Stephen Hawking: Aliens Might Kill Us All

Alien Attack!Jonathan Leake writes in the Times:

The aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.

The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the world’s leading scientists, will set out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

Alien life, he will suggest, 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.

Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. 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.

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  • tonyviner

    This guy is such a know-it-all.

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  • http://twitter.com/Atherworld Kevin Stern

    So many flaws in his theories. The first is, thinkign Earth is typicla of the universe. Just because we have mnostly microbes, doesn't mean macro life is such a rarity out there. Just because we're a bunch of warmongering violence lovers, doesn't mean everyone else is. In fact, a long ago theory was that in order to be spacefaring, you need to get past these tendencies, and work together on a global level. Earth also isn't abundnat in resources. We're running out. Oil is about to peak, if it hasn't already, we're preparing for an error of Resource Wars over dwindeling supplies of water, and the soon o ebs acrcity of food if we don't curb population growth. Maybe they'll wnat our CO2. Well, let them have it. Cooler for us. Gold perhaps? Well, some say ancient alien miners already got the best stuff. Would explain the lack of the motherload. The real threat is alien disease aliens might inadvertently bring. Remember what happened when Europeans reached South America?

    • GWF Hegel

      you are exactly right about hawkings assumption that aliens are going to be like humans are at the moment. capitalism – a recent phenomenon, and one that will not last more a few more centuries – is what makes us resource hungry crazy things (maybe it is like a species-level puberty), and if anything the danger is that capitalism will spread to alien lands just as it has spread across the earth. In any case, if they are watching us, I suspect they are keeping us quarantined until we fix our own problems and starting acting like we value each others lives.

    • deadlypancake

      Yes, but the Europeans were the same species as the South Americans. Viruses work by manipulating DNA, making them only affect a range of species containing a similar genetic structure. The chances of our genes matching those of an extra-terrestrial race that evolved completely separately from our entire ecosystem, within a certain margin of error to be able to be affected by the same virus would have to be astronomically low. Of course, if it were so, they'd be gettin' sick from our viruses as well.

      What would be more likely are parasites and bacteria-like infections, but that's even a coin-toss, because we would have to assume that our bodies, completely foreign to the alien parasite, would be hospitable enough for them to flourish inside of us.

  • Just Sayin….

    Golly gee! Don't ya think we're doing a good enough job of it ourselves all ready, really people! Hopefully if there is alien life out there it is far more intelligent than the human species here on earth at present day. Hopefully “they” have evolved beyond our own reptilian nature. It is pretty infantile to think “everything out there” might want to kill or destroy us. Then again maybe not, in the name of “their” own self preservation, or to keep our human contagion and greed from spreading throughout the universe. We're so primitive, survivalism on overdrive, humans may be the first and only species to go extinct due to “modern day convenience”, consume, consume, consume…… Or maybe it's Satan's fault.

    • Kian_morgan

      you know mate stephen hawkings said on a progamme on the television that we should avoid any contact because he thinks they are goin to attack us not come be friends, and nasa said that they are going to try and build a machine in the year 2014 to go to another universe and try find someone ufos or find the aliens planet run by them. Hawkings said that they are goin to attack us in the year 2020 or 2025 so id get ready if i was you they will destroy mankind!!!!!!

  • E.B. Wolf

    If you really stop and imagine observing the human animal from an outside species' perspective, who wouldn't want to destroy us before we are able to spread to other planets?

    Any alien life intelligent enough to explore space would likely view us a highly infectious contagion and want us quarantined or destroyed for the good of the galaxy.

  • bulletproofheart

    we are cosmic royalty with amnesia.
    Everything exists everywhere, especially considering how easy it is for spontaneous dna to appear. Super heating sand to white hot luminescence in a vacuum is all you need.

  • deadlypancake

    Hawking is being so limited in his thinking here.

    Of course, he's right in that there DEFINITELY has to be life out there. I wouldn't even place it in the realm of impossibility that some of them already know all about earth, and us. That being said, it's highly pessimistic to believe that an alien race capable of traversing the galaxy, perhaps even the universe, would be so savage as to waste their time trying to eradicate us. The galaxy is a huge place, so even if they perceive us as a threat, the simpler answer would be to merely run away, and search elsewhere for whatever it is they are looking for.

    Here on earth, conflict is caused by the fact that we have limited resources- be it land, food, water, oil, sex, whatever. So, knowing that, and considering whether or not aliens have (nearly) unlimited resources, we can estimate the likelihood of an attack after contact to be slim. Either their technology grants them nearly-endless resources by allowing them to recycle all that they have and extract enough usable energy form the universe to travel across space and keep their life support systems up, or they would have to make trips based on a set amount of resources to begin with, severely limiting what they can do on their voyage. In such a case, they will either have no reason to attack us because they have everything they need, or they will be too far from home to be able to mount an offense strong enough to eradicate us.

