Why haven't we made contact with alien civilisations yet then? It's a question I ask myself on a daily basis... then I tell myself to shut up because they're not real. Rational? In denial? Hey, we can only go on the evidence on front of us.
But we may finally have stumbled across the truth. Aliens are real - in fact, they're so real that they've managed to fool us all along by intentionally hiding themselves and watching over humankind, as if they're keeping us in some sort of 'galactic zoo'. WHY DIDN'T WE REALISE THIS SOONER? It seems so plausible.
These two look pretty close. Credit: PA
This is according to a group of scientists who gathered in Paris earlier this week to discuss the possibility that UFOs are shielding us from the 'truth', because humans would struggle to cope with the reality of their existence.
Sounds like a lot of effort to me, but there we go.
I mean, if aliens were anything like us, their cover would've been blown by now - surely we all know one or two absolute imbeciles who would 110 percent give the game away at some stage.
This would be the best disguise - the aliens are actually dressed as dogs to fool us. Credit: PA
According to the MailOnline, researchers at the METI ('Messaging ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence') International meeting gathered at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie science museum to explore a question that dates back to the 1950s, now known as the 'Fermi Paradox', which basically asks: 'Where is everybody?'
The key to this paradox is that there are billions of stars similar to the Sun, dotted across the galaxy, many older than our own solar system. There's a high probability that many of these stars have Earth-like planets, and if our home planet is anything to go by, it's not unreasonable to imagine they may have developed intelligent life.
It goes further, positing that if there is intelligent life elsewhere, it may also have worked on space travel - like Earth - and yet we've seen no evidence to suggest that this is the case.
One of the people trying to unfold the subject in a rather bizarre way was co-chair Jean-Pierre Rospars, who said: "It seems likely that extraterrestrials are imposing a 'galactic quarantine' because they realise it would be culturally disruptive for us to learn about them."
Seems about right, Jean-Pierre.
And he didn't stop there (unfortunately) because Jean-Pierre - who is also the honorary research director at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - continued: "We can expect the repeated, independent emergence of intelligent species in the universe, and we should expect to see more or less similar forms of intelligence everywhere, under favourable conditions.
"There's no reason to think that humans have reached the highest cognitive level possible. Higher levels might evolve on Earth in the future and already be reached elsewhere."
Adding fuel to the proverbial fire, Douglas Vakoch, president of METI, said: "Perhaps extraterrestrials are watching humans on Earth, much like we watch animals in a zoo.
"How can we get the galactic zookeepers to reveal themselves?"
According to Forbes, this 'zoo hypothesis' was first suggested in the 1970s.
We're just wondering how much they're charging to get inside, and what the gift shop's like.
In the meantime, for the same effect you can always just people-watch from a café window.
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