A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien IntelligenceGeorge Dvorsky1/28/14 2:14pmFiled to: Daily explainerscienceexobiologyalien intelligenceextraterrestrial intelligencelife on other planetsextraterrestrialsaliensanimal intelligenceintelligencedenise l. herzingdolphin intelligenceastrobiology12526EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkShould we ever detect an extraterrestrial civilization, or any kind of alien life for that matter, it's a safe bet they'll look very different from us. They'll also probably think in a way that's completely foreign to what we're used to. Here's how experts believe we might be able to predict what the minds of aliens will be like.AdvertisementTop image: "Xenobiology" by Alex Ries.Late last year, I talked about how extraterrestrial intelligences are probably more like us than not — at least for those alien civilizations living in a post-industrial Information Age. But we have no empirical evidence to support such a claim. It's possible, for example, that we're the anomaly when it comes to technological civilizations, and that there's a multiplicity of alien-types that far exceeds our imagination and the limits of our current science. Perhaps it's 16-tentacled rhino-cephalopods living in glass domes that's the norm. Or maybe intelligent minds emerge from biological computers that form on the surface of dynamically complex pond scum.