Monday, April 26, 2010

Stephen Hawking Warns, Don't Give ET Candy

LeVar Burton
I might have missed this bit of news on physicist Stephen Hawking warning humans not to engage aliens if I didn't follow Star Trek's LeVar Burton. Earlier today on Twitter, he sent, "Hmm...! RT @jollyroger: Steven Hawking recommends humans should avoid talking to advanced alien species."

Does this mean I need to follow JollyRoger as well, who I think is actually Tekzilla, or at least somebody promoting Tekzilla? After all @JollyRoger sent it first.

And OMG! Levar Burton is better looking now, at 53, than he was 30 years ago. Why don't I see any straight men in their 50s who look like this on the streets of New Orleans? Well, Burton is taken. So, moving on ...

Stephen Hawking
Yep, here is the beginning of the Hawking article in the UK Times.
THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact. (Read more)
Mediate posted on this as well, pulling this Hawkings quote:
“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…We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”
And let's not forget Africa, bub.

So, he and astronomer Jill Tarter of SETI as well as other scientists, all believe we're not alone in the universe, but after that Tarter and Hawking's messages conflict. Tarter wants us humans to work together to find us some extraterrestrials. The sooner, the better. I don't know that Tarter wants us to over aliens sweet tea and cookies, but her talk about seeking out a alien meet-up was definitely less gloomy.

Hawking leans more toward our first contact being like the movie Independence Day or ABC's resurrection of V and its sinister aliens who want something from us we can't afford to give. Maybe they have that cookbook from the Twilight Zone, To Serve Man. Yes, Hawking thinks that if aliens ring Earth's doorbell they're going to come, take what they want, and leave us stripped of our goodies like a, um, ... you fill in the blank.

He'll be sharing more in a new show on the Discovery Channel, Into the Universe.
Stephen Hawking hosts an epic new kind of cosmology series, a Planet Earth of the heavens. It takes the world's most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation. Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time — from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel. (Discovery Channel's description)
What? Time travel? I know J.J. Abrams will watch some of this one, but maybe not until after the Lost series finale and live event.

Into the Universe premiered last night, April 25. I'll have to catch it on demand or in a rerun. It came on first at 9:00, and I can't miss Tremé on HBO. Seriously, Tremé is the first time I've seen a show about New Orleans done right.

Fortunately, episode one of this Discover series repeats tonight.


Reggie said...

I have always thought that it's rather arrogant of people to think that there isn't any intelligent life out there in the rest of the universe. There are millions of planets out there; and while that life might not look exactly like us, there's gotta be life out there.

What I do not; however, believe is that if intelligent life existed out there that it would use it's superior technology to fly across the universe to have sex with rednecks in Nebraska. The whole "I was abducted and they had sex with me" thing is just a little too weird.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Sex with rednecks. Yes, that is a strange pursuit for extraterrestrials unless they, after observing a certain kind of red neck (they're not all the same), thought them to also be from another planet, some kind of Bizzaro World. ;-)

Yeah, Reggie, the odds of our being alone in the universe are slim.

Can-Can said...

Levar Burton is fine-ine-ine.
Okay, got that comment out of the way.

And there is something else besides us earthlings - what - I don't really need to know. Hard enough to manage my earth life, can't manage out-of-space life or second life for that matter.