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Topic: Hawking says avoid contact with aliens!

From: Ricardo
Location: Encinitas, CA
Date: 04/26/2010

New show on the Discovery Channel, "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking". I haven't had a chance to see the show yet but it sounds interesting.

I suppose he finally got around to reading Forge of God!

Re: Hawking says avoid contact with aliens!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/07/2010

When Hawking speaks, the universe listens!

Re: Hawking says avoid contact with aliens!

From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville, La
Date: 06/10/2010

I'm Guessing infection would be the number one reason to avoid contact. I would send robots so they would not get an infection or bring one back. Alien micro-organism could wipe us out by accident or them.

But what if Aliens had a Insect like view of life, we would be nothing other than a food source or slave labor at best. The Planet would be nothing but usable resources to them.

Re: Hawking says avoid contact with aliens!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/14/2010

Hmmm... rather like the Spanish and Portuguese view of Mexico and South America! (And not them alone, of course.)
We have met the aliens AND the insects... and they is us!

But what kind of aliens?

From: Max
Location: Kansas
Date: 07/06/2010

The general assumption is that a species advanced enough for interstellar travel is also benevolent and wise.

Considering the conquistador analogy, I would worry more about an intelligent and opportunistic race than an insect-like one. Hungry enemies are easier to defeat than smart, greedy ones.

But what kind of aliens?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/20/2010

Neighbors covet. That's a basic rule in nature!

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