Hawking sides with aliens over humans
One scene in his documentary for the Discovery Channel shows herds of two-legged herbivores browsing on an alien cliff-face where they are picked off by flying, yellow lizard-like predators. Another shows glowing fluorescent aquatic animals forming vast shoals in the oceans thought to underlie the thick ice coating Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.The Times Online (London) report though is of no surprise to manmade warming sceptics. It takes a great deal of faith to believe that the industrial revolution was responsible for climate changes, so naturally that same faith can also be used as a building block for other myths. If one can ignore the preindustrial Little Ice Age, then why can't one imagine herds of two-legged herbivores on an alien cliff-face? If one can bury the preindustrial Medieval Warming period, then what is stopping one from seeing flying lizard-like predators? If one can feel the preindustrial Dark Ages away, then visions of glowing fluorescent aquatic animals must seem perfectly natural.
Such scenes are speculative, but Hawking uses them to lead on to a serious point: that a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.
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."
He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."
Note the self-hatred in Hawking's words. Like most warming alarmists, he is already talking down the pro-development humans, and siding with the other, in this case, the aliens. He associates Columbus with evil and back-to-earth Native Americans with perfection.
As the movie Knocked Up points out, people think he is smart just because he speaks in a robot voice