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Has ET already dismissed us as unintelligent?

Posted on Wednesday, 4 June, 2014 | Comment icon 399 comments

Tyson speaking in 2009 at the Apollo 40th anniversary event. Image Credit: NASA
Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has suggested that we may already be in a post alien contact era.
While SETI focuses its efforts on finding evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence out in space, there are some who believe that aliens may have already been visiting us for some time.

In a recent interview with MSNBC, astrophysicist and Cosmos presenter Neil DeGrasse Tyson has put forward a third possibility, one that most of us aren't going to like. The concept centers around the fact that it is only by our own definition that we have determined what constitutes "intelligent" life in the universe.

"My great fear is that we've in fact been visited by intelligent aliens, but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there's no sign of intelligent life on Earth," he said.

It has long been speculated that our understanding of the universe may be severely limited by our perceptual capabilities. Perhaps to a sufficiently intelligent alien species a human being appears no more intelligent than an insect - a primitive life form barely capable of comprehension.

"The audacity of us to even claim we can define intelligence," said Tyson.

Source: CNET | Comments (399)

Tags: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #390 Posted by badeskov on 13 August, 2014, 7:00
Indeed. There was a reason why the AN/APG radar on the F-16 fighter jets were upgraded in the mid-nineties. It was to reduce the false alarm rate and improve CFAR. Despite what certain segments of the UFO crowd believes, RADAR is actually very susceptible to atmospheric conditions. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #391 Posted by psyche101 on 13 August, 2014, 7:15
Thank you Hawkin, I think you are a really decent bloke as well. I like the questions you ask, and how you ask them. I wish more people would follow your lead mate. This should be a discussion, no reason we cannot get along just because we do not agree on a certain conclusion. Heck, if that was the case Marriage would be redundant!!! In fact I have taken quite a shine to you mate, I'd buy you a beer any day of the week and I would have a great time conversing with you in person. You are a rational and reasonable person, that is all it takes to have a great discussion in here.... [More]
Comment icon #392 Posted by DONTEATUS on 14 August, 2014, 3:26
Do I read all this correctly ? That people thru out all the years of sightings,and radar contacts say that all sightings and said contacts are false,weather,related,glitches, ect missinterpatations ? Now please help me thru this a bit? Everyone or at least some believe that there has been no such events on this world? Not too open minded to say the least ! I for one do actually know a bit about the aviation industry,What I saw was not of this world, nor made by Humans. And for sure was not a weather ,or Plasma event. Just my two cents ! No need to reply.
Comment icon #393 Posted by badeskov on 14 August, 2014, 4:47
Thank you for the kind words Psyche, they are very much appreciated albeit I am not sure that they are deserved. Trust me, you stand just well on your own two feet Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #394 Posted by kartikg on 14 August, 2014, 15:47
I like to agree but I think only a tiny fraction of the population is into space travel right now. Just look around you people doing things which are not even remotely related to space travel. And if it was there last ditch efforts they would have not saved themselves in the form of apes or whatever we evolved from. We would have directly been humans or homo sapiens instead of going through evolution
Comment icon #395 Posted by klambo on 14 August, 2014, 23:16
For you to make that assertion you would need to be a true expert in so many different disciplines, which include astronomy, meteorolgy.........not to mention top secret millitary craft. Again just because YOU could not match watch you saw with anything that YOU could reference.........doesn't mean that noone else could or that it was "not of this world".
Comment icon #396 Posted by Ichihara on 15 August, 2014, 0:36
no because they didnt met us yet. and we are intellignet overall. if ET met us they would label as rather as corrupted.
Comment icon #397 Posted by DONTEATUS on 15 August, 2014, 3:41
No one else ? I was the only one at the event,sighting. No one else was there to see what I saw. And I do know what Im looking at. I didnt fall off the turnip truck for nothing !
Comment icon #398 Posted by Merc14 on 15 August, 2014, 4:00
What did you see that was so life changing?

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