Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Aliens, Redux

The day after my last post, Stephen Hawking went and said that he thinks we should fear aliens as opposed to trying to contact them, since they're more likely to be aggressive than peaceful.

"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 colonize whatever planets they can reach."

I think it was the wrong thing to say, not only because that it's super presumptive but also because it casts a huge shadow on SETI and all their efforts. Kevin Hines agrees with me, and I'm pretty sure he's the person that makes assertions into facts. So now, it's a fact that Stephen Hawking said the wrong thing.

That's why Dru Johnston should be especially embarrassed to take the side he took. Observe the victory of peaceful aliens:

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