Stephen Hawking's warnings about aliens based on evolutionist prejudice

30 Apr, 2010
 None    Philosophy


Stephen Hawking's new documentary series “Universe” will air on the Discovery Channel starting on Sunday May 9.

Stephen Hawking's new documentary series “Universe” will air on the Discovery Channel starting on Sunday May 9. In that documentary, Hawkins joins the numerous scientists who now say that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist.
The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has “evolved”.
This is where Raelians start to disagree as the Raelian philosophy states that the Universe is infinite and that life has always existed and will always exist in an infinite number of forms, implying then infinite in space and time. Infinity is one of the main concepts of the Raelian philosophy, very often rejected by the Scientific community for it is difficult to prove infinity. It is however what they will most likely propose soon, after pushing the boundaries of the known Universe over and over again.
The other main point we disagree with is his warning regarding aliens' intents. Hawking suggests that seeking aliens out is dangerous and that humanity should be doing all it can to avoid any contact. He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”
Rael commented on these pessimistic ruminations :
“With these views, Hawking demonstrates that he’s not only physically handicapped but mentally handicapped by the degenerative disease of ‘evolutionism’ or ‘Darwinism. His fears about murderous, invading aliens are based on the theory of evolution – the myth of evolution, to be more precise. He’s afraid humans are inferior to aliens who might invade. That’s logical, but only if you accept the myth of evolution.”