My take on Stephen Hawking and aliens

Over the past few days I’ve heard a lot about Stephen Hawking’s comments about aliens in his show, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. I wanted to find a clip of the part, but the best I could find was this:

I have two points for Professor Hawking to consider. First, if these aliens are so advanced, wouldn’t you think they would have figured out how to recycle? Mining an occasional comet or asteroid for certain materials is understandable, but – bad scifi movies aside – why would they have an insatiable thirst for raw materials?

Second, in all of human history we have only landed twelve people on the moon, but every day untold millions of condoms are used. Isn’t it likely, that long before these aliens figured out how to warp time and space to travel interstellar distances, they would have figured out how to not have baby aliens? Wouldn’t their ships have stable populations, and with recycling (and an occasional comet or asteroid) wouldn’t they already have the materials they need? Or are you suggesting they don’t do family planning because of some Space Pope, so their population is exploding which is why they have to consume everything?

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One Response to “My take on Stephen Hawking and aliens”

  1. […] who believe that any aliens out there will be “resource-hungry.” As I said almost a year ago when Stephen Hawking brought this subject up: First, if these aliens are so advanced, wouldn’t you think they would have figured out how to […]

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