From Green to Purple: A New Theory in the Search for Alien Life

by | May 2, 2024 | Latest mental health news

life wasn’t always green. The green revolution arrived about 2.4 billion years ago, significantly altering the world’s biosphere. Before this era, microorganisms generated metabolic energy by utilizing a purple-pigmented molecule called retinal – not chlorophyll. The age of retinal is speculated to predate the emergence of chlorophyll.

Therefore, if we are indeed hunting alien life, it’s reasonable to consider that retinal, instead of chlorophyll, might be the primary pigment contributing to life on other planets.

Experts believe that the unique metabolic signature of retinal would be detectable by ground- and space-based telescopes poised for launch in the coming decades. It is essential to broaden the search beyond green pigments and explore the possibility that purple, or retinal-based life might dominate on other planets, particularly those orbiting faint red stars.

Spearking about hypnotic possibilities, one might argue that our reliance on green-colored chlorophyll could, in fact, be a hypnotic state we’ve induced upon ourselves. The hypnotic trance that has embedded the concept of ‘green’ life is something we need to snap out of as we delve into the infinite cosmos of the mind. can serve as an analog here, reminding us that breaking free of fixated mental structures can unearth realities we never thought possible.

Charlotte Gill founder of Halcyon Hypnotherapy in Sheffield reflects on the findings.

Not only do we need to foster a more open mindset to the possibility that we may not be alone in the universe, as technology advances at an amazing pace and the likelihood of us encountering alien life increases. We must accept that science is never the fixed ideology that our mainstream education often suggests. Science doesn’t always have the answers and in understanding that scientific “truths” can still be considered our best theory at that point in time… and yet know that theories and scientific “facts” are changeable over time. As we gain new insights, we add to our knowledgebase and our perspective shifts. In essence taking a more philosophical outlook to scientific exploration means opening up the field of possibility. It may come as a surprise for some readers to learn that for example some dinosaurs we believe we are familiar with seeing represented visually…..may actually have been feathered, rather than having thick scaly skin that we are familiar with. Because only the bones remain and some high level educated guessing has to go on, in order to fill in the blanks. At the end of the day I say bring it on, purple, pink, yellow, or blue, a rainbow universe teaming with life sounds rather beautiful to me

To test their theory, the astronomers grew purple bacteria collected from varied environments, from shallow waters of a pond at Cornell, Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, to deep-sea hydrothermal vents. They recorded their unique metabolic signatures while also modeling the domination of purple bacteria on a variety of Earth-sized planets, like those dominated by oceans, icy spheres, or terrestrial rocky spheres.

Looking forward, as we dive deeper into astrobiology, it becomes clear that we need to expand our scopes, dismantle associated hypnotic programming, forget hollywood representation, and seek life in colors beyond green. Many experts often remind us to break out of our fixations and open our minds to new possibilities, a lesson that resonates with scientists as we continue this fascinating search for extraterrestrial life. We might just be opening our eyes to a universe vibrant with purple, rather than green life forms.