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Stephen Hawking warns over making contact with aliens

Aliens almost certainly exist but humans should avoid making contact, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.

In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned astrophysicist said it was “perfectly rational” to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.

But he warned that aliens might simply raid Earth for resources, then move on.

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,” he said.

Read more at the BBC web site


  • tina
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I agree, let’s not ask for trouble.

  • MaT
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Hawking’s preaching to the choir.

    We’ve all seen Independence Day. We know what’s gonna happen. I just hope Will Smith and Seth Brundle are still alive to save us.

  • Posted April 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    So long as the alien spaceships are Mac-compatible, we’ll be fine.

  • Prof. Bleak
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I recorded this episode and the one about time travel and watched them today. It’s an amazing show and I highly recommend everyone tune in if you have any interest in science at all.

  • K-eRRor
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    That bare-bones article makes me wonder if Hawking’s comments weren’t taken out of context somewhat. If an alien civilization has the power and skills to travel the gulfs of space, i rather doubt we have anything they’d need.

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