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Are we getting desperate or what?: A “cosmic gorilla effect” could blind the detection of aliens?

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From ScienceDaily:

One of the problems that have long intrigued experts in cosmology is how to detect possible extraterrestrial signals. Are we really looking in the right direction? Maybe not, according to the study that the neuropsychologists Gabriel de la Torre and Manuel García, from the University of Cádiz, publish in the journal Acta Astronautica.

“When we think of other intelligent beings, we tend to see them from our perceptive and conscience sieve; however we are limited by our sui generis vision of the world, and it’s hard for us to admit it,” says De la Torre, who prefers to avoid the terms ‘extraterrestrial’ or aliens by its Hollywood connotations and use another more generic, as ‘non-terrestrial’.

“What we are trying to do with this differentiation is to contemplate other possibilities — he says-, for example, beings of dimensions that our mind cannot grasp; or intelligences based on dark matter or energy forms, which make up almost 95% of the universe and which we are only beginning to glimpse. There is even the possibility that other universes exist, as the texts of Stephen Hawking and other scientists indicate.”

The authors state that our own neurophysiology, psychology and consciousness can play an important role in the search for non-terrestrial civilizations; an aspect that they consider has been neglected until now.Paper. (paywall) – Gabriel G. De la Torre, Manuel A. Garcia. The cosmic gorilla effect or the problem of undetected non terrestrial intelligent signals. Acta Astronautica, 2018; 146: 83 DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.02.036 More.

Here is a useful dissertation idea that could become a good book: How did this kind of speculation get to be classed as science?

See also: Fixing the unfixable Drake equation

Gorilla effect? Here.

5 Replies to “Are we getting desperate or what?: A “cosmic gorilla effect” could blind the detection of aliens?

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    tribune7 says:

    Here is a useful dissertation idea that could become a good book: How did this kind of speculation get to be classed as science?

    You don’t need a dissertation. When a certain type acquires power they support the like-minded to increase it, and when they get to the point where they can set the rules or corrupt existing ones, it becomes money for nothing and there is no one to stop them.

    And this is what it is about: Money. Not truth or understanding or betterment of society but money and license.

    Why did Jerry Sandusky last as long as he did? It wasn’t because of the football coach. The coach dropped him like a hot potato right after the first allegation.

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    ScuzzaMan says:

    We just know those non-terrestrials are out there but we can’t see them, detect them, interact with them, because reasons.

    But we know they’re there.

    Sounds like Dark Matter to me.

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    ET says:

    And what if we have seen them, detected them and interacted with them?

    What if it was decided that the people could not cope with the news or would not cooperate with the people in power once the news was out?

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    When we think of other intelligent beings, we tend to see them from our perceptive and conscience sieve….

    I’m not sure the authors meant “conscience;” did they mean “conscious?”
    They may have stumbled on the truth, however. The fundamental law of the universe is moral, not physical, and the best sensor for detecting the “non-terrestrial” life that is out there is our feeling of moral guilt before a moral law-giver. Sadly, they suppress it but compensate and soothe their consciences by looking in all the wrong places.

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    ET @ 3:

    And what if we have seen them, detected them and interacted with them?

    What if it was decided that the people could not cope with the news or would not cooperate with the people in power once the news was out?

    They already did! See the gospel of Matthew, chapters 27-28. But truth worth knowing will out, and it did, when light and life are on the other side.

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