The aliens are coming to invade earth – Quick, look dumb!

Unless we’re already pets in a giant alien zoo, in which case, don’t bother

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.

Human Buffet

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.

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 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.