We may be pets in a giant alien zoo.
If not, hopefully, a hyper-intelligent alien race will find nothing on earth intelligent enough to kill.
These are the thoughts of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Starmus conference in Tenerife, Spain.
There actually is a Zoo Hypothesis that was thought up to answer the question “Where, in the universe, is everybody?”
The theory suggests that alien life is simply ignoring us, forcing us to live in a cosmic ‘zoo’ or wildlife sanctuary where they can monitor our activity without disturbing it.
We have attended too many family reunions with our chimp cousins to understand an hyper-intelligent alien race.
“We would not be able to comprehend [the aliens] simplest of thoughts any more than a chimp can understand ‘Let’s got have dinner at the buffet later I’m going to have some carbohydrates and protein because I’m on a low-fat diet’. What would that sentence mean to a chimp?” he joked.
Our dumbness could save us – allowing us to live in blissful ignorance in an elaborate zoo called Earth.
The Zoo Hypothesis compares an advanced alien race communicating with us to a human attempting to converse with an oyster.
“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?”
Pong is Proof
Earlier this month Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said there was only a “one in a billion” chance that we weren’t living in a simulation.
His argument? “…Forty years ago we had pong. Like two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were.”
So the best case scenario is that we are being kept docile in a giant alien zoo by a superior alien race OR living in a virtual reality-type simulation.
Explains the weird politics.
Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.