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Stephen Hawking agrees that aliens won’t be friendly

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Remember Simon Conway Morris?  He was the guy who warned of the potential threat that extra-terrestrials could pose to our planet.  Well apparently he’s been backed up by British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. The CBC is reporting today that Hawking warns about the dangers of communicating with aliens in an up-coming Discovery Channel documentary.  This is essentially the same warning that Morris gave at a conference of the Royal Society in London back in January.

It must be quite an ego boost for Morris – it’s not every day that a legendary genius agrees with your theories.

I, on the other hand, still think that even the arrival of peaceful aliens would be devastating for the human race. We don’t take well to outsiders.

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Could aliens be just like humans?

Posted in Finds, Random, Thoughts with tags , , , , on April 5, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

At least one scientist, Simon Conway Morris, has warned that we should all be wary of the potential threat that extra-terrestrials could pose if some should ever visit our planet.  But he’s not concerned that they might have vastly superior (and deadly) technology, or that they could have threatening powers of the mind.  No, he’s warning that if aliens come calling, they may be just like us – violent, greedy and exploitative.

According to the The Guardian, this was the basis of a lecture that Morris gave at a conference of the Royal Society in London back in January.

Morris’ theory is pretty simple.  He suggests that since scientists agree that life in the rest of the universe would be most likely to occur on planets similar to Earth, it is reasonable to expect that this life would develop in much the same way that it has on Earth. He explains,

“My view is that Darwinian evolution is really quite predictable, and when you have a biosphere and evolution takes over, then common themes emerge and the same is true for intelligence.”

And if this is the case, it is quite likely that aliens could show up looking for water, fuel, or simply a place to live – presumably because they had already screwed up their own planet.

There is certainly some logic to this theory. If life developed on a planet similar to Earth, and was subject to the same kind of Darwinian evolution, one would expect extra-terrestrials to have all sorts of commonalities with humans.

But wouldn’t those commonalities include our limitations?  We can’t travel to the next closest planet in our own galaxy – never mind planets beyond it! If an extra-terrestrial society were to have emerged in a such manner as would produce beings similar to us, how would they manage to get here?

Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I would like to believe that an alien civilization that is capable of overcoming the speed of light problem, will also have overcome greed and intolerance.

As far as I am concerned, if aliens visit, humanity will pose a greater threat to itself than the visitors will. And lets face it, any truly intelligent beings with malice intent would recognize that taking over Earth would only require a minimum of influence from themselves.  They would need only to make their presence known – and basic human insecurity would drive us to kill each other.

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