American astrophysicist and popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson believes that a sufficiently intelligent extraterrestrial civilization would have no interest in humans and whether they made contact. We “would we like a chimpanzee, a baby or your pet.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who presented a new production, called Cosmos, made this statement during a talk with Jill Tarter, former director of the SETI Center for Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe Carl Sagan, the creator of that science series, he co – founded.
DeGrasse, who is an associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History researcher, explained that, in relation to intelligence and despite wars, humanity “has improved and there is some hope in terms of natural evolution: in terms of how we treat ourselves and how we would treat aliens.”
However, the researcher said, a sufficiently intelligent extraterrestrial civilization would have no interest in humans as “if you go down the street you do not think about communicating with a microscopic worm”, he quipped, “our greatest protection against aliens would not show signs of intelligent life on Earth. “
When you think the closest genetically to humans (a genetic difference of 1 percent), the chimpanzee, continued Neil deGrasse, animal species realizes that the smartest thing you can do is to stack boxes, eat a banana and perhaps a rudimentary sign language, like a human baby that makes two years.
Given the above, he continued, “how would we aliens?”. For perhaps they would see the most intelligent human “as the chimpanzee, your baby or your pet, and say that Stephen Hawking is a little smarter than the rest because it can make astrophysical calculations like his son just came from the nursery” .
Therefore, he continued DeGrasse, confident that if a contact with a civilization of superior intelligence what they do is “to create a zoo and get there and occasionally they throw little things, asteroids or foreign politicians like Trump” occurs.
Also, the disclosure if “terraform” asked another planet Mars and send half the population, 4,000 million people, it would be realistic. Before this, he replied that “the effort to get there is greater than the need to change the course of a murderer asteroid”, which has more urgently “think protect ourselves.”
In this regard, Jill Tarter said that intelligence has evolved “so you do not devour: a trick of evolution and the relationship between prey and predator wherever there is life.”
The former director of the SETI program noted that this corner of the galaxy our solar system is very young and if the technology lasts a significant period of time the exercise of throwing the dart toward a sample of intelligent life “is more likely to hit the target “.
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