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April 26, 2010

Stephen Hawking launches exopolitics debate

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Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner

Stephen Hawking launches exopolitics debate

April 26, 9:57 AMHonolulu Exopolitics ExaminerMichael Salla, Ph.D.

Professor Stephen Hawking – Photo AP

Exopolitics involves study of the public policy implications of extraterrestrial life. Hitherto confined to esoteric discussions between intellectuals, researchers and ‘experiencers’ on the fringes of mainstream academia, world famous British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, now publicly approves exopolitical discussions. In a new documentary series that began Sunday night, April 25, on the Discovery Channel, Hawking claims that the high mathematical probability that alien life exists, makes reflection on their possible motivations necessary. While Hawking does not mention the word ‘exopolitics’ his statements legitimate efforts to study the public policy implications of extraterrestrial life. Hawking’s statements are the logical development of recent scientific conferences studying the implications of alien  life. In the last six months, both the Vatican and the Royal Society of London have held astrobiological conferences studying the implications of life found on other worlds. Hawking’s documentary series indicates his approval of scientists making public policy recommendations on the hitherto fringe topic of extraterrestrial life. Hawking’s own recommendation is to ignore intelligent aliens, they might be dangerous!

In his new documentary series, Hawking says:

“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.”

Hawking is here referring to the shear number of life bearing planets, or exoplanets, estimated to exist in the Milky Way galaxy, let alone the universe. Recent scientific discoveries reveal that life can evolve under the harshest conditions, as evidenced near undersea volcanoes and 600 feet under the Antarctic ice crust. If life can evolve under extreme conditions on Earth, then this greatly increases the possibility of life on other worlds. A similar conclusion was reached by scientists at the Royal Society of London conference held from January 25-26, 2010. Professor Simon Conway Morris, a Cambridge University evolutionary biologist, said:

Contrary to most neo-Darwinian thinking at the moment, evolution is much more predictable than people think. In short, under the right conditions of a “biosphere” such as those present on Earth, the molecules necessary to form complex and intelligent life are already available; Darwinian evolution will do the rest.

The scientific debate now shifts, according to Hawking, to “what aliens might actually be like.” This is where Hawkings launches into the emerging field of exopolitics:

“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 colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

Hawkings continues his expolitical analysis when it comes to the possible outcome of Earth ever being discovered by visiting extraterrestrial life:

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.”

Hawking’s new documentary series goes significantly beyond recent scientific discussion of possible extraterrestrial life by actually recommending public policy on its inevitable discovery. While one can heartily disagree with Hawking’s public policy recommendation of ignoring intelligent alien life, he is to be congratulated for elevating exopolitical study as a “perfectly rational” discussion. Thank you Stephen Hawking for endorsing exopolitical discussion, if not yet the actual term ‘exopolitics’.

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