The Zoo Theory gains powers once again as a theory that might explain why aliens haven’t contacted us. It proposes that aliens act like zookeepers avoiding contact with human beings to let them function normally and perform their everyday tasks.
The Zoo Theory was first proposed in 1973, by astronomer John A. Ball. It explains that human beings are too unevolved and uncivilized for aliens to pose a threat to them. However, they have watched us for all whole existence. The Zoo Theory is making headlines once again for its strange explanation of why there hasn’t been a confirmed alien sighting to this day.
“An OC [other civilization] that is, say, a century younger than we are might not be able to communicate over interstellar distances; a century ago we couldn’t,” Ball wrote. “And an OC a millennium older than we are would probably be using a technology for interstellar communications, such as modulated gamma rays, that we humans haven’t yet learned how to do.”
Aliens are the zookeepers of human beings
The so-called “Zoo Theory” was proposed more than four decades ago when Massachusetts Institute of Technology radio astronomer John A. Ball wrote about the behavior of aliens towards human beings. He said the whole thing is like a zoo where the aliens are the zookeepers.
Therefore, they take care of humans but also avoid having contact with the creatures to let them be as normal as possible by no interfering with their behavior. Aliens are watching us all the times, and they allow us to evolve naturally.
This theory, therefore, states that aliens exist but are hiding on purpose, and they are way more evolved than humans, maybe they are part of an older civilization. These aliens are smarter, but not powerful enough to take over the universe. They are curious about us, and that is why so many people claim to have seen UFOs.
“Why are we unaware of ETI (Extraterrestrial intelligence)? A premise of most searches is that ETI are trying to communicate with us, but we are not quite clever enough to see or hear them. I suggest, instead, that if ETI had chosen to announce their presence to us, we would be aware. Since we are not, I presume they have not,” wrote Ball.
In a 2016 article by the Science alert, they explain that the zoo theory is plausible because it is likely for other civilizations to exist on other planets. It there is life outside Earth, it has evolved at a much faster rate that life changed on planet Earth.
Is life on other planets more evolved than life on Earth?
Though many believe that if aliens exist it is because they are more evolved, there is no ground to think that. Other theories suppose the exact contrary, considering that life exists outside the Earth, but it is a non-intelligent life, a premature and unevolved kind of life.
For example, scientists have been studying planets and other moons, such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus hoping it has all the necessary elements to the development of life. They consider it has an ocean that could be habitable, but if life is found there, it can only be microbial forms of life.
Despite all the efforts made by scientists down on Earth to confirm any form of life outside the planet, it seems that humans are the only intelligent life existing in the entire universe. Last months, some scientists conducted the first search of signals from aliens. However, they found nothing in a distance of 50 parsecs (963 trillion miles) from Earth in all directions.
So, no evidence might lead people to think that aliens exist, whether they are more intelligent than us or if they are just a simple form of life. Some researchers, however, are confident that – despite the futile efforts made up until now – they will find the proof of alien life.
For example, earlier this year, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak, “bet everybody a cup of coffee” that scientists will find and confirm intelligent ways of life in other places of the universe in a period not longer than 20 years.
On this, Ball said that humans could not look for life in planets that are similar to Earth, as scientists have been seeking. Ball believes that Earth-like planets are only suitable places for ETI to originate from, but not to exist. Elements like warmth, air, and gravity could actually be detrimental to ETIs, and we might not understand why because they are much more advanced than us.
“Now I can imagine talking with mammals and birds; indeed I’ve done it, although the conversation was on a pretty low intellectual level. But oysters? The point is that if this analogy is good for anything, then our relationship with typical ETI is probably nothing like the relationship of a primitive human tribe with technological man, which analogy seems to be in the minds of many who propose ETI searches, but instead is more like the relationship of an animal, a rather primitive animal with mankind,” he explains.