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Could Life Be Older Than Earth Itself?

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The results suggest life first appeared about 10 billion years ago, far older than the Earth's projected age of 4.5 billion years.

So even if it's mathematically possible for life to have existed before Earth did, is it physically possible? Again, Sharov and Gordon said yes, it is. 

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The answer is that the space-time continuum itself is constantly in a state of coalescing. When space-time had major variations in its nature, nothing from the time of the variations can be measured correctly in terms of today's time, because the whole backdrop of space-time was different in the distant past.

This means that stars that are 13 billion light-years from earth, and light that has been traveling from them for what we thinks was all that time, is something that would be completely different, time-measurement-wise, back 6,000 years ago.

For example, the first and second verses of the Bible say, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, ..." The Bible goes on to say in verse 3, "And God said, 'Let there be light," and there was light." Verse 5, "... And there was evening and there was morning - the first day."

Notice that in the "time" between the beginning and the "time" of the first day, space-time had not coalesced enough, had not "congealed" enough, into what we call days, weeks, months, years - the way we measure time - so that it is anything recognizable by our standards of space-time measurement. Space-time existed. But it was so completely different than it is now, that we will forever be in the dark about the distant past, and about the way things came into being, if we don't FIRST take into account an understanding of the coalescing of whole space-time backdrop.

In other words, general time and space acted so differently from what it does now, that we can never get accurate answers about the prehistoric past if we base the prehistory space-time workings on the way space-time works now.

Has this coalescing stopped? Probably not. But it has slowed way down, almost in a way similar to the way many plastics congeal in a few moments after creation of a plastic object. Yet the curing process of the plastic goes on for years and years, often long after the object has been discarded to the landfill.

And glass, though it never stops being a liquid (even though it feels solid), which can be readily molded during the time it is in the glass-blower's smelting pot, takes hundreds of years in its "solid" state to sag like the liquid that it really is.

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