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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Is Earth an alien zoo?


A new study says that Earth is home to (approximately) 8.7 million species.

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There has, almost from the beginning of the modern UFO era (1947), been a few hypothetical thrusts saying that Earth might be a zoo where species have been brought or created and dispersed for extraterrestrial purposes which remain totally hidden.

The idea may seem fanciful at first glance, but isn’t outside the realm of possibility,

The idea, along with the penal colony thesis, can be elaborated upon and made sensible when one examines the idea that an alien species from other worlds, should there be any, could very well use the Earth as a laboratory or park containing animals, plants, humans, insects, reptiles, and other elements of life.

This would explain the vast array of UFO visitations over the years, and supports the hypothesis that alien beings have taken a particular interest in the Earth as regards atomic or ecological devastation, both of which having the potential to destroy eons of lab work or eliminating an extraterrestrial “vacation venue.”

Earth could be the lab-source for species meant to be seeded throughout the galaxies or, at least, one of the lab-sources.

Wikipedia has a succinct review of the Alien zoo hypothesis ,which may be read by clicking HERE.

For me, the zoo idea is not as zany as many other hypotheses which have pummeled UFO devotees of the years.

What do you think?

RR

14 Comments:

  • I'm pretty much tied to the conventional explanations for the diversity of life on this special planet. There's more invention and complexity in the scientific hypotheses than even the Exopolitics maestros can muster.

    Part of the fun of ufology and sci-fi is being able to speculate anyway. Following your suggestions, perhaps there's a Von Neumann probe scenario with an AI mission to ensure life spreads across worlds in this hostile universe?

    The stories of Cherrhy, Clarke and Banks et al may have tapped into something meaningful. On some level, given the obstinate mystery of all this, we're allowed to imagine to our heart's content in the knowledge that nobody else knows either.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Wednesday, August 24, 2011  

  • Right, Kandinsky...

    I think one of the essentials of our existence is to imagine, to speculate....for what purpose, I have no idea....unless we help God to evolve, as Lecomte du Nouy suggests in "Human Destiny."

    (But since God is dead, and not in the metaphorical sense of Nietzsche, it appears to be for naught.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, August 24, 2011  

  • I tend to agree with that idea.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Wednesday, August 24, 2011  

  • It's a criminally corrupt mismanaged place plagued with continual starvation and warfare. There are no comment cards. No heavenly concierge to arrange our affairs for us for our convenience..
    Despite our best attempts to make a theory from the baggage of history.. tied up by theological denial,
    It seems paramount to lay the blame that can be transferred or placed at the silence of Dad, theoretical absentee landlords, or a monarchical God.
    We are and will remain, the zoo keepers.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, August 24, 2011  

  • That's why, Bruce, I lean toward the idea that Earth may be a laboratory, rather than a zoo.

    But as Socrates used to say, what do I know?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, August 24, 2011  

  • I always thought the reported activities of UFO entities seemed more like those of tourists rather than explorers. You come in, poke the bears with a stick, pick up a couple of souvenir rocks, and you go home. Next day, another family comes in and does the same thing.

    S

    By Blogger Department 47, at Thursday, August 25, 2011  

  • Yes, D47...

    UFO activity does mimic tourist activity, more than that of lab scientists.

    But, according to an earlier posting here, there are so many other wonderful places to visit in our galaxy and the Universe itself that we can't imagine UFO visitors spending so much time here rather than elsewhere.

    But you make a point.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, August 25, 2011  

  • Inspired by your take on God Is dead and my view that God is a toaster, I wrote a piece entitled "Mr Twain Spiritually Revisits America"

    http://materialintangible.blogspot.com/2011/08/mr-twains-ghost-tours-america.html

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, August 25, 2011  

  • I've seen your Twain piece, Bruce.

    It's a doozy, as usual, with your posts.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, August 25, 2011  

  • From the wiki link noted regarding the zoo hypothesis:

    "The zoo hypothesis is one of a number of suggestions that have been advanced in response to the Fermi paradox, regarding the apparent absence of evidence in support of the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life. According to this hypothesis, aliens would generally avoid making their presence known to humanity, or avoid exerting an influence on human development, somewhat akin to zookeepers observing animals in a zoo, or experimental scientists observing a study that closer examination would ruin."

    [Bold emphasis added]

    Based on this rather simplistic definition, I have to say the zoo hypothesis is both invalid and contradictory, given the wealth of best UFO evidence.

    The Fermi Paradox boils down to the question of, if aliens exist, where are they? The zoo hypothesis according to the wiki description suggests we are being studied on the basis of no contact or interference, which is contradicted by the best UFO evidence available.

    If the intent is to study us without "them" making their presence known, what explains the extant UFO evidence, some of which strongly suggests both reactivity to observation or pursuit, and rare, occasional interactivity with witnesses and, for example, vehicles of witnesses.

