Famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking once again has caught the attention of the international community with a statement that if aliens exist (and they probably do), then humanity should not attempt to contact them.
Confined to a wheelchair due to a neurological disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the astrophysicist made this statement in the new documentary series ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’ on the Discovery Channel.
‘If aliens exist, we shouldn’t try to contact them’
He stressed that in the Universe of 100 billion galaxies, each of which contains millions of stars, the Earth is unlikely to be the only place to be hospitable to life. The astrophysicist added that to his “mathematical mind”, these numbers only are enough to take the possibility that alien civilizations exist into serious consideration.
However, Hawking states that the advanced extraterrestrial civilizations would probably be nomads with shady motives and would seek to colonize other planets, which means that they could pose a threat to humanity.
“If aliens exist and ever visit us, I think the result will look similar to the first visit of Christopher Columbus to America, which was not so good for the natives.”
In fact, many theorists agree with Hawking that if aliens exist, then there is a high probability that they won’t be so friendly and peaceful. There is even a theory to describe the hostility of potential extraterrestrial civilizations, known as the Dark Forest Theory.
Just like Stephen Hawking, this theory compares the scenario of advanced aliens visiting Earth with the dark episodes of human history and the contact that happened between civilized European people and the indigenous tribes of America and Australia.
Despite all this, humans still seek contact with extraterrestrials (and probably always will)
Even though the existence of aliens remains questionable, the human race has tried to come in contact with possible alien civilizations a few times. In 2008, NASA sent out into space the song Across the Universe by the Beatles as a message of friendship addressed to possible extraterrestrial life forms. The message is expected to reach the area of Polaris star in 2439.
So it seems that despite all the warnings, humans are way too curious to not try to unravel the mysteries that our universe is hiding. What do you think? Should we seek contact with extraterrestrial civilizations (if aliens exist, of course)? Or are we better off alone in the universe? Share your thoughts on this controversial topic with us.
Meanwhile, you can watch this video to learn more about Stephen Hawkings’ views on alien life:
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