Just another Reality-based bubble in the foam of the multiverse.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

lucky for them there's no intelligent life down here

Hawking's recent speculative pronouncement that

..."If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," he said. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."

...has brought the requisite sneers and jeers of those who would be mutton:

...you could make a case that, though our moral “progress” to date has been driven largely by self-interest, with only a smidgen of true enlightenment, the role of enlightenment will have to grow if we are to venture beyond our solar system a century from now...

...the suggestion here is that before any species can shift into high technological gear, it has to undergo a moral test so stringent that most species would fail it. In which case the chances are we’ll fail it — and our best hope may be to hold on long enough for kindly space aliens to ride in and save the day...

Shades of the Second Coming. So much the easier for the Borg when they get here. The Faithful will be eager to line up for the plugins of the Rapture.

One just hopes They're so preoccupied with the logistics of the ingestion Assumption/ Assimilation they don't notice a few rogue units kiting off the net. Dr. Hawking, need a ride out of town?

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