Don’t Talk to Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

from The Sunday Times, April 25, 2010
Published here: Sunday, April 25, 2010 @ 5:27 PM

Hawking has depicted what kinds of alien could be out there

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.

The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the world’s leading scientists, will set out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

Alien life, he will suggest, is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.

Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.

“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”

The answer, he suggests, is that most of it will be the equivalent of microbes or simple animals — the sort of life that has dominated Earth for most of its history.

One scene in his documentary for the Discovery Channel shows herds of two-legged herbivores browsing on an alien cliff-face where they are picked off by flying, yellow lizard-like predators. Another shows glowing fluorescent aquatic animals forming vast shoals in the oceans thought to underlie the thick ice coating Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.

Such scenes are speculative, but Hawking uses them to lead on to a serious point: that a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

The completion of the documentary marks a triumph for Hawking, now 68, who is paralysed by motor neurone disease and has very limited powers of communication. The project took him and his producers three years, during which he insisted on rewriting large chunks of the script and checking the filming.

John Smithson, executive producer for Discovery, said: “He wanted to make a programme that was entertaining for a general audience as well as scientific and that’s a tough job, given the complexity of the ideas involved.”

Hawking has suggested the possibility of alien life before but his views have been clarified by a series of scientific breakthroughs, such as the discovery, since 1995, of more than 450 planets orbiting distant stars, showing that planets are a common phenomenon.

So far, all the new planets found have been far larger than Earth, but only because the telescopes used to detect them are not sensitive enough to detect Earth-sized bodies at such distances.

Another breakthrough is the discovery that life on Earth has proven able to colonise its most extreme environments. If life can survive and evolve there, scientists reason, then perhaps nowhere is out of bounds.

Hawking’s belief in aliens places him in good scientific company. In his recent Wonders of the Solar System BBC series, Professor Brian Cox backed the idea, too, suggesting Mars, Europa and Titan, a moon of Saturn, as likely places to look.

Similarly, Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, warned in a lecture earlier this year that aliens might prove to be beyond human understanding.

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

Stephen Hawking’s Universe begins on the Discovery Channel on Sunday May 9 at 9pm

19 thoughts on “Don’t Talk to Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

  1. Patrick


    Thanks for your further thoughts on this.

    Best wishes,

    Nick Pope

    Message Received: May 20 2013, 10:33 PM
    From: “Patrick Newbound”
    To: “Nick Pope”
    Subject: Re: Roswell

    Fair point, then Decart didn’t consider his species, just his own existence. I consider any intelligence capable of fair judgement followed by anticipated outcome.

    If you have seen a ufo, then you accept an alternative intelligence, equally an alternative intelligence would be aware of others, an alternative intelligence would not impart knowledge that may ultimately cause harm to itself or possibly others.

    Therefore it would not risk giving up knowledge without anticipating the outcome.

    So what outcome would you anticipate if you gave access to such advanced knowledge to another intelligence?

    Can’t be all good.

    Keep up the good work.


    P.s. philosophy isn’t one of my core strengths.

    Sent from my iPad

    On 19 May 2013, at 21:11, Nick Pope wrote:

    > Patrick,
    > Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I’m always wary of taking an anthropocentric view of such matters, but I’m not sure any of us are capable of doing otherwise.
    > Best wishes,
    > Nick Pope
    > ========================================
    > Message Received: May 19 2013, 09:36 PM
    > From: “Patrick Newbound”
    > To: “Nick Pope”
    > Cc:
    > Subject: Roswell
    > Hi Nick,
    > Just a thought but if we can fly around the world on commercial aircraft with very few crashes or problems using known technology, how is it I wonder that ET would crash at all?
    > Therefore if there have been any such incidents it would have to have been done on purpose, this leads me to conclude that either ET never did crash or if they did, it doesn’t follow it was for mankind’s benefit.
    > I have read a number of Ian M Banks sci fi books and one of the common themes is about making contact with other species and the protocol used.
    > Whilst I appreciate that Roswell and other such incidents are not stories from a book I do believe there would need to be a pre-agreed protocol between space faring species about making contact with low tech civilisations.
    > It doesn’t make any sense to up tech a bunch of half wit humans any more than traveling back in time and giving Napoleon an atomic bomb!
    > Therefore either there has never been an ET crash or we’re being duped into something that may not be in our best interest.
    > I have noticed most of my emails to you are negative!
    > Please be assured I am generally found to be a good natured person.
    > Thanks for your time
    > Regards
    > Patrick
    > Sent from my iPad

  2. david.

    hawking is an idiot. not because he’s in a wheel chair or because he has a debilitating condition for which i am sorry to learn of, but because he must be an idiot. He would have to be considering…
    You’d think someone with the title of one of the leading scientists in the world, would give a hoot to spend some time looking at the cosmos or night sky. et really isn’t that hard to find even without night vision or infra-red 940nm (or higher) gear. what is he doing with his time? with all the industry contacts he has, you’d think he would have known about and taken an interest in the nasa footage if he needed to be convinced, and was actually seeking which is undeniable when their own optical technicians couldn’t pick out their satellite amongst an armada of friendlies. see why hawking is an idiot… who gets paid money to speak lies… I wouldnt be surprised if he was appointed for this very reason.

