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We’ve seen the alien, and he is us….

April 29, 2010

I’ve enjoyed reading about Stephen Hawking’s suggestion that any alien who may visit Earth probably wouldn’t show up to check out our magnificent fjords, but they would rather show up to give us an inter-galactic butt-kicking for for our natural resources.

Now, far be it for me to try to divine what goes on in the mind of someone like Hawking, but I’ve read his book and I’ve seen his appearance on Star Trek…. twice!… so I feel like I have some authority here.

Was he really talking about aliens, or was he making a comment on humanity and the way we’ve explored new frontiers in the past?

From → Economy, Environment

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  1. Well, in all science fiction there isn’t a single peaceful alien (okay, maybe a handful), so the thought of a hostile alien should not come as new… That said, the curiosity of figuring out a different life for must be greater than the chance for extinction. Also, what are the chances we could actually “find” alien life???

    I have another thought for you. Don’t you find insanely annoying the tendency of the whole science fiction universe to constantly antropomorphize aliens? It drives me beserk. I have found one great book that doesn’t do it, and that comes off with a wonderful, thoughtful look at alien life…. it’s called “the Swarm” by Frank Schatzing.



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