    Even if we consider in the limited resources scenario that they find us, see us as a threat, run home, and come back with the proper means to destroy us, that still leaves them with a big problem. If they've mastered near light-speed travel, then their trip will take nearly no time for them, but thanks to time dialation, a lot more time will have passed for the rest of the universe, allowing us to advance even further in our technology, thus rendering whatever they DID know about us after their first visit nearly useless.

    Any way you want to cut it, I think the advantages of attacking us are far outweighed by taking a more non-confrontational approach. While we do have destructive tendencies, I think humanity is coming out of a phase of adolescence as a species. Our birth rate is leveling off, we're constantly coming up with more ways to produce more by using less while impacting the environment less, and ultimately I think we will reach a state of peace once we can provide for everyone in the world with less effort than it takes today. That's also granting that those who have power now somehow get over their fear of equality, but I'm nothing if not an optimist. Any peaceful beings visiting our planet would get to see that, I think, and may even lend us a hand in getting along.

  • 5by5

    Well he may be right. We might be doing the galactic equivalent of walking into a forest populated by grizzly bears with bloody prime Angus steaks and smelly trout hanging from our necks and boldly announcing “I am here, come eat and/or anal probe me! And did I mention I also have abundant supplies of severed cow lips?”

    Then again, the aliens could be as lonely as we are, and only want flowers and friendship along with the occasional cow lip.

    Ultimately I think it all depends upon how many civilizations actually make it past the point we're at now, where we've discovered the means to obliterate life on our own planet, but still remain emotionally primitive and occasionally downright daft. Making that hurdle into planetary maturity may be a much harder leap than we realize, but I have the feeling that if a civilization makes it, it will be somewhat less likely to be dickish when it meets a new sentient species.

    Of course it could be like that scene in Babylon 5 when the character of G'Kar walks over to a flower and scoops up an ant off the flower and onto his finger, then plunks him back down onto the flower and asks, “If you were that ant, do you think you could explain to other ants what had just happened, or even have the language to express where you'd been, much less communicate with us?”

    And then continues, “There are things in the Universe billions of years older than either of our races. They are vast, timeless, and if they are aware of us at all, it is as little more than ants, and we have as much chance of communicating with them as an ant has with us. We know. We've tried. And we've learned that we can either stay out from underfoot, or be stepped on. They are a mystery, and I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the Universe. That we have not explained everything.”

  • APRyason

    Werner von Braun predicted after the “communist” threat was over it would be “terrorists,” and after that it would be an “alien” threat. There always has to be something scary out there to justify government “protection.” Hawking is just getting us primed for the next boogie man. Maybe all we need is duct tape and plastic sheeting.

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Just remember, don’t panic!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ZLi4sjcvQ

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Just remember, don't panic!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ZLi4sjcvQ

  • Kian_morgan

    I believe every word he said and i believe in aliens ufo’s everything, however the aliens are not in our solar system i will tell you that and i am really into all this alien stuff and im only 11 so im very young.

  • Kian_morgan

    I believe every word he said and i believe in aliens ufo’s everything, however the aliens are not in our solar system i will tell you that and i am really into all this alien stuff and im only 11 so im very young.

  • Kian_morgan

    you know mate stephen hawkings said on a progamme on the television that we should avoid any contact because he thinks they are goin to attack us not come be friends, and nasa said that they are going to try and build a machine in the year 2014 to go to another universe and try find someone ufos or find the aliens planet run by them. Hawkings said that they are goin to attack us in the year 2020 or 2025 so id get ready if i was you they will destroy mankind!!!!!!

  • Ishma

    Steven Hawking uses the decimal system which isn’t even in concordance with the universe what’s more he is a plagiarist.

    It is a well known fact that the satanic global cult of Illuminati are pushing for a false flag alien invasion, and this has been known for well over 60 years.

    Now in an infinite universe, why the hell would anyone invade our tiny spinning poo ?.
    Only someone with the xenophobic mind set of a control freak, an illuminati member would be so paranoid and so small minded that they really think anyone would believe this and would actually try and carry out a false flag alien invasion.

    Why would anyone invade our spinning poo when we are already here, because it is also known that we live in all forms and Humanity is the form of Earth.

    Such mind sets are convinced they are more intelligent than the rest of the world when in fact they are not only stupid to unparalleled psychotic levels, but they have negative intelligence, because it takes an extra positive to create life and anything opposite to this is to go against the very force that sustains life, the very fields that retain current within a body, the very forces that reduce when you are away from the planet, Human will.

