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nwr
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Message 5 of 62 (557487)
04-26-2010 8:32 AM


I agree with Hawking on this.

I wonder why he is coming out with it now, rather than say 20 years ago. But then maybe nobody asked him 20 years ago.

I do agree with the point that such an alien nation could be expected to be advanced. Perhaps that would be comparable to an advanced nation such USA which invaded Iraq on a whim in 2003 and caused much damage and death.

There is no reason that an advanced alien civilization would not see us as something like ants to be crushed.


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nwr
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Message 23 of 62 (557548)
04-26-2010 3:50 PM
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Hyroglyphx writes:
To concede that you shouldn't look for something on the pretense that it could be dangerous would preclude all of science to cease and desist on that exact same basis.

I took Hawking's point to be that we should not be trying to make it easier for them to find us (by setting up beacons). I don't have a problem with searching for life elsewhere, though I think SETI is a rather dubious way of doing that.
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