    Sometimes this has also included parallel multiple radar recordings and photographic evidence to bolster witness reports, such as the July 1952 "Washington Nationals" or the 1957 RB-47 repeated incidents. Not exactly very discreet or hidden, hmmmm?

    So, based on that alone, the zoo hypothesis is invalid. I favor Dr. James Deardorff's "leaky embargo" hypothesis as more likely, but even then it too is speculation, but it's at least internally consistent with the known UFO best case evidence.

    In a way, the zoo hypothesis is absurd--naturalists do not study animal behavior in zoos, but in the wild. Even in the wild, observations by naturalists also affect animal perception and behavior, btw.

    In the same way, regardless of whether some "trufo" observations are indications of extraterrestrial presence or derived from other non-ET sources, some form(s) of non-human intelligence or control seem and appear to be present, based on the very best evidence available.

    And the consequences are that human consciousness and belief have been affected and modified as a result. Both witnesses, and the reports of observations, when made known to the vastly wider human population, have created a discernible effect on belief, for example, both generally and in religion to be specific.

    Vallee, Bullard, Thompson and many others have documented this sociological and cultural impact and effect on belief, mythology, and religion, for example.

    So, the Fermi Paradox and the zoo hypothesis are both contradicted and made invalid by the evidence and more importantly its long-term effect and spread within human civilization on human belief, ontology, and history.

    We may be being observed, for a variety of potential reasons, yet it's not like the possible "observers" have or are keeping their presence completely discreet, absent, or unknown.

    It is elusive, but not completely hidden. That may suggest a kind of intent, also. Maybe "they" like to keep us guessing, as an impetus to further advancement, or as a form of Valleian "control system," or most likely some other unknown purposes.

    But the UFO phenomenon has had a definite, undeniable effect on belief, cultures, and societies worldwide, since too many have actually observed things not prosaic, natural, astronomical, or otherwise explainable in other terms.

    In some cases, the opposite appears to be true, that UFOs sometimes "intentionally" present themselves in forms of "acceptable" display, but in a plausibly deniable, socially affective way on an incredibly liminal, usually quite subtle basis, IMHO.

    By Blogger steve sawyer, at Sunday, August 28, 2011  

  • Somewhere or other, I entertained the idea that a location like the Galapagos Islands could be somewhat analogous.

    In that scenario, the place has been visited by a variety of different agencies with different agendas. At one time it was a 'truck stop' for mariners to rest, water and gather fresh food. Catholic priests and traders spent time there. Later on they had a military outpost of the USAF.

    At any given time, they have scientists, tourists, students, artists and media folk. They remain autonomous but administration is offshore by Ecuador.

    This paradise in the middle of nowhere, has made huge contributions to science, never been conquered and has had a few pirates passing through; some of whom molested the wildlife.

    At heart, it's a material sort of scenario and out of favour for some time. It isn't necessarily a view I'm beholden to, but one of many worth entertaining.

    I think sometimes we (in a very broad sense)aim a single hypothesis at the phenomena as if it is all one thing. Maybe it is? We don't know. Not knowing means maybe it isn't too. For example, saucers and spheres have a different flavour to the humanoid encounter experiences and could be unrelated. Even the Hessdalen lights could eventually become a 'go-to' explanation for many UFO sightingsbut is distinct from other encounters.

    Perhaps an intelligence from elsewhere is here studying a terrestrial, non-human intelligence that some have described? Lots of possibilities.

    Bloody hell Rich, I spend too long writing some of my posts for your blog. Can we dumb it down so I can post two-liners about Greer or why Exopoliticians are crazy?

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, August 28, 2011  

  • Kan.....

    Leave those exopoliticians alone; they need a kind of help that we aren't able to provide.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 28, 2011  

  • a few thing that are often over looked,there isn't one breed of "aliens" and they dont have the same agendas. even thought we may be in a zoo there could be those that want to free us. this would explain then few contact that have been proven truthful, like here on earth there are activist that want to free the animals in our zoos. others might want to inslave us and some others might just want to be equals. Like here on earth with our different races. some want to fight, some want our wealth(gold or whatever) some want to be friends without strings.

    By Blogger johnny larue, at Sunday, August 19, 2012  

  • It's interesting to note we lack the ability to comprehend something that transcends our concept of intelligence.

    If 'they' are advanced, they must see reality basically like we do, they just understand it better i.e. their intelligence is like ours, just more of it.

    I find it interesting to look at our animal brethren. They are basically equally incapable of seeing beyond themselves.

    Penguins in a zoo enclosure may see us, but they just see ugly-as-fuck-penguins-throwing-food. It could very well be they - in their own way - view us as inferior. In practical terms, we lack penguin-abilities. They deeply lack something that will enable them to see their reality like we do, something we would call intelligence.

    What if there's the possibility of something beyond that, what if what we call intelligence is just a building block of something more superior. As it stands, a truly superior being would be able to stand right in front of us and we would label it an ugly human or probably even view it as inferior as it seems to lack abilities we find practical.

    By Blogger Temp data, at Wednesday, March 05, 2014  

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