We are blind to alien life because of dark matter, study says

Scientists have proposed the idea that dark matter and dark energy are making us humans blind to alien life.

According to researchers at University of Cadiz in Spain, our unique perception of the Universe and its dimensions is limiting our abilities to understand other dimensions and because of that we remain blind to alien life which possibly exist in dimensions that humans cannot perceive.

Through a new experiment the team at the University tried to contemplate other possibilities, for example, beings of dimensions that our mind cannot grasp; or intelligences based on dark matter or energy forms, which make up almost 95 per cent of the universe and which we are only beginning to glimpse. They asked 137 people to distinguish aerial photographs with artificial structures (buildings, roads) from others with natural elements (mountains, rivers).

In one of the images, a tiny character disguised as a gorilla was inserted to see if the participants noticed.

“It is very striking, but very significant and representative at the same time, how our brain works,” said one of the authors.

“Before doing the test to see the inattentional blindness we assessed the participants with a series of questions to determine their cognitive style (if they were more intuitive or rational), and it turned out that the intuitive individuals identified the gorilla of our photo more times than those more rational and methodical,” he said.

“If we transfer this to the problem of searching for other non-terrestrial intelligences, the question arises about whether our current strategy may result in us not perceiving the gorilla,” he said.

“Our traditional conception of space is limited by our brain, and we may have the signs above and be unable to see them. Maybe we’re not looking in the right direction,” de la Torre said.

“We can have the signal in front of us and not perceive it or be unable to identify it. If this happened, it would be an example of the cosmic gorilla effect. In fact, it could have happened in the past or it could be happening right now,” he said.

In the study published in the journal Acta Astronautica, researchers also pose how different classes of intelligent civilizations could be.

They present a classification with three types based on five factors – biology, longevity, psychosocial aspects, technological progress and distribution in space.

An example of Type 1 civilisations is ours, which could be ephemeral if it mishandles technology or planetary resources, or if it does not survive a cataclysm.

However, it could also evolve into a Type 2 civilization, characterised by the long longevity of its members, who control quantum and gravitational energy, manage space-time and are able to explore galaxies.

The third type of intelligent civilization, the most advanced, would be constituted by exotic beings, with an eternal life, capable of creating in multidimensional and multiverse spaces, and with an absolute dominion of dark energy and matter.