Stay Away From Those Aliens
Much has been made about British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking’s recent comments warning us against contact with those from outer space:
“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.”
It’s easy to dismiss this statement as silly, however Hawking strongly disagrees:
“the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
So should we really halt our attempts to contact outer space?
We tend to picture aliens as either cute and cuddly (think E.T.) or ugly dumb insects that we will eventually kick the shit out of (see Independence Day or any of the 100 Starship Trooper movies). What if neither of those scenarios play out? What if they are just another race, similar to ours, that has simply advanced faster technologically? Hawking’s comparison to Europeans (aliens) landing on Native American (Earth) soil becomes applicable at that point, and we all know how the Native Americans fared in that relationship. Of course there’s still the possibility they’ll just want to come down and play basketball (à la Space Jam), in which case there is nothing to worry about.