My intent here is to raise a serious scientific question. Why, according to those who have claimed an extraterrestrial encounter, do aliens reportedly look alike — why, in every aspect of their appearance, do they have what might be called a cookie-cutter appearance like the illustration I selected for this blog? Know from the outset that this short essay is not meant to speak in favor of, or against, the possibility of us humans having been visited by extraterrestrials, nor is it meant to support or deny the claims of those who believe they have had an encounter with alien visitors.
The consensus of the scientific community is that the possibility of life on other planets in our galaxy and throughout the universe is near to certain. With that as a starting point, imagine that on one such planet, highly intelligent life came into existence. Imagine further that those organisms on that far away planet, human-like in many respects, had advanced more than we humans have advanced here on earth by 1000 years. For convenience sake, lets call the intelligent denizens of that planet, Brainers. In short, the Brainers are 1000 years ahead of us in scientific developments.
Now, assume for a moment that 1000 years ago the Brianers came upon the discovery of the genetic code and that they began to develop and implement genetic manipulation; i.e. genetic engineering. Consequently, 1000 years ago the Brainers were involved in what would be the equivalent today of mass-produced insulin, growth hormones, monoclonal antibodies, and in all sorts of techniques for diagnosing and predicting diseases. The Brainers also began to experiment with and utilize genetic engineering to directly intervene in genetic processes in order to improve the functions and structures of bodily organs and other structures. If the Brainers suffered 1000 years ago from arthritis, for example, that debilitating condition would have been attacked and eliminated. Same for a host of other possible conditions such as Alzheimer’s, blood disorders, birth defects, etc. The result would be that for centuries, the Brainers would all have been better off from a health perspective — they would be more similar in improved body functions than they had been in earlier ages.
Now, let’s say the abnormally short and the abnormally tall Brainer’s wanted to do something about their stature making it easier for them to function in their world (and in their spacecraft) and easier for them to attract mates. Over time, genetic corrections such as these extended into all sorts of bodily formations and biological processes. Eventually, over hundreds of years of genetic engineering, the Brainers all started to look quite uniform; homogenized, so to speak. They began to have a cookie-cutter appearance; an outcome that caused some of them to chuckle about the law of unintended consequences. However, they realized secondary benefits. One-size clothing fit all, (unless nudity was a commonplace in Brainerland, which seems to have been the case based on alien-encounter reports). Nothing needed to be customized. It’s kind of like what has happened on earth to acorns and chicken eggs. And this benefit of near-to-one-size fits all, further propelled the industry of genetic engineering. The result was that all Brainers eventually looked the same, or almost identical. The one thing they were deeply thankful about was that their imaginations remained unique. That made life interesting and worth living for.
Is this scenario a possible reason why, if we have been visited, that aliens look the same? Is it why, if we are visited sometime in the future the extraterrestrials will all look the same, except alien appearances may vary from one planet to another? And perhaps most intriguing is this question: if and when WE visit other civilizations 1000 years from now, might we all look more or less the same?
And lastly . . . if some years from now, you happen to have a Close Encounter of the Third Kind, you might ask the visitor: “Are you a Brainer?”