The world-renowned physicist says aliens should not be trusted.
Stephen Hawking is one of the most respected minds of our time, and when he talks, people listen. So it was rather surprising to hear him admit in a recently released documentary that he’s kind of concerned about us encountering aliens, and he’s even warning mankind to think twice before answering back if aliens reach out to us.
The Hollywood stereotype of aliens as super advanced invaders looking to enslave us and plunder our resources is actually exactly the kind of alien Hawking is worried about. He’s worried that cosmic Vikings are roaming the universe looking for planets to plunder, like ours.
That’s from a brief bit of commentary on a documentary called “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” now streaming on the CuriosityStream service.
So if we one day get a signal from another planet, let’s not get too excited about making contact and end up like the Native Americans in the New World when Christopher Columbus arrived, Hawking said.
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