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?Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjONo 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.eduYou can see the full VFX breakdown of MPC’s work on Alien: Covenant here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t-8n... Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +460

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

  • Nigward Testicles
    Nigward Testicles  a years ago +749

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

  • Sarah
    Sarah  a years ago +1547

    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

  • Stormsolid
    Stormsolid  a years ago +638

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

  • slorr55
    slorr55  a years ago +709

    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

  • rewer
    rewer  a years ago +627

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

  • Aakash Kalaria
    Aakash Kalaria  a years ago +130

    Joss did it right with bacteria kind of creature.

  • Boat Bomber
    Boat Bomber  a years ago +386

    Build a space wall.

  • Treffs
    Treffs  a years ago +198

    Rip Stephen Hawking

  • Salokin
    Salokin  a years ago +643

    Not saying that it’s aliens... but it’s aliens man

  • CY
    CY  a years ago +58

    1:52 sounds like the narrator had a difficult time saying that line

  • Sarah Sirvin
    Sarah Sirvin  a years ago +153

    If we discover aliens before they discover us they'll probably be some kind of plant/ vegetation

  • Alex Seveses
    Alex Seveses  a years ago +23

    What if aliens discover our memes? What will they think of us?

  • Science with Katie
    Science with Katie  a years ago +190

    I think I would’ve drawn something similar to what the girl at 0:14 drew! Just a blobby single cell type thing!

  • Omega Pie
    Omega Pie  a years ago +81

    Cats are secretly aliens.

  • Simone
    Simone  a years ago +36

    Pretty much the only thing we can assume with some degree of accuracy is that any technologically advanced civilization would have some way to manipulate the environment with their body. Grip, twist, etc. And that they would have to have a community driven mentality because only by many individuals(not necessarily including individuality) working together they can create something much larger than themselves.
    That's our strength and reason for surviving this far.
    Math is also a safe assumption.
    Beyond that... shrugs

  • KangaroosInAntarctica Yes

    This means that me might have already found alien life (or it is somewhere close), but they are so different that we didn’t even think they might be aliens.

  • J̅o̅h̅n̅n̅y̅ F̅a̅v̅o̅r̅i̅t̅e̅

    The next time someone tells you that the so called “Grey Aliens” are real because hundreds of individuals have reported encounters with creatures that look like this 👽👽👽 Tell them that “The Greys” were created by non other than H.G. Wells In the 1893 article "Man of the Year Million.” Wells had envisioned the possibility of humanity transformed into a race of grey-skinned beings; who were perhaps 1 meter tall, with big heads and large, oval-shaped pitch black eyes. Sound familiar? Sort of like the popular idea among Alien Abduction Enthusiasts that the Greys are actually advanced Humans visiting from the future? H.G. Wells would later feature his idea of Grey Big Black Eyed Beings in both First Men In the Moon and War of the Worlds The Greys have been a part of pop culture for 125 Years now. Proof enough that people have been ripping off Science Fiction to describe “real” Alien Encounters for quite some time now 👽👽👽

  • Zuzu
    Zuzu  a years ago +578

    When people talks about aliens, the only thing I can think of is...
    Elon Musk

  • Theodore Winston
    Theodore Winston  a years ago +15

    Sounds like the narrator struggles with some big words