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Ask your friends, why scientists have failed to find aliens, and you can be sure that at least one of them will offer the following reply: People do not stand.
We are imperfect beings. We are regularly threatened by one another, not to mention the other species and the environment. It does not sound very civilized, and it offers a plausible explanation for the absence of extraterrestrial contact. Perhaps the aliens that we are here, but do not want to deal with us – either through communication or visits.
This idea is infinitely attractive. It is also old. In 1973, MIT radio astronomer John Ball has published an article in which he suggested that the lack of success in discovering the space company was not due to lack of foreigners. It is because these otherworldly experiencing arranged a non-interference policy.
They kept their distance, not because we are imperfect, but because of our right to pursue our own destiny. Diversity & # 39 is that everything in the cosmos assumed importance because the Life-bearing world should be left to their own evolutionary development.
It can happen to you, that the idea of the Ball sounds something like the famous "Prime Directive," Star Trek, which forbade Space member of the Federation to do anything that might interfere with other cultures and civilizations, even if it is interfering with the good intentions. MIT astronomer suggests that we could not make contact with aliens, not because we are not worthy, but because we deserve – the way endangered eels.
The ball went a step further, suggesting that we may live in a metaphorical zoo – a kind of Eden space. Aliens galaxy somehow arranged it so that our planet is shielded by their unilateral bars: They can watch us, but we can not watch them.
One good thing about this hypothesis with a & # 39 is that it provides a solution to a long-standing puzzle known as the Fermi paradox. Stitched, almost 70 years ago, physicist Enrico Fermi, he relies on the fact that the universe is very old. Thus, if intelligent life with the & # 39 is common, some of them certainly have progressed enough to colonize the entire galaxy. We need to see evidence of foreigners around the world. The fact that we could not be explained by the hypothesis of Ball – we deliberately isolated.
The zoo hypothesis has been in the news lately, because it also provides a basis for activities, known as the METI, short messaging extraterrestrial intelligence. Simply put, practitioners METI transmit radio signals into space in the hope of provoking a response from any foreigners who might pick them up. In 2017, a Norwegian dish was used to beam a message to the star system 12 light-years.
Earlier this month, the whole enterprise was discussed by researchers at a meeting in Paris. Douglas Vakoch, METI President International, San Francisco organization, organized by the Norwegian transmission, called Zoo hypothesis as a possible justification for broadcasting. In the end, if the hypothesis is true, then it is clear why our efforts to find signals from space have been unsuccessful. We mindlessly walked our earth cells and aliens to save your distance and watch.
But as Vakoch says a one-way scenario can be changed. If a zoo animal suddenly starts barking through the bars, saying: "I am here, and I think you're out there," those on the other hand, could answer.
Simply put, intentional transmission of Meti to lead to the discovery of cosmic company because broadcasting is to say to foreigners that we no longer need their paternity helicopter. We adults are enough for them to get in touch.
However, the zoo hypothesis depends on the Earth's life & # 39 is really important – our existence is enough that he dictates the behavior of the society, which can be millions or billions of years more advanced appears to be significant. And the idea of the Ball requires the entire galaxy compact to keep all traces of reasonable inhabitants – radio signals, laser flashes of the end, even the building can be easily detected megastructure – from being visible earthlings. How would you do it, even if you have a highly developed alien?
Moreover, the idea that all the aliens are trying to preserve the evolution of our planet free and natural sounds strange, self-centered and a little too altruistic. Let's face it: Prem & # 39; er directive has never been in vogue with us. Indeed, we seem to prefer the opposite: in the world, we interfere with each other's cultural development all the time.
Thus, the zoo hypothesis, it seems more than a little forced. On the other hand, I must admit that it concealed.
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