Stop Trying To
(2014 Nov blog post)
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Around 2012, I ran across the fact that Stephen Hawking (the physicist) had pointed out that it is not a good idea for Earthlings to be trying to contact living beings on other planets. Here is a BBC article on the subject.
In other words, he is saying that projects like the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) projects are not a good idea, if these projects are letting 'them' --- these things from another world --- know where we are.
It hit me how right Hawking was. After all, look at the nature of 'intelligent' human beings. We are constantly at war. Through the ages, humans have imposed upon each other wars and inquisitions, involving much killing and torture --- for the sake of things real (property, gold, spices, slaves, etc. etc.) and for things ethereal (pride, differences in belief systems, etc.).
Open Letter :
This blog page is an open letter to the (naive, unthinking) scientists who are trying to contact aliens on other planets in the universe --- apparently under the assumption that such aliens do not want Earth's resources (or our human protein). This is an assumption that would almost surely be proved false.
An obvious Earthly case to consider: the European invasion of the Americas and the subjugation and killings of the American Indians --- for the resources of the Americas.
Granting that other 'intelligent' beings almost surely exist somewhere in the universe, can these alien-hugging scientists really believe that those 'beings' will visit this planet without coveting its resources (water, oxygen, minerals, whatever)?
For further information :
For further info on scientists trying to contact alien beings, in other galaxies or in our own, here are some links to Google web searches on keywords related to this topic.
After the search window appears with an intial page of 'hits', you may have to change or add keywords to hone the search to what you are looking for.
If there are intelligent 'beings' out there, they will probably find us eventually. Let us not help them find us. If we help them find us, there may be 'unintended consequences'.
Perhaps the aliens we eventually contact will be Predator-like.
And perhaps they are noble savages who would say
"Alas, poor humans, they tasted so good while they lasted."
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Page was posted 2014 Nov 17. Page changed 2014 Nov 22.