I was reading an article the other day which piqued my interest regarding alien species in the universe. They brought up the question as to whether we should even try to contact any other being that might be out there?
With the knowledge that there are planets that could possibly support alien life in other start systems, some even pretty close to Earth, astronomically speaking. Astronomers across the globe have been finding new planets that could be habitable. Some are larger then Earth, others smaller or the same size. Each significant in its own way.
Do they have life on them? Have we already found somewhere that there is some little green life form sitting on the ground, staring up at the stars, wondering if they are alone? And if they do exist, should we even be trying to contact them?
Stephen Hawking believes that we shouldn’t. In an interview he did for TheGuardian (link) in 2010, Hawking stated, “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” He argues that humans should be trying to avoid in every way possible, contact with an alien species.
However, Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Seti Institute in California, he says that Hawking’s fears are unwarranted. Shostak said in the same article, “If their interest in our planet is for something valuable that our planet has to offer, there’s no particular reason to worry about them now. If they’re interested in resources, they have ways of finding rocky planets that don’t depend on whether we broadcast or not. They could have found us a billion years ago.
Whether they exist or not still remains to be seen, but I know if someone or something has broken the light speed barrier before we find a way to, it would be scary to deal with a race that could do anything they wanted to Earth without us being able to do anything back. Of course it could just be my sci-fi oriented brain coming to the forefront, but I don’t know…….
What is your opinion? I love hearing from you!