Why Alien Life Would be our Doom - The Great Filter

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    Finding alien life on a distant planet would be amazing news - or would it? If we are not the only intelligent life in the universe, this probably means our days are numbered and doom is certain.



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    Why Alien Life Would be our Doom - The Great Filter

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    • Elli loves pizza
      Elli loves pizza  3 weeks back

      "Us humans are afraid of aliens because we think they might treat us the same way we treat and exploit animals"

    • Schneeflocke Monsoon
      Schneeflocke Monsoon  4 weeks back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

      Would it not be more helpful and positive to find advanced civilizations who may have already seen the great filter and can help us avoid it?

    • Kimberly Anderson
      Kimberly Anderson  4 weeks back

      our creator gave us a perfect planet to sustain life..MAN continues to destroy it..why bother going to another planet when we havent learned and evolved enough to care for the planet were on now...we can have a great place for future generations if we gave a shit besides money and greed, possibly having any moral integrity..but weve lost our moral compass so unfortunately Armegedon will need to occur

  • Caleb LoBue
    Caleb LoBue  4 hours back

    Or God?

    • Ha Vu
      Ha Vu  4 hours back

      It is arrogant to think all civilization think the same way as we do. That we are on the same level as a civilization eons a head of us. In a universe with trillions upon trillions of planets there is none that learnt your stupid levels.

      • Patasaim Man
        Patasaim Man  11 hours back

        bananas can destroy the filter they veda gud

        • PoliticallyIncorrect
          PoliticallyIncorrect  14 hours back

          I’ve seen enough sci-fi movies to already know that Aliens are really bad news. I don’t think any sane individual would need a 9 minute video

          • cdwraw
            cdwraw  19 hours back

            Thats a very penis looking rocket.

            • Curtis Stone
              Curtis Stone  19 hours back

              We can't turn back into primates|destroys planet without technology to exit|

              • Pdog 10
                Pdog 10  21 hours back

                I bet colonizing saturn is possibile not.Its just gas.

                • Ryan
                  Ryan  21 hours back

                  Well, with this and other interpretations of alien life, this all assumes that they will undergo the exact same sequence of evolution that we did (while also assuming they are carbon based and not something like silicon or some other complicated series of chemical reactions)


                  Because genetic mutation is that which occurs often randomly and its only based on local environment that determines if it stays or not, so to expect an alien race to evolve into something similar to humans is rare, more than likely they may create their own unique branches where something hard for us to conceive would be resulted. For example, we project that these beings would have brains or the idea of an empire because that is what we can imagine, when aliens may have had such a divergent series of changes that they may not behave or be of the same nature, like say a dormant hivemind group that requires little energy and finds no purpose in exploring and "reaching out", in odds to us humanoids who require constant resources and have an innate instinct for the idea of territory.


                  Or maybe also that we are expecting alien life to look familiar enough to us to find them through telescopes when in actuality they might be so foreign that it could have evolved into something we cannot even recognize as life.

                  • Ryan
                    Ryan  21 hours back

                    Hell, it may even question what is sentience, as while we have our own form of "thinking", they may have their own thing that would be something so different than any organism on our planet

                • Steve Robertson
                  Steve Robertson  22 hours back

                  I kind of think that any alien civilization that is advanced enough to cross the incredible distances to reach us, would not be here for conquest. They would be beyond any malicious intent, i truly believe they would be here in peace, and things would change for us for the better.

                  • Jerry Shi
                    Jerry Shi  1 days back

                    It’s sad cuz my retarded cousin actually believes this and thinks this is 100 percent real and calls people dumb if they don’t believe in it

                    • Anargya Al Khawarizmi
                      Anargya Al Khawarizmi  1 days back

                      Ancient alien ruins on Titan
                      ¯\_(ツ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ツ)¯\_

                      • Arjun Saradava
                        Arjun Saradava  1 days back

                        Or we are the one who is thinking that something is coming and to protect ourselves from that instead we create weapons that can destroy our own earth... (Infinite Possibility)

                        • Edwin Park
                          Edwin Park  1 days back

                          Why do people always picture aliens as weird heads or features?

