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# All the other aliens are in a pre-sentient, pre-technological, or even [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel incompatible]] state of development. [[CaptainObvious No Radio Transmitter = No Radio Transmissions]].

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# All the other aliens are in a pre-sentient, pre-technological, or even [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel incompatible]] state of development. [[CaptainObvious No Radio Transmitter = No Radio Transmissions]].Transmissions.


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* In the ''Film/MenInBlack'' [[Comicbook/MenInBlack comics]] and [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack their adaptations]] (and in the TheMenInBlack urban myth that inspired them), the title organization is expressly dedicated to making sure Earth civilians stay unaware of aliens.

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* In the ''Film/MenInBlack'' [[Comicbook/MenInBlack [[ComicBook/MenInBlack comics]] and [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack their adaptations]] (and in the TheMenInBlack urban myth that inspired them), the title organization is expressly dedicated to making sure Earth civilians stay unaware of aliens.



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* One of the alternate Earths of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has Earth being ruled by squirrels. And yes we ''do'' get to see it briefly.


* In the ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'' by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them. It prefers planets inhabited by intelligent life, and consumes them. There are ''some'' intelligent aliens in the Ultimate universe, but far less than anyone would expect, and they're discreet because they don't want to attract Galactus' attention. Earth seems to be the only planet that ever successfully resisted it]].

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* In the ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'' by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems turns out to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them. Gah Lak Tus killed any species capable of it. It prefers seeks planets inhabited by intelligent life, any life and consumes exterminates them. There are ''some'' intelligent aliens in the Ultimate universe, but far less than anyone would expect, and they're discreet because they don't want to attract Galactus' its attention. Earth seems to be the only planet that ever successfully resisted it]].it.


# All the spacefaring aliens are involved in a cosmic conspiracy to [[{{Masquerade}} remain hidden]] from Earth, possibly because [[TheWorldIsNotReady we aren't judged to be advanced enough to know about them]], or because [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we absolutely scare the crap out of them for some reason]].

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# All the spacefaring aliens are involved in a cosmic conspiracy to [[{{Masquerade}} remain hidden]] from Earth, possibly because [[TheWorldIsNotReady we aren't judged to be advanced enough to know about them]], or because [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we absolutely scare the crap out of them for some reason]]. There might also be an AlienNonInterferenceClause in our celestial neighborhood.

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# Other intelligent life forms are not carbon based and don't abide by our rules. This includes silicon based, electrical based, and spirits, among a plethora of other forms. Perhaps they have contacted us but we haven't yet recognized it yet.


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* Religions around the world acknowledge a supernatural side of things, and some of these spiritual beings live among us in this universe and planet. Even many non religious people have claimed to have experienced or at least acknowledged some of these, such as an angelic being or poltergeist.
** This would help account for cases of miracles, where there appears to be literally no other way something could have happened.
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* Real life you say? But we haven't proven aliens they say! True, however in a sense this trope applies to those meteorite findings, such as in [[https://www.space.com/33690-allen-hills-mars-meteorite-alien-life-20-years.html Antarctica]], that appear to have traces of fossilized germs in it. While not proven, it is possible that some life on Earth is foreign based, and if there is life on other nearby planets and moons, it could be Earth based. This idea is called panspermia and some extremophiles (resilient bacteria that go into "hibernation" when stressed) could be living on other planets such as Mars and moons such as Europa or Enceladus.
** While we can see germs with microscopes, they are invisible to the naked eye so this tropes rings true in a sense.
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* In the ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'' by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].

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* In the ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'' by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].them. It prefers planets inhabited by intelligent life, and consumes them. There are ''some'' intelligent aliens in the Ultimate universe, but far less than anyone would expect, and they're discreet because they don't want to attract Galactus' attention. Earth seems to be the only planet that ever successfully resisted it]].


* In the ''[[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Galactus]]'' trilogy by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].

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* In the ''[[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Galactus]]'' trilogy ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'' by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].

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* One of the alternate Earths of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' has Earth being ruled by squirrels. And yes we ''do'' get to see it briefly.



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# We're last. [[{{Precursors}} All of the others]] have long since AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. All that's left on their planets, if anything is left at all, are ruins. Essentially, we're the ones who are lagging behind.


* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Shadow Proclamation, basically a galactic police force, has rules about how alien life forms are not allowed to make contact or interfere with worlds without a minimum amount of technology -- not that most the aliens seem to care about that, as they really like trying to take over/destroy/control Earth for some reason. It was this rule and groups like UNIT and Torchwood which kept the public from learning about alien existence until around 2008 when [[spoiler:the Daleks invaded and physically teleported the Earth.]]

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Shadow Proclamation, basically a galactic police force, has rules about how alien life forms are not allowed to make contact or interfere with worlds without a minimum amount of technology -- not that most of the aliens seem to care about that, as they really like trying to take over/destroy/control Earth for some reason. It was this rule and groups like UNIT and Torchwood which kept the public from learning about alien existence until around 2008 when [[spoiler:the Daleks invaded and physically teleported the Earth.]]


# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example mistaking them as the equivalent of background noise and/or being too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they employing very hard to detect directional methods such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-

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# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example signals-- for example, we might be mistaking them as the equivalent of for background noise noise, and/or being they're too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they may be employing very hard to detect directional methods such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-


* In the ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Galactus]]'' trilogy by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].

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* In the ''[[UltimateMarvel ''[[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Galactus]]'' trilogy by Warren Ellis, Reed Richards ponders this very question. The answer seems to be that the sky isn't filled with signals from alien cultures because [[PlanetEater Galactus ate them]].


# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example mistaking them as the equivalent of background noise and/or being too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they employing very hard to detect methods such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-

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# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example mistaking them as the equivalent of background noise and/or being too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they employing very hard to detect directional methods such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-


# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example mistaking them as the equivalent of background noise and/or being too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they employing very hard to detect methods as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-

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# Similar to the former. We cannot recognize their signals -for example mistaking them as the equivalent of background noise and/or being too faint to be detected by our (current) equipment, they employing very hard to detect methods such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_communication_in_space lasers]][[note]]more economical in energy terms than broadcasting everywhere[[/note]], or even using a medium we haven't developed yet like [[SubspaceAnsible beaming signals through hyperspace or quantum entanglement or something]].-

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