In the video embedded below, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speculated about whether or not it’s possible that aliens have already studied Earth and its inhabitants and decided we’re not interesting or advanced enough to talk to.
“People ask, ‘If life is teeming across the galaxy, where are they?'” said deGrasse Tyson. “How come they’re not just walking into the front door of the White House or visiting us here in New York in Times Square?”
There’s always the chance, he joked, that they already came by Times Square or landed at Comic Con and nobody noticed them because everybody there already looked pretty weird.
“Our hubris forces us to think of ourselves as intelligent,” he said on a more serious note. Compared to aliens, though, we might not be so bright.
“So, I wonder if in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior, they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life,” deGrasse Tyson said.
Some scientists, like Stephen Hawking, have said that humans should be wary of contact with aliens because when civilizations meet, it’s typically the less-advanced civilization that gets trampled, colonized and preyed upon.
“They were either completely wiped out or subjugated or enslaved or whatever,” de Grasse Tyson said. “So I think his fear about aliens is a reflection of his actual knowledge about humans, how humans treat each other. Not real knowledge about how actual aliens would treat us.”
Watch the video, embedded below:
Trump goes off script at UN religious freedom event to praise evangelical bigot Franklin Graham
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While speaking at the international gathering, the U.S. president went off script with his acknowledgement of Graham.
"I also want to thank Franklin Graham because he has been so instrumental in everything we are doing, such an incredible job in so many ways," Trump said. "Floods and hurricanes and every time I go I see him and he’s always there before me."
"I’m going to beat him one day but he is always at these places of really disaster areas. He is right there, incredible large staff of volunteers that are just amazing," he added. "Thank you very much."
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After days of digesting news that Trump repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Raju reports, many once-cautious Democrats now believe that impeachment is the only option they have left to thwart the president's lawlessness.
"House Democrats are telling me this morning that they believe that the caucus is nearing a tipping point on impeachment because of this growing controversy, and because they believe that this will be a triggering event and that the public will get behind," he explained.
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The "View" co-host admitted she wasn't sure how bad it was that Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a family friend of hers, in exchange for U.S. military and financial aid -- and she blamed the reporting on a constant stream of presidential abuses.
"I'm very skeptical of anything anymore because I feel like -- no disrespect to journalists, but every day the end of the world is coming -- so how bad is this really?" McCain said.
ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl assured McCain that this story was, in fact, a big deal.