    “He wanted to make a programme that was entertaining for a general audience as well as scientific and that’s a tough job, given the complexity of the ideas involved.”

    Yeah, it must be really complex to take a seat and swallow pride god forbid should he support his peers the way members of the scientific community should. not to mention that statement is basically a shifty way of saying they want to make a programme that is captivating despite its lack of factual content. propaganda and disinformation if you ask me. it would seem a joke to anybody that is familiar with the “elite’s” methods of brainwashing.

    Sam Sama – you should be aware my friend, that there are several different “classes” of ufo’s out there. The only “unidentified” crafts should be those that are made on terra firma and abroad BUT only those that make up the existing fleets on the lower physical plane (hertzian). The reason for this sam is because in our hertzian reality, objects are only solid to us if the craft is also operating in our hertz spectrum, and a little part of infra-red. As soon as you ocillate higher towards visible light, you no longer need a materialistic craft because at that level, the pilot is free from dualism itself. It hasn’t been assigned as either male or female yet. It is pure consciousness (those white orbs is what you will look like in free-form without a body. This is the true ET msg to us. For those advanced entities that have evolved through the secrets of life and have earned the ability to manually take over the responsibility of creation, as they’ve earned it, they may create for themselves any form they desire. This is true and this is where a lot of the “shape shifting” reports originated from. Life is infinite. They can materialize into anything they like using focused thought to reach higher states of consciouess, where thoughts manifest quicker, due to a higher frequency resonance. Focus on the eagle and you will take shape as one, just like the caterpillar builds for itself a coccoon so it can dream the dream of the butterfly. in a few short days it will emerge with wings!

    There is so much to learn, and a lot of secrets can be found in nature. you just have to pick up on it. a lot of technology used for weapons were taken straight out of nature. Sonar for example.

    Another thing to note is that after visible light comes ultra violet. That’s when the laws of the quantum universe kicks in, and transport becomes instantaneous. It is free from time. You may see orbs disappearing or fading out, truth be told they are dematerializing from their frequency into another dimension which shares the same space. and thus it is inperceivable to our eyes (brain actually, it works like a decoder of information). These guys cannot be taken out. you can’t destroy pure consciousness, you can only affect its surroundings in such a fashion that on a chemical level, the signal is distorted. You might see footage of white orbs being shot down. I can assure you these are metalic crafts operating via spinning mercury as its power supply. At certain rates of revolutions, the mercury generates anti-gravity ALONG with a white glow. Not to be mistaken with our allies. USA and others have this mercury technology, and it accounts for most of the ufo space wars you see. Differentiating between foreign or domestic then becomes a matter of knowledge and having the right tools such as optics to help you identify what it is you’re watching.

    Of course, you can follow in the masters footsteps and evolve like them through meditation. They have tried hard to replicate technology that does what the human body can already do out of the womb. You raise the kundalini energy up from your genitals, where life is created, up through the astral plane, infra red and all the way to POINT ZERO, which is above gamma. Thus the triad seen associated with many secret societies, has proper meaning. I implore you to visit and hear the goodness from a 35,000 year old who has returned through a channel to help reclaim the paradise that once was earth.

    take care.

  3. Ann

    Steven Hawking is anthropomorphizing extraterrestial beings without having studied them first. That is not particularly good science…

  4. Sam Sama (Samuel melgar)

    If hawking is a Genius Then I’m A Bigger Genius. The Numbers DO NOT make any sense. Thinking Logically, the Universe is about 156 billion light-years And Still growing and Expanding away from the center into Infinitude. Therefore In order for an Intelligent Life, Which There is none other then us, Would Take MILLIONS of Years To get to earth if not Billions. You Also have to Take in consideration the speed that the Universe is Spreading outward and Away from itself Rapidly. Even though Our Solar System and Our Galaxy is Conveniently Held Securely together by Gravity, it is not Held Together For Too long to other Galaxies ( called Galaxy groups or clusters). This is means they are Constantly moving away from Each Other.

    1. IAmLonefrog

      Hey Bigger Genius,

      Does the Einstein-Rosen Bridge fit anywhere into your regurgitated logical wisdom where we are the ONLY intelligent forms of life? (Sheesh, kids nowadays, give them the key to the galaxy and they think it fits every goddamn lock in the universe) Keep reading Sam, maybe you will find yourself out there!

    2. Yury

      If you’re so intelligent then you could figure out that if you wanted to get someplace you would use a car and not walk. What’s with your capitalization of random words? Anything about you sir, does not sound genius.

