Professor Stephen Hawking on Contacting Alien Life Forms
Posted by Robert on May 02, 2010
As you may have heard by now, Stephen Hawking (the renowned theoretical physicist) recently made the statement that it is perfectly rational to assume that alien life does exist in various places in the universe. Hawking’s logic is simple as he points out that the universe has over 100 billion galaxies with each galaxy containing hundreds of millions if not billions of stars. In a place as vast as the universe, it is extremely unlikely that Earth is the only place where life has evolved. Since mankind does not know what alien life may be like, Hawking stated that “the real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.” Not knowing what alien life may be like leads Hawking to point out that mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be extremely devastating.
Now while Professor Hawking speculates that of the life forms that surely exist in the universe only a few may be significantly advanced to pose a threat to Earth. He states that “we only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” Professor Hawking goes on to liken a visit from one of these advanced, malevolent alien life forms to that of Columbus’ landing in North America. The result being that the Native Americans basically had their land taken from them. If you think about that statement, you will soon see that it makes sense in relation to the human existence. Why do humans explore? Historically we explore to find more of the resources that we desire; whether those resources are gold, silver, spices or even just more land to claim as our own. As for Columbus, he was exploring to find a faster way to India to reduce the amount of time that it took to deliver the resources from India back to Europe. In the modern day humans are exploring our solar system to find resources that we are quickly depleting from the Earth and to find a new place to live once we finally destroy the life-sustaining characteristics of Earth.
Why is it such a stretch to think that other extraterrestrial life forms would be any different? After all in the search for planets that could harbor extraterrestrials, scientists are limiting their search to planets that contain water, oxygen and that are a certain distance away from their sun. Since we are assuming that alien life needs the same building blocks as life on Earth, is it a far stretch to assume that advanced alien life would also approach exploring the same way that humans do? If advanced alien life forms were to find Earth (assuming they have not found Earth already), being that they have the advanced technology to travel intergalactic space; how difficult would it be for them to take anything that they wanted from Earth? The answer is that it would probably not be very difficult at all for the aliens to take what they wanted.
Now the question is: Why should we assume that advanced alien life forms would behave like humans? The evidence is mounting that advance alien life has already visited Earth and continues to do so. Yet, mankind still exists. Now maybe mankind has just been lucky so far in that a race of advanced alien life that behaves like us has not yet found Earth. But how long will our luck last if we keep sending signals that we exist like the US probes Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 that were launched baring information about humanity back in 1972 and 1973 or even the beaming of the Beatles song “Across the Universe” in 2008?
However, not everyone thinks that aliens are out to take our planet. Some like the former Canadian defense minister believe that aliens have been visiting Earth for a long time and he believes that aliens have contributed to many of humanity’s technological advances such as microchips and fiber optics.
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