March 10, 2015
Source: The Mirror
The world famous physicist has admitted that if aliens came to visit Earth, the outcome might not be a positive one
Stephen Hawking has tackled the mysteries of the universe his entire life.
Now the world-renowned scientist has some new things to say about a potential alien invasion .
"If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans," Professor Hawking told El País .
"Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach," he said.
The physicist, who has suffered from motor neurone disease since his twenties, explained that the existence of aliens is beyond doubt.
"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."
He also explained that the best chances for the survival of the human race is to find a new home on another planet.
"There's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy Earth," Prof Hawking explains.
"I therefore want to raise public awareness about the importance of space flight. I have learnt not to look too far ahead, but to concentrate on the present.
"I have so much more I want to do."
In July, Britain's most famous scientist helped to launch Breakthrough Listen , a 10-year, £64million project funded by US-based Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.
Mr Milner’s team will scan the skies for alien broadcast signals, searching the entire Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies.
Professor Hawking, 73, said at the Royal Society in London: “Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours aware of what they mean.”
March 10, 2015
I think the right headline is not "could" they - but rather - "would" they.
If they have the technology to come here - wiping us out would be like humans using their thumbs. We've learned it - done it - moved on.
Why is it that so many human beings think they we are somehow special enough (or Earth is unique enough) that we would have this gigantic target for an alien race to conquer us?
In my opinion, the chances of them actually caring to even come to our neck of the woods -- is highly unlikely. (It's like the human race going out of their way to visit every ant colony, on every square inch, of the entire planet -- to ensure the ants know without a doubt -- we are here living above them.)
December 4, 2009
They say, what is out there must be here too. Anything that is out there is also right here. I think that is wondrous!!!
“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”
“—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s
memory works both ways.”
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass