Why They Don’t Visit – Alien Zoo Hypothesis Explained
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has yet to pull up evidence of alien life. Scientists have put forward numerous theories to explain why there are no aliens on Earth. However, the most fascinating has to be the Alien Zoo Hypothesis.
This theory speculates to answer the reason why an advanced extraterrestrial civilization refrains from contacting our planet. It’s speculated that alien purposely avoids communicating with our planet. Experts have postulated that aliens would do this to avoid interfering with our natural evolution and development. Extraterrestrials would avoid interplanetary contamination in a similar manner to how humans observe animals in a zoo.
The hypothesis tries to answer the lack of alien life contact despite the widely accepted idea that it must exist. The lack of contact may reflect their desire to prevent risk.
Experts in this theory have also proposed the idea that alien life may contact our world once we have hit a certain point. This means that our civilization must become developed enough – intellectually, spiritually, technologically, ethically, etc – for contact to occur.
When we look at the general overview of our world today, we can understand why aliens would not yet reach out to us.
The SETI website recently published an article on the Alien Zoo Hypothesis. They too question whether or not we are even worthy enough.
SETI Zoo Hypothesis
An article was written on the SETI website by Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer, questions if we are even ready.
The fact that we destroy our own planet, and kill other animals and humans, offers support to the zoo hypothesis. Aliens on Earth would clearly see that we are not civilized. Perhaps they are aware of our existence but purposely avoid communication with us.
Perhaps they do not necessarily believe we are imperfect, but respect that we deserve to rule our own destiny. This aspect is not far-fetched. Even our modern world implements rules and regulations to prevent Amazon tribes from being impacted and influenced by our modern technology. This may be the same case for a cosmic baring life force.
Those of you who are familiar with Sci-Fi may realize this is similar to Star Trek’s “Prime Directive.” This directive forbids cosmic members from communication with primitive life forms.
Some experts have suggested advanced alien life has ‘trapped’ us in some sort of cage. This cage prevents us from receiving contact from beyond the ‘bars’ of the enclosure. So, as the SETI project has sent numerous messages into space with no response, certain astronomers believe we are locked in a pen.
However, perhaps one day soon we may eventually receive a responding transmission.
Alien Zoo Hypothesis
The idea of the alien zoo hypothesis also presumes one more thing. It surmises that our world and civilization is important enough that more advanced life forms protect us. This theory would suppose that a cosmic government has regulations on how to deal with our small blue planet.
This, in turn, would require a lot of effort from an intellectual life to prevent contact from occurring.
It is safe to see that the Alien Zoo Hypothesis has a lot of assumptions. Experts still discuss their own opinions on this theory. Researchers met in Paris earlier this month to discuss the theory behind the lack of alien contact.
Zoo Hypothesis Assumptions
This theory assumes that alien life in the cosmos exists. Furthermore, it predicts that this life form is advanced and intelligent. So, could this be the case?
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