Red Rains and the fancies of Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe.
Posted on December 25th, 2012

R  Chandrasoma

Red rains hve been experienced in many parts of the world “”…” most notably in Kerala, India where exhausive studies have been done on samples collected at various sites. The conclusion reached by Indian experts is as follows “”…””ƒ”¹…”The color was found to be due to the presence of a large amount of spores of a lichen-forming alga belonging to the genus Trentepohlia.  Field verification showed that the region had plenty of such lichens. Samples of lichen taken from Changanacherry area, when cultured in an algal growth medium, also showed the presence of the same species of algae. Both samples (from rainwater and from trees) produced the same kind of algae, indicating that the spores seen in the rainwater most probably came from local sources’.

There is a well known principle that governs scientific explanation. It is that which is expressed as follows  – Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitate. (entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity).  In common parlance, this means that the simpler explanation is more likely to be true than a complex or farfetched fancy account of things. It is this principle that Prof.Wickramasinghe  flouts in thinking of “ƒ”¹…”cosmic explanations’ for humdrum events in our sublunar world. He and his “ƒ”¹…”Guru” Fred Hoyle are known worldwide for their “ƒ”¹…”theory’ that after the original seeding of the Earth (Panspermia) organic evolution was directed by the reception of “ƒ”¹…”cosmic packages’ from developed life elsewhere. They rejected the Darwinian thesis that planetary life evolved through forces that had nothing to do with a greater alien life in the Cosmos. In pursuit of this outlandish thesis “”…” which is emphatically rejected by the scientific  community “”…” he and his colleague Hoyle have made choice blunders “”…” including his assertion that Archaeopteryx – the fossil find “”…” is a fake. He has also sided with the Creationists  is denouncing Darwinian Evolution. It is no great surprise that such a scholar will see the cosmos in a pail of red rain.

2 Responses to “Red Rains and the fancies of Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe.”

  1. mjaya Says:

    Well said Mr. Chandrasoma

    Chandra Wick. is renown for his science fiction, the problem is no one among the SL academic community dares criticize him for fear of censure.

    Good to see your writing simple like in this article. It is the way to go…..

  2. Dilrook Says:

    I agree with these sentiments.

    Dr Wicrkamasinghe has unfortunately veered too far from reality. His views about virus/microbes transfer to earth during the Venus transit was equally fictional.

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