Here’s Why Stephen Hawking Warns Us to Stop Reaching Out to Aliens

By: | December 1st, 2016

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We are all interested to know more and more about the universe, and especially aliens. Many scientists believe there are many possible abodes for life throughout the cosmos, and considering the age of the universe (about 13.8 billion years) there has been plenty of time for life forms to evolve complexity and intelligence.

World-renowned physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, said, “I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone.” But he is repeatedly warning scientists to stop trying to contact aliens before it’s too late.

According to Hawking, reaching out to advanced civilizations could put humanity in a very risky situation. But the fact is that we’ve already been signaling our location in the universe for years.

Hawking went on to say, “The Breakthrough Listen Project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking. One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back.”

Hawking fears that alien civilizations are capable enough of picking up one of the many signals we are sending into outer space and understand where they’re coming from. If this alien civilization has the potential of billions of years of advancement, then we can become an easy target to overthrow or invade.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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