Stephen Hawking thinks aliens will not like being contacted by humans
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The world’s most famous theoretical physicist warned humans to be hesitant about making contact with our extraterrestrial neighbours.
He said while planet Gliese 832c – a hot super-Earth discovered earlier this year – has the potential to support alien life, it is unlikely that any life out there would be pleased to hear from us.
In a documentary entitled ‘Stephen Hawking’s Favourite Places’ , he said: “One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back.
“Meeting an advanced civilisation could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
He went on to say that alien life could be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonise”.