I just had my paradigm challenged by watching a documentary about extraterrestrials on NatGeo.
I have always assumed humans are the most intelligent life forms on Earth.
So naturally I assumed if intelligent aliens do make contact with creatures of earth, the creatures they contact would be human. But apparently a
researcher by the name of "Doyle" thinks this may not be the case. You can start the documentary at 2 minutes and 45 seconds to hear the relevant
For those who can't play the video, here's what the show says:
So who does Doyle think may be the best candidates to communicate with aliens? So far he's not convinced that dolphins or humans have the
necessary linguistic skills. But he's found one species on Earth with a communication level much, much higher.
Doyle: "Humpback whales we're majoring in because they look like they will have the absolutely most complex communication system maybe on the
Doyle's study of humpbacks is in its early stages, but so far he's only studied their social calls. But it may be that when extraterrestrials talk
to the Earth species with the most intelligent language, they won't talk to us, but to humpback whales instead.
Wow that had never really occurred to me, have I just not been open minded enough to consider that possibility that humpback whales would be the first
species they would contact and not humans?
Or could that explain why there are UFOs but no proof of contact with humans, maybe it's not the humans they are contacting?
I guess humpbacks are so large that their brains are larger than ours, and I should have thought about this possibility more seriously after watching
the Star Trek IV movie where the plot was that the aliens would ONLY communicate with humpback whales. But since we had hunted them to extinction,
Kirk had to go to the past and get some humpback whales, which you can see pictured here, called George and Gracie:
Those two whales saved the Earth in the movie because they could communicate with the aliens, and humans couldn't.
But I thought that was just science fiction that aliens would communicate with Humpback whales before humans, could it really be closer to science
And does this mean that when we venture out to the stars we should take a couple of humpbacks with us to improve our chances of successful
communication with the alien species we encounter? Maybe by then we'll be able to communicate with the humpbacks so they can act as translators? That
will really add to the weight requirements of the spacecraft won't it?
What do you folks think? Can we believe this researcher that whales might be better able to communicate with aliens than Humans?
[edit on 16-12-2009 by Arbitrageur]