Ignunt Fool of the Week

Finally, the elusive question is answered… What delicacy do they eat in the Pleiades sector?

Tapioca.

So say people who believe that some of their ancestors came from the Pleiades sector.

It’s really depressing to me because I myself am an avid fan of Stargate and I hate to see the show that I love abused in this way… of course… Stargate does have a lot of New Age tosh now and I haven’t been able to watch it in a while for that reason.

Anyway, these people are not alone in thinking that one of their ancestors did it with an alien. There are loads of lunatics out there who believe that they are “star children”, or humans who think they have alien DNA.

But anyway, I would not like to show that it is competely impossible for anybody to be a star child.

In biology, a population of animals becomes defined as a species when they don’t interbreed with other species and produce fertile offspring. That’s here on Earth where everything has a common ancestor. Let’s humour the star children for a little bit and say that life evolved elsewhere (fairly possible for now), has DNA just like ours (more far-fetched), found a means of interstellar travel (progressively getting more far-fetched but there are ways)… What are the chances that their DNA is so similar that they can produce fertile offspring?

Eating tapioca in their sector doesn’t sound so far-fetched anymore.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. This “Star Children” idea is actually the canonical reason why Star Trek aliens are by and large humans with bumpy foreheads/pointed ears/whatever… and why they can interbreed. (Specifically, many of the planets in the Federation were seeded with humanoid DNA, which is why their inhabitants all came out humanoid.)

    Ruining science fiction, one series at a time.

  2. This particular disregard for the rules of genetics always annoys me.The fact that different species can’t interbreed SHOULD be common knowledge, yet it isn’t. Basic biology that is a need to know for anyone who wants to be taken seriously.

    By the way, I found your blog through Ex-Christian.Net. It’s always nice to see people my age who aren’t ignorant anti-intellectuals. Hope you keep up the good work! My own efforts may take a little longer – books don’t write themselves.

    (Also, kudos to a fellow Stargate fan.)

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