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April 26, 2010

Stephen Hawking: alien life is out there, scientist warns

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Telegraph.co.uk

Stephen Hawking: alien life is out there, scientist warns

Stephen Hawking has suggested that aliens almost certainly exist but has warned humanity not to try to contact them.

Published: 8:39AM BST 25 Apr 2010

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One of the world’s leading scientists makes the claim in a new television documentary series, beginning on the Discovery Channel next month.

Hawking says that in a universe with 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, it is unlikely that earth is the only place where life has evolved.

“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said, according to The Sunday Times.

“The real challenge is working out what aliens might actually be like.”

Hawking says that they could be microbes – basic animals such as worms which have been on Earth for millions of years, but suggests that extraterrestrial life could develop much further.

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” Hawking said.

“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 colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

The scientist, who is paralysed by motor neurone disease, warned that contact with alien life could spell disaster for the human race.

“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 American Indians.”

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2 Comments »

  1. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens already here for millenia seems perfectly rational. To my mind, this certainly does not preclude ignoring Prof. Hawking’s warning. My suggestion is that if contact has not already been made, avoid it at your own peril. While the likelihood of great diversity among alien beings exists, like humanity, your inability to discern differences easily weighs in favor of avoidance of contact.

    I suspect that if we generalize even quite modestly about our definition of intelligence then there would be examples that can be found–at least with sufficiently powerful methods of perception and analysis; if such intelligence had ever arisen in the past, then extrapolating from our own history we would expect that some of it would long ago have colonized our galaxy–at least with signals, if not with physical objects. Yet it seems likely that they will behave in some ways that are as bizarrely different from human intelligence as many of the simple programs in “A New Kind of Science” are different from the systems that have been traditionally been studied in human mathematics and science.

    Comment by bearmarketnews — April 26, 2010 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

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