Aliens ignore us? Maybe we are already their prisoners in a ‘calactic zoo’

(Credit: Jayanne English, University of Manitoba, using data from the NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey, and NASA/IRAS)

Why is not the Earth to receive messages from extraterrestrials? Maybe because we are all ignorant inhabitants in a so-called galactic zoo.

This was one of the scenarios a group of international researchers viewed on 18 March at a meeting organized by the non-profit organization Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI). The meeting, which took place in the City of Science and Industry museum in Paris (Cité), brought together about 60 scientists who research the possibility of communication with the hypothetical intelligent aliens.

There, they discussed “The Great Silence” — why are the aliens not hesitate to contact us — exploring a possibility which is known as the “zoo hypothesis.” First introduced in the 1970s, it describes the Earth as a planet that is already under observation by the “galactic zookeepers” who deliberately conceal themselves from human discovery, Forbes reported. [9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet]

“If we try to get a better understanding of the universe, the question of whether we are alone is not to avoid it,” participant, Florence Raulin-Cerceau, an associate professor at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, told Paris-Match.

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That the heaven and the Earth the only planet to develop and host intelligent life among potentially billions of planets in our milky way alone seems very unlikely. But if there are intelligent aliens out there, where are they, and why have we not found yet? This riddle, which in 1950 by the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, is known as the Paradox of Fermi , and it still stymies experts today.

Fermi didn’t live to see, the evidence of the first exoplanets that were discovered decades after his death. Since 2014, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has confirmed the existence of hundreds of distant worlds, and the findings allude to the potential of 2,300 more. And yet, despite these exciting exoplanet discoveries, contact with alien beings seems no closer than in Fermi’s day.

Under alien observation?

A statement that scientists on the METI meeting, is that aliens are aware of Earth and are observing us as we would observe animals in a zoo, METI President Douglas Vakoch said in a workshop. If this is the case, people need to be more efforts to create messages capable of reaching our “keepers” to show that our intelligence, Vakoch explained.

For example, if a captive zebra suddenly touch off a pattern of the primes, has the human need to re-evaluate their understanding of the zebra cognition, “and we would be forced to respond,” according to EarthSky.

But what if we are not part of a huge alien zoo — what if, instead, humanity has been reviewed by alien civilizations, and then “quarantine” of our galactic neighbors?

It is possible that the aliens are actively isolate us from contact for our own good, because of the interaction with the aliens would be “culturally disruptive” for the Earth, meeting co-chairman Jean-Pierre Rospars, honorary director of research at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), said in a workshop.

Of course, it is also likely that we haven’t heard from aliens, because they are trapped under a layer of ice in underground oceans ; caught on a large “super-Earth” worlds by the gravity of the intense pull; or death due to their advanced civilizations have destroyed themselves, if mankind could by a runaway consumption of the earth’s natural resources.

Although, maybe if we want to hear from aliens, we just have to relax and be patient. After all, the Earth is about 4.6 billion years, while alien research is less than 100-year-old, Paris-Match reported.

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