First, a warning. In this article, I’m going to say that Stephen Hawking is wrong about aliens. That’s a little like telling Mike Tyson he fights like a girl, but hopefully there’s enough evidence here to convince you that I’m right.

In his recent Discovery Channel program, Stephen Hawking stated that not only does he believe that aliens are out there, but that we should NOT try to actively engage with them or get their attention.

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans”

While I certainly agree that alien life exists in some form, I don’t think avoiding investigation into the phenomena is advisable, or even possible. Hawking hasn’t thought about this deeply enough.

What’s Wrong With Stephen Hawking’s Theory?

There are a number of things we have to consider when it comes to contact with alien life:

– Any civilization advanced enough to have highly developed space travel can access resources far greater than Earth’s.

Consider how much power it would take to travel the billions of miles from an alien planet to Earth.

It’s likely that if human civilization is able to advance past 2012 and beyond, we’ll stop using non-renewables and start harnessing the power of the sun. If another civilization has advanced to this level, why wouldn’t they use one of the millions of other suns in the universe? Would they come to Earth just for our oil? Or perhaps a few pieces of gold?

– UFO encounters occur at a regular enough rate to show that aliens are already aware of us.

This one is still debated, of course, but sufficient evidence is available. Even if you don’t believe that close encounters are real, you have to acknowledge that a highly advanced civilization, if it’s out there, would be aware of us long before we’re able to make contact with it. More >