Popular cinema, conventional logic, and our own inherent human tendency for curiosity tell s that should we ever come across an extraterrestrial life form, we should "reach out and touch someone"- so to speak- and try to make that key first contact UFO believers have so longed for. I mean, after all, we did not decent from fearful men...
Well, it turns out that may not be the best of ideas, at last if you ask Stephan hawking. Seems the smartest guy in the world believes that human beings should be wary of the various ultra alien life forms existing in the universe out there.
And be assured folks...
Stephan Hawking is certain that there are aliens out there.
In a documentary series being made for The Discovery Channel (beginning May 9 at 9pm EST) in order to explain the various unsolved mysteries of the universe, Stephan Hawking asserts that by his logic (the most logical of any Earthly logics) alien life is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.
His logic on the matter is simple, really:
The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.
“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
Hawking believes that most alien life found out in the various regions of space is microbial or simple creatures- the sort of life that has dominated Earth for most of its history.
But just as one life form evolved into "us' on earth, so too did other intelligent life forms evolve in other corners of the various universes.
And it's these life forms which Hawking believes could be a threat to we Earthlings.
“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. 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.”
So take that hippies and your simplistic belief that the coming of our alien overlords will mark an era of peace and enlightenment... not the returning of cruel taskmasters coming to once again take control of the slave species they created in their image...
Just like in Battlefield: Earth!(And just like that Scientologists don't seem so bloody weird anymore...)