Thursday, July 12, 2012

Prometheus: Are we? Or are we not.

Riddely Scott's return to the sci-fi cinematic undertaking since the Alien franchise and Blade Runner, Prometheus, similarly received remarkable undulation as it it does on frowning disgust. 

Although not new to the concept being a human DNA to be a possible fruit of intergalactic seeding, the movie portrays a clearer picture to the most uphill debate of the century since Charles Darwin's Evolution Theory.

The movie house, Rockwell Powerplant Mall Cinema. The movie setting, 2093. The movie plot, an exploration crew is sent out to a cosmic wilderness for an archaeological mission. After discovering cave drawings which has been dated several thousand years, they interpreted such construct to be an invitation by human race's forerunners they fondly and conveniently call "engineers", most likely to denote genetic engineers.

The journey ended up in an uncharted planet, having a toxic, corrosive atmosphere, and a whole gamut of treacherous conditions. 

There they encountered catacombs of giant, muscular, alabaster-biped humanoids that finally confirmed the cave drawings they have unearthed. 

The movie set is mesmerizing to be close to realism and the story provocative take for both scientific understanding and religious doctrine. 

For one, the only plausible way for intergalactic travel is to place the human body in a cryogenic chamber where tissues and other biological components will be preserved for the long haul. 

Second, the fact that our DNA developed in just a short span of time longs for answer as to how or who propelled it. Francis Crick, world's renowned molecular biologist, stated that "genes couldn't have developed because there is not enough time for the DNA to evolve by accident." So the question is then, who sparked this drastic change to our genetic structure. 

Third, it will only take 5% of our DNA to clone ourselves. What will then rest of 95% of our DNA do. The figure is just too huge to be considered a genetic waste. Geneticists theorized that DNA is the most viable to store information, information of our beginning, information of our ancestors, information science's most elusive "missing link" from the Neanderthals. 

The engineers portrayed in the movie are descriptive to the one written in ancient Sumerian texts, the Nephilim, a breed of giants they exalt as those who descended form the sky. 

In another side of the world, Hopi Indians from the northeastern Arizona, also foretold their casual encounters with pale, tall men who came from the stars. 

Of course, the stone carvings in that planet almost resembled with the ones we have in Inca in Peru, Easter Island in the Pacific, Giza of Egypt, Pumapunku of Bolivia, and Palenque from the Mayan Culture, but that part is a another story. 

So the questions remains, in our quest to seek the truth of our origin, should we divert SETI radio telescopes and look ourselves instead, microscopically, and dissect strands of our DNA to find tantalizing clues of our very beginning. Are we the hybrids of both ancient Earthly bipedal and extraterrestrial entities. If so, who are these extraterrestrials that shaped ourselves into what we are today. Where do they come from. Why did they extend their genetic lines to us. Will they return. and if they will, how are we going to accept it both scientifically and spiritually. 

Whether or not we are, there's something in us that make us leap from people who simply ignite fire from the cave shelters to the kind of civilization that builds megalithic structures using only ancient tools to boot, one that our modern engineering still find hard to do. 

The answer to the question for now may rely largely on our belief system, but someday truth will come out and science will be there to attest it. 

Are we? Or are we not. 

The movie is presented with less plotting complexity but left a whole slew of questions unanswered. 

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