Earth should be wary of ‘First Contact’, says Stephen Hawking

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In the unimaginable vast swathes of the universe our galaxy is just another glimmering light, our planet is “a pale blue dot”. And this explains why we, planet Earth, has not yet made the “First Contact” with alien civilizations, who, in all logic and probability, could be well advanced than our own.

British scientist Stephen Hawking, the pioneer theoretical physicist and cosmologist, hence believes that it may not be a good idea to announce our existence into the voids of universe.

Relating the discovery of native Americans and Americas by Christopher Columbus, which in his own words: “didn’t turn out so well” later, he advises that humanity should be wary of responding to signals received from deep space.

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The film, “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” the physicist takes viewers to five significant places across the cosmos on his ship – ‘SS Hawking’.

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In the film he performs flyby of Gliese 832 C, a potentially habitable exoplanet.

“One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back,” he said.

“They will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria,” Hawking warned.

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“As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.

It is not the first time Hawking has warned about the prospect of hostile aliens.

Launching the Breakthrough Listen project, which will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, last year Hawking had suggested that any civilisation reading our messages could be billions of years ahead of humans.

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“The Breakthrough Listen project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking,” he said, in the film that appeared on the online platform CuriosityStream.

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