Stephen Hawking warns humanity against attempting to contact alien life

When Stephen Hawking, perhaps the smartest man in the world, says that intelligent extraterrestrial life not only exists, but may pose a threat to humanity by “becom[ing] nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach,” we should probably listen.

In an article from The Times of London ahead of the debut of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking tonight on Discovery, Hawking expresses his belief in extraterrestrial life: “To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational… The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.” Unlike the benevolent aliens of many science fiction films and novels, Hawking’s view is a little more grim: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” To avoid such a fate, Hawking warns humanity against trying to make contact with life elsewhere in the universe.

But Into the Universe is not only about predicting a possible holocaust to be visited upon us by extraterrestrial life, Hawking also explores various other aspects of the universe, including the real possibility of time travel — this portion of the documentary alone will have me sitting in front of my television tonight. As I admitted in an earlier post, while I am mathematically and scientifically challenged, I still very much enjoy learning about the universe as seen through the lens of those far more brilliant than I could hope to be, and Stephen Hawking is about as brilliant as one can hope for.

2 Responses to “Stephen Hawking warns humanity against attempting to contact alien life”
  1. b.crusherman says:

    While not quite on topic, here is a great article about how alien our President in the view of the common folk…. Seems that he is not one of us but one of the many elitist politicians in Congress today…. who know how to run our lives better than we do. “‘Cause as sure as I know anything I know this: they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, ten, they’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.” No that is a great quote!

  2. b.crusherman says:

    It will be very boring in space if this continues. I am all for a “re-entry vehicle” in space!

    In fact it should be some kind of requirment.

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