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Is life on Earth considered a cosmic 'zoo' ?


Posted on Friday, 3 February, 2017 | Comment icon 46 comments

How would an advanced alien race perceive us ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Do intelligent extraterrestrials see our planet in the same way as we might see a nature reserve ?
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

One possible explanation for this is what is known as the zoo hypothesis.

First put forward by MIT radio astronomer John Ball back in 1973, this idea suggests that our cosmic neighbors may perceive us in much the same way as we might perceive animals in a zoo - worthy of study, certainly, but not on a level that would facilitate sitting down and starting a conversation.

It's also possible that they may simply want to avoid interfering with our society and evolution.

"An argument based on relative time scales suggests that the appropriate primitive Earth life is an animal such as those in our Ordovician geological epoch, namely mollusks and trilobites," said Bell.

"Now I can imagine talking with mammals and birds; indeed I've done it, although the conversation was on a pretty low intellectual level. But oysters ?

Source: Science Alert | Comments (46)

Tags: Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #37 Posted by john444 on 11 February, 2017, 20:20
Not only that, but this is close to the thesis of David Icke, and even Alex Jones has touched on it too. Is it a spreading meme, or different people identifying the truth at the same time?
Comment icon #38 Posted by DONTEATUS on 12 February, 2017, 4:22
Nah ! Its all about Getting your Garggleblaster sucked down and Having your towel and peanuts close at hand ! Just Remember "DONT PANIC"
Comment icon #39 Posted by woopypooky on 13 February, 2017, 14:55
NASA beg to differ with concept warp drives.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Rlyeh on 14 February, 2017, 9:50
What garbage.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Rlyeh on 14 February, 2017, 9:52
Not surprising as Jones uses movies to support some of his deranged claims
Comment icon #42 Posted by john444 on 14 February, 2017, 17:48
A lot of what Jones says is spot on, and a lot of it is bonkers, but it's an entertaining show, certainly more fun than watching CNN fake news or reading WaPo fake news.
Comment icon #43 Posted by taniwha on 17 February, 2017, 18:48
Possibly. However human life on the galactic scale is considered to be more or less a circus.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Hawkin on 18 February, 2017, 4:28
Comment icon #45 Posted by badeskov on 18 February, 2017, 10:01
Can you point to the points where Alex Jones is actually spot on, as I know of no such instances?Please be specific or stop the nonsense talk (which it very obviously is).
Comment icon #46 Posted by DONTEATUS on 8 March, 2017, 3:42
Bleach that gets the spots out , mostly, they come out at night ,mostly !


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