A blog posting on NPR’s website immediately caught my eye today. Professor Stephen Hawking, the highly respected theoretical physicist/applied mathematician, thinks we shouldn’t be so gung ho when it comes to making contact with aliens. The Discovery Channel is airing a show called Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, and in this series, he mentions that it might be in our planet’s best interest if we kept our location on the down low until we can be on the same level when contact happens. I’m translating this to mean that he thinks the aliens will invade and try and take over our planet, and we better calm down and not be trying to make contact with any alien life forms until we’re on an even keel. I have no idea what this “be on the same playing field” would entail. How does a planet prepare to make contact with an alien species? Super high tech weapons or spaceships? Communication/translation devices (how are we to understand one another)? People have been sighting UFOs and relaying abduction stories for many, many years. But I think what Hawking fears is a full-on invasion where the people of Earth will be harmed by the aliens, which immediately gets my mind thinking in terms of sci fi books, movies, and tv shows.
Your thoughts about seekingÂ alien contact?