Sunday, April 25, 2010

Wierdos From Another Planet!

Mr. Stephen Hawking, soooopergeeeenius, has released a TV series on the Discovery Channel where he states that meeting aliens may not necessarily be a good thing from our POV:

[A] few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “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.”

Stephen Hawking. Smart man. (Shot in the back. Very sad.)

I vaguely remember hearing of a conversation between C.S. Lewis and Arthur C. Clark where the former made precisely the same point about meeting aliens: what would we have if their race was "fallen" and "unredeemed"--and possessed interstellar transport technology? Certainly not a happy outcome.

I think the most salient observation made on this subject was made by Calvin and Hobbes, to wit: "The best proof that there is intelligent life in the universe is that they have made no attempt whatsoever to contact us."


I should add that this little gem from 1996 is also worth reading. :0)

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