On Friday night the “Journal of Cosmology” published an article entitled “Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites: Implications to Life on Comets, Europa, and Enceladus,” attributed to one Richard B. Hoover of the NASA/Marshall SFC , claiming such a discovery.
Extraordinary claims, however, require extraordinary evidence, which is nowhere to be found in the paper. While I am trained in and have worked in scientific fields, I am admittedly not a scientist, so I refer you to the blogs of PZ Myers , David Dobbs , and Rosie Redfield  for detailed analysis/straight-up debunking. In sum, per Redfield: “Executive Summary: Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.”
There’s nothing wrong with alternative theories – and certainly nothing wrong with leveling a critique at the scientific establishment – provided that they are supported by data and arguments that meet the epistemic criteria for scientificity. Even then, to propose an alternate theory of the origin of life is to propose a new creation myth – and as such any denunciation of the mythic nature of the consensus theory/narrative also denounces itself. And the “journal” in which Hoover’s paper appeared is rife with them – whether in articles or in press releases.”
How easy it is to jump from hope and wild speculation to such claims? Feynman gave a speech on cargo-cult science that warned of just this type of occurrence. Or…There are also huge pyramids in Bosnia, Russia is claiming Nazi UFO base was found in Antarctica finally, and so on. These claims must at least be examined within the light of how myth functions as a psychological force, and all such so-called conspiracy theories fall under these same rules as Carl Jung knew.