Extraterrestrial Life

Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Humans Might Be Too Stupid For Aliens

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The Fermi paradox—which basically asks "Where are all the aliens?"—has been driving scientists wild for some time. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks that aliens may be too smart to interfere with life on Earth. But he also thinks they may already be here...

This Is What Neil Has To Say

In a Business Insider video, Neil deGrasse Tyson admits he has "unorthodox thoughts" on the matter of aliens. Where are they? The famed astrophysicist and host of StarTalk Radio poses the possibility that aliens already have visited Earth, but no one noticed. How would we know if we were walking among the masses of people in Times Square and we brushed shoulders with E.T.? But a more serious thought is that aliens may be more intelligent than humans are even able to comprehend. Think of it like this: A worm on the sidewalk is probably unaware that humans, these amazingly intelligent beings, are walking all around them on Earth. Are we the worms wriggling around at the feet of super-smart extraterrestrials?

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Why Do We Care About Aliens?

Who doesn't want to know if we're all alone in the universe? If we are in fact not alone (the chances against which are microscopically tiny), then that means there are other places in the universe that can host life. The possibilities of what to do with that knowledge is virtually limitless.

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Watch And Learn: Wrap Your Head Around The Ever-Frustrating Fermi Paradox

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Worried That Humans Are Too Stupid For Aliens

His reasoning makes a lot of sense.

Bill Nye's Answer To The Fermi Paradox

"Be patient."

An Introduction To The Fermi Paradox

Here are even more solutions and ideas about the Fermi paradox.

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