Why we imagine aliens the way we do

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Aliens often resemble life on Earth. How did we land on that concept of extraterrestrials?

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    No one really knows what aliens look like, but we all have similar ideas about them. It’s often a creature with a big head, long arms and legs, and big buggy eyes. We see these common images of aliens depicted in movies, books, and on TV shows—which are made by us.

    Science fiction stories often explore the relationship between humans and aliens. So we often find extraterrestrial creatures entangled with relatable human features. In this video, we talk to Oscar-nominated VFX supervisor Charley Henley, and the director of SETI Research Center at UC Berkely, Andrew Siemion. They both give us their views on how we, humans, perceive aliens and how that shapes our imagination of life beyond our planet.

    You can read more about SETI’s work here: http://seti.berkeley.edu

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  • Vox

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    We may not know what aliens look like, but here are the 116 images NASA wanted them to see: http://bit.ly/2IlurMm

  • Raffy Lee

     (Feb 3, 2019)

    Aliens do exist, they're all around but they aren't physical beings like us, we live in a 3 dimensional world therefore we can't see them.

  • Brandon Stringfield

     (Jun 22, 2018)

    well you don't know but NASA knows why do you think we never went back to the moon

  • Big Chungus Jr.

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    Meanwhile in alien YouTube, Top 10 Scary Images that proves Humans Exist.

  • Nimbleee

     (Nov 18, 2018)

    +Basavaraju,yyara Yyara, I hate kids that smash their keyboard after typing something

  • Sarah

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    On one hand I need aliens to be revealed within my lifetime, on the other hand I need enough time to write alien erotica before it gets awkward. @aliens if you see this wait until the time is right

  • Ohsomyeah

     (Sep 24, 2018)

    Didn't they already sort of do that? Cue: Shape of water.

  • Adrian Martinez

     (Sep 18, 2018)

    50 shades of ET

  • slorr55

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    We cant really imagine things we’ve never seen before, all we know and imagine is related to something we’ve seen before, it is like telling someone to come up with a color they’ve never seen, so unless we see real aliens all the aliens we design or create will have animal or human like characteristics cause that is all we know

  • FireyDeath4

     (Nov 17, 2018)

    What we REALLY need is a computer that can randomly generate life based on what a good life form might need, such as ears, eyes, limbs, organs, etc.

  • rod christopher toledo

     (Aug 31, 2018)

    Our Imagination is limited to our knowledge

  • Stormsolid

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    man, aliens kind of disappeared from youtube since so many people have FullHD cameras in their pockets...

  • Kahlil Minard

     (Aug 23, 2018)

    Kahlil minard

  • Naive Kelly

     (Jun 23, 2018)

    Stormsolid 😂😂

  • rewer

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    I certainly hope aliens look likes cute animals such as cat. *look at my cat and wonder is it an alien*

  • eaglerocks123

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    Chances are there are aliens that indeed looks like cute animals like your cat. They likely won't be a cat however. Still convergent evolution should apply as here on earth we have various animals that acquired the feline appearance and predatory behavior of your kitty. The Fossa a mongoose looks a bit like a slender panther for example. The The flying reptiles, Birds, and bats all created wings of some form,

  • A R

     (Aug 25, 2018)

    I wish cats were simply "cute" and nothing else...

  • Peter Francis

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    Elon Musk still try to go back home.

  • acevitamin

     (Apr 9, 2018)

    nah he's going to save humanity because he's from the future mannn all things are already at motion he's gonna be in mars before we'll wipe each other out or something else cause he's here

  • Aakash Kalaria

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    Joss did it right with bacteria kind of creature.

  • Boat Bomber

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    Build a space wall.

  • Scooby MiKE

     (Nov 1, 2018)

    They're bringing in flugs and slime

  • lil Clock

     (Apr 3, 2018)

    Boat Bomber Keep them damn illegal aliens out!

  • Treffs

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    Rip Stephen Hawking

  • SIR BOBINS

     (Apr 13, 2018)

    F

  • Roghjo Gallagher

     (Mar 17, 2018)

    he not dead just change the batteries