                          • Vult
                            Vult  1 days back

                            Nobody ever said that there was only one filter. If there is a filter behind us, that's no reason to believe there isn't one ahead of us. If there ISN'T one behind us, there isn't a reason to think one IS ahead of us. The presence/absence of a filter in one place does not cause/prevent a filter from existing elsewhere.

                            • Emily Norris
                              Emily Norris  1 days back

                              We are not special

                              • SharkShocker
                                SharkShocker  2 days back

                                Don't know why, but I like to imagine that aliens are so advanced and are able to be so old that they literally have bets on what race will win and extinction events are just a part of the game. "So far the game is still going strong as Jurblugr is still in the lead with their chosen race of humans. It's been seen that other participants attempted to copy Jurblugr's idea with humans and increased intelligence, but unfortunately they may be too little too late as humans are looking to colonizing the solar system within just a few centuries! Amazing! This likely could've only been accomplished thanks to an absence of extinction events. However, Drechora has been saving up additional environmental upgrade points as of late and it's presumed that they'll use them on Yellowstone to create another one. Will Drechora set this off before enough humans can escape, or will Jurblugr win this game and as such win all the money? Find out next decade on Total Drama Planet!"

                                • Charles Gentert
                                  Charles Gentert  2 days back

                                  It’s unlikely but possible for beings to colonize multiple galaxies.

                                  • Jerome Rovnak
                                    Jerome Rovnak  2 days back

                                    You Ignore the Crop Circles - ? You Make Light of Contact World Wide - ? You Make A Cartoon of Values and Show Disrespect = The Depth of Your Arrogance Will Be The Worth Of Your Humility . Humans are being Farmed - World History's All , Call the Creatures Devils .

                                    • Chris Klein
                                      Chris Klein  2 days back

                                      The content of this one is super interesting, but at the same time you don't really make a strong argument to back up your otherwise click-baity title. Why is alien life bad exactly? You just kind of say it is. If anything it sounds like, from this episode alone, that the presence of alien life makes overcoming the great filter more possible.

                                      • Boonky
                                        Boonky  2 days back

                                        In my opinion we have only seen the human side of evolution. If the universe is so infinite how do we know that , for example dragons don’t exist on another planet or “people” who’s muscles are so incredibly evolved that they leap mountains or some other crazy other worldly creatures.


                                        (Can you tell that I really want Pokemon to be real)

                                        • Joseph Hodge
                                          Joseph Hodge  2 days back

                                          Maybe the alians dont want us getting any bright ideas and ruin their shit

                                          Alian: well fuck humans are here who left a candy rapper et I'm looking at you

                                          • Green Moon
                                            Green Moon  2 days back

                                            I believe the filter is behind us due to the fact that it humans aren’t able to evolve as easily as other creatures but then again that could be the filter.

                                            • zensus zensur
                                              zensus zensur  2 days back

                                              empty planets, like America was "empty"? sure

                                              • LemmonLizard
                                                LemmonLizard  2 days back

                                                If only humans could overcome their nature and stop pointlessly killing each other.

                                                • William Guy Thilgen Jr.

                                                  Think about it for a minute, the Jews and Arabs have been fighting over a small piece of land that the Jews abandoned it and all moved to Egypt. After living in Egypt for a few hundred years, they decided to move back. How ever, while they were gone for a few centuries, Arabs moved in and settled most of it to what it is today. But because the Jews were there originally first, are demanding it all be returned. Aliens were here a few thousands of years ago and should they return are gonna to be no different than the Jews and want it all back.

                                                  • Paragon Of virtue
                                                    Paragon Of virtue  2 days back

                                                    William Guy Thilgen Jr. : the Jews belong to the caves of Europe.

                                                • RibbonnTeal
                                                  RibbonnTeal  2 days back

                                                  *parkours over/around the filter*

                                                  • Geoff Speedie
                                                    Geoff Speedie  2 days back

                                                    graphics are a 10/10 amazing

                                                    • Adian
                                                      Adian  13 hours back

                                                      Geoff Speedie PERIODTTT

                                                  • Alifia Lara
                                                    Alifia Lara  2 days back

                                                    what if there are aliens out there that try to hide their civilizations from ours just becos our elements of habitat just too toxic for them.