    To not even understand the basic principle of what you are and what sustains you goes beyond xenophobia and stupidity, because even devil worshipers need the positively charged fields created by a planet to live, I’m guessing even the works of Dr Emoto would be lost on them.

    And to alter the people here would be to degrade that force, and therefore degrade the fracal propergating forces that make up this part of the galaxy, because it takes ‘many colors’ to create light, so altering or removing ‘a given spectrum’ is also against the very forces those that you need to live!.

    How can such people poke fun at the retarded when the retarded have so much more Joy than they do making them understand this very basic principle to a Yoda like degree in comparason.

    And yes, people should be offended that I made that comparison because we all know deep down inside what I’m talking about when I point my finger at the likes of the NAZI party and the Illuminati, people with retardation deserve much better than to be compared to the likes of those who we can’t deem as members of the Human race.

    I think it is high time we added ‘negative’ intelligence to IQ tests so we can weed out such people.

  • Ishma

    Steven Hawking uses the decimal system which isn’t even in concordance with the universe what’s more he is a plagiarist.

    It is a well known fact that the satanic global cult of Illuminati are pushing for a false flag alien invasion, and this has been known for well over 60 years.

    Now in an infinite universe, why the hell would anyone invade our tiny spinning poo ?.
    Only someone with the xenophobic mind set of a control freak, an illuminati member would be so paranoid and so small minded that they really think anyone would believe this and would actually try and carry out a false flag alien invasion.

    Why would anyone invade our spinning poo when we are already here, because it is also known that we live in all forms and Humanity is the form of Earth.

    Such mind sets are convinced they are more intelligent than the rest of the world when in fact they are not only stupid to unparalleled psychotic levels, but they have negative intelligence, because it takes an extra positive to create life and anything opposite to this is to go against the very force that sustains life, the very fields that retain current within a body, the very forces that reduce when you are away from the planet, Human will.

    To not even understand the basic principle of what you are and what sustains you goes beyond xenophobia and stupidity, because even devil worshipers need the positively charged fields created by a planet to live, I’m guessing even the works of Dr Emoto would be lost on them.

    And to alter the people here would be to degrade that force, and therefore degrade the fracal propergating forces that make up this part of the galaxy, because it takes ‘many colors’ to create light, so altering or removing ‘a given spectrum’ is also against the very forces those that you need to live!.

    How can such people poke fun at the retarded when the retarded have so much more Joy than they do making them understand this very basic principle to a Yoda like degree in comparason.

    And yes, people should be offended that I made that comparison because we all know deep down inside what I’m talking about when I point my finger at the likes of the NAZI party and the Illuminati, people with retardation deserve much better than to be compared to the likes of those who we can’t deem as members of the Human race.

    I think it is high time we added ‘negative’ intelligence to IQ tests so we can weed out such people.

  • michael

    You might want to think twice.  What you always seem to think is reality may not be what it seems.  Before my brother passed, he only told me one thing.  I knew that he had seen and did a lot of top secret work, but he would not tell me any of it because I was adopted and he said that it was possible I could have been a plant, which I wasn’t, he also told me that if he told me anything he would have to kill me, I thought he was joking, he wasnt.  I didn’t push for anything else.  I understood.  As far as I’m  concerned there’s nothing I could do about it anyway so I didn’t want to know.  He just told me, what you think isn’t possible, believe it is possible.  He had seen a lot of things in the Air Force back in the 60’s.  He just would not tell me what.  Everything isn’t always what it seems.  Brains are formed and conditioned.  That is all. 

    I just live my last days as comfortable as I can in my old age, or getting their.  I just want peace and compassion and harmony.  No, I was not a hippie, I was to young for that.  My brother was 14 years older then I.  Be yourselves.

  • michael

    You might want to think twice.  What you always seem to think is reality may not be what it seems.  Before my brother passed, he only told me one thing.  I knew that he had seen and did a lot of top secret work, but he would not tell me any of it because I was adopted and he said that it was possible I could have been a plant, which I wasn’t, he also told me that if he told me anything he would have to kill me, I thought he was joking, he wasnt.  I didn’t push for anything else.  I understood.  As far as I’m  concerned there’s nothing I could do about it anyway so I didn’t want to know.  He just told me, what you think isn’t possible, believe it is possible.  He had seen a lot of things in the Air Force back in the 60’s.  He just would not tell me what.  Everything isn’t always what it seems.  Brains are formed and conditioned.  That is all. 

    I just live my last days as comfortable as I can in my old age, or getting their.  I just want peace and compassion and harmony.  No, I was not a hippie, I was to young for that.  My brother was 14 years older then I.  Be yourselves.

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