Are Aliens Real: And Will They Be Good or Bad for Us?
We wanted to know what people on the street thought of the existence of aliens. So we interviewed public at a science fiction convention. The responses to the first set of questions were predictable in that most agreed that alien life forms existed. However, in the second set of questions, the opinion of whether aliens visiting would be good or bad for Earth was split.
Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist
In 2010, Professor Steven Hawking noted, “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
He more recently said planet Gliese 832c could have alien life, but humans should be wary of making contact. “One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back,” he said in the documentary, “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.” He claimed alien life could be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonize.”
Jim Marrs, Alien Agenda
In a 2016 TV interview, Jim Marrs, author of Alien Agenda talked about why aliens might want the Earth, his perspective being similar to Stephen Hawking’s claim as well as the scenario that L. Ron Hubbard presented in his novel, Battlefield Earth.
Jim goes on to trace what appear to be alien encounters dating back to Ezekiel in the Old Testament. He then comes forward to the present with examples from all over the world and a resulting sense of relief that if they have been here all along, perhaps they won’t come to invade and enslave us.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
Neil deGrasse Tyson when asked by Larry King if there was life elsewhere, responded, “You run the numbers and you realize that it would be unbelievably egocentric to suggest that we were alone. Anyone who has actually studied the problem would say sure, that statistics strongly argue in favor of life. Whether it’s intelligent life that we would call intelligent… —you want to lose sleep? Maybe there’s life that is so intelligent, it doesn’t consider us to be intelligent. We came up with our own definition of what intelligence is. Imagine they are so brilliant they look at this like…Neanderthals! They wouldn’t even waste their time.”
Elon Musk, SpaceX
Just recently, Elon Musk commented that aliens probably already knew SpaceX was about to launch the Falcon Heavy.
Elon Musk’s Tesla in space
He has stated multiple times that we are probably not alone in the universe. And if alien life is out there, the human race will not be the smartest life.
Speaking at the World Government Summit, Elon said: “They’re probably already observing us, that would seem quite likely, and we’re just not smart enough to realize it.”
The theory, which falls under the zoo hypothesis, which claims that aliens are watching us, is an attempt at explaining the Fermi Paradox.
In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi, the creator of the world’s first nuclear reactor, came up with a paradox which says due to the age and size of the universe there is bound to be a civilization much more advanced than ours.
While it can hardly be called the last laugh, it is interesting what Elon did with his cherry Tesla Roadster. Should aliens find the payload, they will find an in-car sound system playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on loop. In the dashboard, a sign is labeled “Don’t Panic” as a cheeky reference to Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy. On the car’s circuit board is a little message that says “Made on Earth by humans.”
Tell us what you think. Are aliens real and will they be good or bad for us?