowledgment of our inalienable cosmic origins." * Rudy Schild, Ph.D., emeritus astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics *
"This is a beautifully written book about our cosmic origins and will be understood by everyone wanting to learn more about the origins and further evolution of life on Earth. All the authors have been actively involved in assembling the hard scientific evidence for panspermia and communicating these important proofs to a wider audience. For the past 50 years Sir Fred Hoyle, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, and their many contemporary collaborators, such as Gensuke Tokoro, director of the Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astrobiology (Gifu, Japan), are causing, through their untiring efforts, the second Copernican revolution. Thus 500 years after Copernicus, Galileo, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, then Newton displaced the Earth from the center of the universe, which heralded the birth of the Renaissance in medieval Europe, we are now witnessing an extraordinary rebirth in scientific thinking. We therefore live in revolutionary times. Life did not originate from nonliving elements on the early Earth as is commonly believed--as promulgated by the traditional neo-Darwinian theory of terrestrial evolution. It originated at some unknowable time in deep cosmic antiquity and has spread by panspermic infections and further evolution to all life-compatible habits--comets, moons, planets--throughout the universe." * Edward J. Steele, Ph.D., coauthor of Lamarck's Signature *
"Chandra Wickramasinghe's central belief that basic microbial life in the universe could be very common and that it naturally spread across the galaxy is extended in this book to take on the topics of evolution itself and the future progress of humanity. Half a century after Neil Armstrong's 'one small step' on the moon, this book is timely, as the authors ponder key 'cosmic' questions about where we may have come from and what our future holds." * Nick Spall, space and science writer *
"Everybody should read this brilliant book! It tells you the answers to many of the things that keep you awake at night. Ultimately, this is a book of hope, the hope of the universal prevalence of life and that we are all part of a cosmic community which has no ending. Read this book and see everything you thought you knew in a new and vital perspective." * Robert Temple, author of The Sphinx Mystery *
"This book is a fascinating insight into how we, as a race, came into being on this planet. We may never know the true origins of our species beyond Earth, but Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars offers a very readable and entertaining yet fact-based alternative to the status quo." * Bruce Stringer, New Dawn Magazine *

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