by John Hawkins | April 26, 2010 2:46 pm
Back in 2006, I did a post on how dumb it was for human beings to try to capture the attention of space aliens,
Consider this: if there are actually aliens out there and a message from Earth reaches them, we don’t have the slightest idea what would happen. If they get the message, they might show up with a big basket of intergalactic flowers or, on the other hand, they might round up our entire population and send us across the galaxy to be made into human space jerky.
But, while we don’t have the slightest idea how the aliens would react, we can be sure that if they can actually receive our message and travel here to meet us, they will likely be so technologically superior that we would be completely at their mercy.
Since that’s the case, does it make sense to try to call attention to ourselves? It’s like a lamb sitting in the middle of the jungle baaing at the top of his lungs in hopes that it will attract another animal. Yes, eventually another critter may come along, but when it does, there might not be anything left but a little wool and half a lamb chop when it’s done.
Guess who agrees with me? That’s right, super-brain Stephen Hawking also says talking to Marvin the Martian is way too dangerous for us:
Renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says intelligent alien life-forms almost certainly exist, but trying to communicate with them is “too risky.”
Their arrival, he says, would be like Columbus landing in the Americas, “which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
I’ve heard the counter-arguments. Nobody is going to come all this way to conquer us. There are resources on uninhabited planets. It goes on and on.
Here’s the thing: Despite the fact that we believe we can divine the intentions of aliens because we’ve seen E.T., the motivations of alien species are going to be completely outside of our reality.
Maybe they’ll want to kill us as part of an alien video game. Maybe they’ll want to eat our thought patterns. Maybe our FEAR will give them a slightly euphoric sensation. Since we know nothing about aliens, it’s impossible for us to know.
What do you think the first reaction was of a bison when a guy with a spear walked up. “Gee, wonder what the big monkey’s doing? He’s too small to be a threat, but boy he has a long arm. Looks like a tree limb. Hey, wonder if the grass would be better over there…” and that’s when the spear entered his side.
How dumb is it to try to get the attention of highly advanced creatures we know nothing about that will likely be able to kill us at will? The question practically answers itself.
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