    3. SOmewHAt

      Hey, yeah that wasn’t logical at all. Logic should dictate that anything within the possibility of physics and sometimes outside of the possibility physics. Therefore it is extremely logical to believe that intelligent life exist and that there is the possibility of it moving throughout the universe. Please, understand that your flawed logic is probably based on the fact that your brain is not mathematically based. And rather base it off of believes over simple math. Math is never wrong. You try to make it wrong, but it will never happen.

  5. Perhaps there is not that much to worry about as I believe we have been prepared for this. The fact that Hawking is now public on the matter means we the public are being prepared for the big day. Hindu scripture I am familiar with are absolutely full of evidence, which if read with and open mind would lead you to realise that the earth is even a home of aliens. Why do they find evidence of an atomic blast in India, dating back 8,000-12,000 years?

    1. SOmewHAt

      Why, because he has different believes than you? The number 1 best way to show how uneducated and unintelligent you really are, is by instantly dismissing someone’s beliefs. AND that’s why you and people like you FAIL.

  6. Josephus Hap

    The Guardians, who have a base somewhere in South America, manifest themselves on occasion. They were he ones that we call “Angels” mentioned in the Bible. The ones that visited Abraham and Lot. They are guarding this planet from the Greys who have evil intentions. Sometimes they break through and are able to abduct humans for experimental purposes. Sometimes they are intercepted and crash (Rosswell).

  7. Aliens,yes,they exist and we should not be in contact with them,I agree with Stephen, but from a diffrent angle. He is a scientist and am a Pastor. Aliens are demons in disguise and most people who claim to communicate with them are amediums and most of them,if not all, are in one way or another involved in occult, a practise The Bible Condemns.

    1. If you clowns in the clergy are to be considered even close to credible, how about a bible that’s inclusive of ALL the intended old testament texts. And not just the ones that make your collection plate attractive to the poor suckers that support you. Name a bible being distributed today that has inclusive of text of things such as the Nephilim… conveniently dropped in the christian bibles .. how so? The Hebrews were truthful about some things and not others? Kinda throws the whole thing into question, iof you ask me. Why not start with truth and also give up the material LIKE JESUS DID (And yes I believe Jesus showed the way, I just don’t believe that ANY of those who throw his name around like a cheap wand, have any relationship to, or right to identify with Christ). go live the simple life and convince the faithful with deeds. And until you do, stay the heck out of the way of the rest of us trying to figure out the big beautiful universe god left us to figure out.
      Clergymen haven’t got two nickles to rub together when it comes to explaining anything off this world … so spare us the demon crap. PLEASE.

      “The Bible says God created man in his image. So if we’re dumb, maybe god’s dumb too” – Frank Zappa

      1. Sam Sama (Samuel melgar)

        Image or in other Versions/Translations whatever you Want to call it “Likeness”. Like Meaning Similar too, But Not exactly. Also Image Relates to what the Eye Perceives. Please Don’t Quote things like that. I’m sure you believe in Demons. Demons already figured out the big beautiful Universe God has made for us. Demons or Fallen Angels Are Not from Earth, This is not their Place of Origin, that Constitutes them as Aliens. You Need To remember Spirits have no definite shape or form. I totally agree with you there a lot of “half-assed” Christians whole only seek what is most convenient to them , honestly it makes me sick. I’m So so Sorry To Write so much and take your time but i have to explain to you one more thing. Nephilim is mention in Genesis and Numbers, which is part of the “Christian’s Bible”. Christian is more of a nickname, Those who are called christians are Technically Jews Who believe the in Jesus, put simply.

    2. VinRo

      I respect your view that “aliens are demons in disguise”, and I respectfully ask why you believe that. You state that you’re a “pastor”, so I wonder, of which (I assume) Faith within the Faith? Catholic? Protestant /Baptist? Fundamental? Mormon? Have you read the Torah (you know, some of those few first books ‘borrowed’ by the Bible)? Are you familiar with the Apocryphal teachings of Christ? Have you read the Gnostic Gospels? Have you gone so “far” as to study the Koran, or any other (much more ancient texts) just to have the experience? Are you even aware of the Akkadian texts?
      “Occult” is derived from Latin (occcultus), meaning “hidden, clandestine, secret ; knowledge of the hidden”. Of course, your being a pastor and having been through seminary (yeah? You did that?), you know this…..
      Gee, given the true meaning of the term, one could easily apply that to umm, the Vatican….?? It’s not a secret that there’s a “secret stash” of TONS of HUMAN HISTORY just stuck there, because you know, “Pope” and whatever.
      To make the statement that “most, if not all” people who have had ‘contact’ are in some way “dark and mysterious” is sad; shunning people who don’t think like you is your prerogative, and I respectfully disagree.
      Suffice it to say, My “God” is IMMENSE, TIMELESS, AGELESS, AND WITHOUT END, and DEFINITELY NOT “out to get me”. I shan’t be “punished” for doing that which I was Blessed to be placed here to do.
      Don’t run yourself ragged, beat yourself up, or lay your head down in worry. No matter what you believe, we are all going to do what we’re going to do, and That’s That.

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