Hawking says, ““Don’t Talk To Aliens…It’s A Little Too Risky!” Aliens are almost definitely out there, Stephen Hawking says, but it’s probably in our best interests to avoid any contact rather than seeking them out. In a new documentary series, Hawking sets out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.
In the series for the Discovery Channel, Hawking uses elaborate imagery to lead on to a more serious conclusion: a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity, with aliens raiding our planet for resources and then moving 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,” Hawking says. “Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”
Hawking continues on to say that attempting to make contact with alien races is a “little too risky.”
“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,” he concluded.
Hawking has suggested the possibility of alien life before, but his views are typically clarified by scientific breakthroughs. With 450 planets discovered to be orbiting distant stars, it seems like a reasonable possibility.
Recently, astronomer Lord Rees also issued a warning about alien life in a lecture.
“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our own brains.”