Why is it that skeptical scientists (or at least those that are skeptical that an advanced alien race could ever get to our planet…because, we already know everything there is to know, right?) always debunk reported contact with aliens because the aliens are physically “too human-like,” and yet always assume that if the aliens did come here, it would be for all-too-human reasons? To me, the logic doesn’t flow. You can’t say that aliens wouldn’t have two eyes, two arms, fingers, etc., because every planet’s evolution would play out differently, but then in the same breath conclude that their motivations would be quite psychologically human. It’s always either that they’d come here to show us the error of our ways (perhaps bring their version of Democracy here?) or come down and blow us to little itty bitty bits (perhaps bring their version of Democracy here?). Well, AFP is reporting that the world’s most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, is spouting this sort of stuff now.
LONDON (AFP) – Aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday.
“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,” said the astrophysicist in a new television series, according to British media reports.
The programmes depict an imagined universe featuring alien life forms in huge spaceships on the hunt for resources after draining their own planet dry.
“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach,” warned Hawking.
The doomsday scenario is suggested in the series “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” on the Discovery Channel, which began airing in the United States on Sunday.
Again, why would they come to colonize? Why would they come to steal our resources? These are very human, and honestly unimaginative, theories. Plausible, but still unimaginative. And if you’re going to go with human-like theories, then why stop there? Maybe they would want to come here simply out of curiosity? Or maybe they will come here to open a new chain of superstore?