Thanks to an odd idea around the formation of life, it’s widely believed by the world’s top minds that finding alien life might actually mean that humanity is closer to doom than ever before. This bizarre concept has to do with something called “The Great Filter.”
This unknown filter is essentially a theoretical barrier to surviving life. We don’t know where that filter is, all we know is that humans are on one side of it. Either we have made it through the filter and reached sustainable long-term life, or, we are getting closer to the filter and are about to be wiped out. Confused and maybe a little worried? You can learn more about what implications this has in the animated video below.