You know how in the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss joyfully makes contact with aliens who arrive on earth, even agreeing to go with them on their spaceship? Well super scientist Stephen Hawking says humans should stay home.
Times Online reports that Hawking, in his new Discovery Channel documentary, Into the Universe says, though he believes there are definitely other life forms in the universe, humans should think twice about contacting them:
If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet.
Hawking goes on to say that intelligent alien life that could travel would most likely be nomads who wouldn't so much want to shake our hands as exploit our planet for its natural riches and move on. If we got in the way of that, we'd be, shall we say, eradicated or enslaved.
With all due respect to Mr. Hawking, who didn't know that!? All you need to do is go to the movies to understand that aliens mean us no good.
As my fellow CE, Nordette wrote on her blog:
Hawking leans more toward our first contact being like the movie Independence Day or ABC's resurrection of V and its sinister aliens who want something from us we can't afford to give. Maybe they have that cookbook from the Twilight Zone, To Serve Man.
So here in no particular order are 10 films that prove Mr. Hawking knows exactly what he's talking about: