Our limited understanding of dark matter and energy may be making us blind to signals from intelligent alien life, which possibly exists in dimensions that humans can’t perceive.
“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 (unique) vision of the world, and it’s hard for us to admit it,” said Gabriel de la Torre, from the University of Cadiz in Spain.
“What we are trying to do with this differentiation is to contemplate other possibilities, for example, beings of dimensions that our mind can’t grasp; or intelligences based on dark matter or energy forms, which make up almost 95 per cent of the universe which we are only beginning to glimpse,” said de la Torre.
The researchers conducted an experiment with 137 people, who had 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 de la Torre.
“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,” said de la Torre. “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 added. The study was published in the journal Acta Astronautica.