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If Universe is Ocean, Humans Have Searched For Aliens in Swimming Pool, Claims New Study

by Nirmal Narayanan                  October 10, 2018                   (ibtimes.sg)

• The Italian/American physicist, Enrico Fermi, famously asked, if there are millions of galaxies and stars out there in the deep space, why humans have not met any advanced intelligent alien forms until now?

• ‘It is idiotic to conclude intelligent aliens do not exist nearby just because humans haven’t found them,’ said SETI astronomer Jill Tarter.

• Scientists haven’t found any intelligent extraterrestrials yet just because we have not started looking for them vigorously. A new study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University has revealed that humans have searched just 0.00000000000000058% of the universe to find potential alien signals. In other words, if the universe was an ocean, humans have searched for aliens in barely a swimming pool’s worth of water.

• For its part, NASA recently revealed that it is working to locate alien civilizations by examining “Technosignatures” of life, including laser emissions, Dyson spheres and heat signatures in deep space.

 

A new study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University has revealed that humans have searched just 0.00000000000000058% of the universe to find potential alien signals. In layman’s language, if the universe is an ocean, humans have searched for aliens in barely a swimming pool’s worth of water.

        Enrico Fermi

The study, published in the journal arXiv, could have also found the solution to the billion dollar Fermi paradox, which states if there are millions of galaxies and stars out there in the deep space, why humans have not met any advanced intelligent alien forms until now.

The study reveals that scientists haven’t found any intelligent extraterrestrials yet just because we have not started looking for them vigorously. Researchers who took part in the study believe that aliens, somewhere in that ocean of space might be signaling their existence, but until now, we have not looked into that deep corner.

               Jill Tarter

“Suppose I tell you there’s a cool thing happening in Houston right now. I do not tell you where it is. I do not tell you when it is happening. I do not tell you what it is. Is it in a bookstore? Is it a music concert? I give you absolutely no priors. It would be a difficult thing to try and find it. Houston, we have a problem. We do not know what we’re looking for … and we don’t know where to start,” said Shubham Kanodia, a graduate student in astronomy who co-wrote the study at a NASA workshop on Technosignatures.

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If the Pentagon Is Hiding Aliens from Us, the Zoo Hypothesis May Explain Why

by Paul Ratner           December 26, 2017          (bigthink.com)

• Recent revelations that the Pentagon had an actual alien-hunting division have rocked conspiracy theorists, adding fuel to the long-held beliefs that the government is hiding the truth from us.

• While the government may be privy to unexplained encounters with flying objects, why haven’t the aliens made their presence known to the rest of us? If this is a universe brimming with intelligent life, ”where is everybody?” as the Nobel laureate physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked.

• The answer may be found in “The Zoo Hypothesis” proposed by the MIT radio astronomer John A. Ball in 1973. Ball said that aliens may be avoiding contact with us on purpose, so as not to interfere with our evolution and the development of our societies. By staying clear of us, they avoid interplanetary contamination. Perhaps the aliens are waiting for us to reach a certain technological or moral point before they will reveal themselves to the mass population. Or they may be simply trying to protect themselves.

• This idea of The Zoo Hypothesis presumes that aliens would want to have some relatively benevolent system of belief – perhaps a universally-accepted law about how to treat lower-level cosmic inhabitants. Maybe that’s what the Earth’s alien hunters are picking up on – random, unsanctioned interactions. It also stands to reason that if there is some kind of Universe-wide law of non-interference with other species, someone at the Pentagon could be in on it.

[Editor’s Note]  I would say that John Ball got it half-right. The benevolent ET beings do abide by a non-interference code, just like in Star Trek. However, there are also malevolent ET beings swarming all around us who don’t reveal themselves because secrecy is a big part of their manipulative plan for humanity on Earth. And yes, the government is in on it.

 

Recent revelations that the Pentagon had an actual alien-hunting division have rocked conspiracy theorists everywhere, adding fuel to the long-held beliefs of many that the government is hiding the truth from us. Luis Elizondo, the military intel official who headed the now-defunct “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program,” which ran from 2009 until 2012, was so convinced by what he saw that he continued his search for E.T. until this day. He now has a UFO-research startup and alerted CNN that there’s “compelling evidence” we are not alone.

While Elizondo’s evidence may be based on being privy to a number of unexplained encounters with flying objects, the aliens haven’t made their presence very clear. If the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies full of billions of stars like our sun, shouldn’t there be other complex life forms out there by now? It would only make sense. So “where is everybody?” as the Nobel laureate physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked about the absence of evidence and the high probability of alien existence.

There are certainly many speculations about whether the possibility of aliens and their potential motives. It could be that there’s been no contact because they are too far away, and we need for our technologies to catch up before we meet up. They could look like something else entirely so we can’t even perceive them yet. Or maybe we underestimate the uniqueness and preciousness of humanity and we really are alone. But an idea formulated in the 70’s takes a different swing at this compelling issue.

                         John A. Ball

The Zoo Hypothesis, proposed by the MIT radio astronomer John A. Ball in 1973, says that aliens may be avoiding contact with us on purpose, so as not to interfere with our evolution and the development of our societies. The human civilization could be essentially living in a “zoo” or a space wildlife sanctuary, where others populating the cosmos dare not go. By staying clear of us, they avoid interplanetary contamination.

Perhaps the aliens are waiting for us to reach a certain technological or moral point before they will talk to us. Or they may be simply trying to protect us and themselves. You’ve seen “Independence Day” – there may be a similar movie made thousands of light years away about us.

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