                                                    • D Thomas
                                                      D Thomas  2 days back

                                                      Why does everybody think the end of humanity as it is right now is bad it's actually a good thing because we are broken and falling and when being present so when he actually does come back and is present in there is no more satanic Rule and no more send it will be a good thing so please rethink your end is near process and ask yourself is it really so bad that we ended things the way they are

                                                      • Blacki Chan
                                                        Blacki Chan  3 days back

                                                        I find it hard to belive earth is the only place with lifeforms

                                                        • zach jerret
                                                          zach jerret  3 days back

                                                          You're so negative
                                                          Only because they're evolving that doesn't mean they will just devastate us.who knows that they may want to be our neighbors and work together.

                                                          • Ray Brunson
                                                            Ray Brunson  3 days back

                                                            If there is great advanced civilisations in the universe (who is seem sure) they are already find us and maybe they have making us as well.

                                                            • Ray Brunson
                                                              Ray Brunson  3 days back

                                                              There s no way living form was only on earth.

                                                              • KeesaMon
                                                                KeesaMon  3 days back

                                                                i belive that this filter is us.. i mean just think about it.. we know for a fact that we as a species have limitations neurologically to see and hear and feel above a set frequency.. thats why dogs can hear and see what we cant see.. maybe these "aliens" are here among us ,right in front of us.. but we will never know with our limited resources or in built senses.. only if we could find a way to fire our senses or let go of our limited senses.. may be thats why people with enhanced consiousness know or understand a bit more than we do.. maybe these limitations are here because our brain knows that our body cant handle that level of software.. maybe thats why people with heightened consiousness leave their body.. maybe thats what is known as liberation or moksha.. its your choice..

                                                                • Football is life lol.
                                                                  Football is life lol.  3 days back

                                                                  @KeesaMon,lol exactly only Knowledge is the key to understanding things tho.

                                                                • KeesaMon
                                                                  KeesaMon  3 days back

                                                                  @Football is life lol. true.. but saying " i dont know" can be a step in understanding things..

                                                                • Football is life lol.
                                                                  Football is life lol.  3 days back

                                                                  Your logic Is great but Alien life is just not visible right now to understand that we r the great filter tho.

                                                              • Hesi-_-Jordan
                                                                Hesi-_-Jordan  3 days back

                                                                It is our doom

                                                                • Maski
                                                                  Maski  3 days back

                                                                  So, In a few years (roughly 10-20) climate change will almost certainly wipe out humans if we keep CO2 levels up. So Imagine this, if dinosaurs died to a meteor, and millions of years later we evolved into humans, what If climate change kills all of us, and some new species is to evolve from, us?

                                                                  • Ondra Svihalek
                                                                    Ondra Svihalek  3 days back

                                                                    The animation looks like animation from pinata masters

                                                                    • jk45j f0908u4
                                                                      jk45j f0908u4  3 days back

                                                                      I don't understand when they say "we should be able to see something." What, exactly?

                                                                      We detect habitable planets as a variation in the brightness of a star - that is to say, we don't even observe the planets directly. What could a civilization reasonably produce that we would be able to detect?
                                                                      Even radio signals are inconceivable to detect. It's like a fishing pole with a 1 foot cast length and you're standing on the other side of the lake precisely 80km away. Surely you can't detect the lure from that far?

                                                                      So what, exactly? We just see planets and solar systems and assume because there's no dyson sphere it's uninhabited? I genuinely want to know what they are looking for and not seeing.

                                                                      • Vary Olla
                                                                        Vary Olla  3 days back

                                                                        You do not understand radio astronomy I take it.  So what is a radio wave??  Answer:  electromagnetic radiation which is being transmitted in a certain frequency range = in other words *ENERGY.*  Meanwhile spectroscopy detects and analyzes light. 

                                                                        So understanding those 2 basic things = apply them to questions of matter and energy analysis.  So if we can detect energy waves at a great distance - we can then ascertain the "background" energy readings for a given area of space.  Now if we happen to discover EM readings outside of what is to be expected = we now have the basis for trying to establish what is producing that energy outside of the norm.  The Earth as an example employs radio waves all the time. Accordingly anyone looking at the Earth from outer space = should see all that energy being emitted out into the surrounding space if they have the capacity to measure EM readings.

