Monday, 26 September 2016

Stephen Hawking Warns of Bad Aliens - Again

Prof. Hawking is in a warning mood.

Joel Kontinen

Professor Stephen Hawking keeps on seeing threats here and there. Recently he again warned us of the danger of trying to contact aliens.

He thinks there might be life on Gliese 832c, an exoplanet that orbits a red dwarf star some 16 light years from us. It is five times as big as Earth and has a year (i.e., the length of one orbit) that lasts a mere 36 days.

Image courtesy of PHL @ UPR Arecibo, NASA Hubble, Stellarium.

Last year, Professor Hawking launched the $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative with Russian tycoon Yuri Milner with the aim of finding extraterrestrial life:

The Breakthrough Listen project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking. One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back,” The Independent quotes him as saying.

He is afraid that the little green men might kill us off.

This is not the first time he warns us of bad aliens.

In his naturalistic /materialistic world, the universe should be teeming with life, some of which might be far more intelligent than we are.

And since the only model he knows of is our fallen world, he obviously thinks aliens must also be bad.

He believes that the universe made itself through natural laws. He has everything popping out of nothing.

But quantum fluctuations cannot salvage lazy thinking.

By ignoring the supernatural dimension, Prof. Hawkins is in effect endorsing the flatland view of reality.

He has previously warned humanity of the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI), so seeing threats all over the place seems to be second nature to him.


Griffin, Andrew. 2016. Stephen Hawking warns that humanity should not respond to aliens in case they kill us all. The Independent (23 September).