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In search of the truth

india Updated: Jun 26, 2012 11:39 IST
PP Wangchuk
PP Wangchuk
Hindustan Times
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When did life come into existence and who created it? Most of us believe it was God who created mankind. But some of us think it was something else that was behind life’s creation. It is also possible that life was just an accidental happening.

These issues will bother us until we get definite and convincing clues. More theories of origin and evolution of life will be churned out. Ridley Scott’s recently-released film, Prometheus, is one such attempt at understanding the origin of life. It takes us once again to the world of science fiction that compels one to think about one’s own origin.

Archaeologists, one of them an atheist, happen to stumble across a pictogram hidden in a cave on the beautiful isle of Skye, Scotland. After studying it, they conclude it to be a star map. Their curiosity is raised and they go for further probe.

A benevolent but dying billionaire funds their mission to probe the origin of life. They set out into the cosmos aboard the starship Prometheus and land on a rocky moon where they find a giant structure. They wonder whether this could hold the key to their search. for life’s origin.

They are also accompanied by one of their own creations – an android designed to be an exact human being. But what bothers them is that though the android is much more intelligent and has a greater and superior database; it hardly shows any curiosity for any kind of probe regarding their mission.

But there is hope. Scott has set the entire background in the year 2089, a long way to go before we get some clues. And, despite the theory of accidental development, and the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin and many others before him, the curiosity to find out the elusive ‘truth’ will never diminish.