                                                                        Meanwhile as noted we can also measure light via the spectral bands which make it up.  Now all matter is comprised of various elements = each which reflects a definitive spectral pattern.  So we look at the Sun as an example and we see the light being emitted from it when analyzed is showing the patterns of elements such as hydrogen or helium etc..  Accordingly we can determine it is made up of those elements.  That is how we establish "habitable" planets via the elemental make up of them as established by the light they are reflecting. 

                                                                        So let's sum up.  We look into space for signs of energy which is outside of the "norm" + elemental make up of planets as determined by the light spectra they give off.  So a planet inhabited by a developing civilization should emit energy we can detect along with possibly displaying a elemental make up we believe to be capable of supporting advanced life.  That pretty much sums it up.  Have a nice day.

                                                                    • polasboek
                                                                      polasboek  3 days back

                                                                      The first step of evolution hlshows evidedence for inteligent design and creation. Nobody was ever able to replicate that "first and simplest step" of creating life from dead chemestry.

                                                                      • Football is life lol.
                                                                        Football is life lol.  3 days back

                                                                        Intelignt life does not exists by chance you but look dead chemistry is dead if it somehow becomes alive it will become intelignet and take over its environment thats why evolution theory is the only thing that holds up for us not religion which is false tho.

                                                                    • monky monky
                                                                      monky monky  3 days back

                                                                      your ideal scenario is fucking boring

                                                                      • Angelito Hurtado
                                                                        Angelito Hurtado  3 days back

                                                                        Watched this with my brother at night and he can't sleep anymore thanks

                                                                        • Arthur Heuer
                                                                          Arthur Heuer  3 days back

                                                                          I don't really care where the filter is. I'll always survive in some superposition of our universe; it's called quantum immortality.

                                                                        • Bryce Raber
                                                                          Bryce Raber  3 days back

                                                                          What if... There's no great filter, and life is just so far away that we can't see it because of light's traveling speed, and there's tons of them because of the lack of this filter, and when they see us, they'll be like, "yo, dudes, there's a bunch of people livin' on a rock out in the middle of nowhere, go give 'em some juice boxes or whatever."
                                                                          And then they come over and they're like "Hey, dudes, we just saw you on your rock in our telescope so we just worm hole-d right over to say hello, and welcome to the biggest neighborhood ever. You need some spaceships or anything?"

                                                                        • Marc Meier
                                                                          Marc Meier  3 days back

                                                                          Nice vid, but I can’t say I agree. Finding intelligent life could as much imply the “filter” is *behind* us. For instance, if we find a galaxy full of intelligent alien life tomorrow, it would likely mean we’ve already passed whatever threshold there was to keep others from reaching this point.

                                                                          Additionally, finding remnants of life shouldn’t imply our impending doom! Just because we happened to evolve from primates, making us aggressive, territorial, and somewhat insensitive towards our planet, doesn’t mean all intelligent life would evolve in the same way.

                                                                          Lastly, life is purely limited by the way we define it. Who’s to say all other lifeforms even need the same resources we need to survive? i.e oxygen, water, etc...

                                                                        • griachae
                                                                          griachae  4 days back

                                                                          Don't want to ruin your day but a climate catastrophe is happening right now. Just saying

                                                                          • Alfa Proto
                                                                            Alfa Proto  4 days back

                                                                            We already stop exploration for good, ever since every Earth's continents are explored. We have nothing to drive us to explore what is beyond Earth. If not, we have a small colony on the moon by now, or faster ships.

                                                                            • Football is life lol.
                                                                              Football is life lol.  4 days back

                                                                              Yep I totally agree humans r too ignorant and egotistical to real is the fade of the earth and universe lies in our hands if we destroyed it we r doomed practically already but thr r billions of homes waiting for us lol.

                                                                          • jerome dragon
                                                                            jerome dragon  4 days back

                                                                            I wonder if the Jovians have legalized weed?