Is Greed An Alien Concept?

According to British scientist Stephen Hawking, E.T. and his alien compadres are somewhere out there in the vastness of the universe and presumably possess the soul of an investment banker. If you thought complex derivatives and other financial weapons of mass destruction were scary, just wait until the aliens arrive to plunder the planet for personal profit. Like Bear Stearns or Lehman Brothers, the Earth will go belly up, and we’ll all be homeless. Well, everyone except the crafty folks at Goldman Sachs, who bet against the planet’s survival. And maybe the citizens of Arizona, who don’t take too kindly to illegal aliens.

Anyway, here’s what Hawking had to say:

Aliens may exist but mankind should avoid contact with them as the consequences could be devastating, British scientist Stephen Hawking warned Sunday.

“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,” said the astrophysicist in a new television series, according to British media reports.

The programmes depict an imagined universe featuring alien life forms in huge spaceships on the hunt for resources after draining their own planet dry.

“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach,” warned Hawking. [link]

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2 thoughts on “Is Greed An Alien Concept?

  1. Yikes! If there are alien investment bankers, it means there are alien lawyers, and alien politicians, or are they already here and just practicing on us?

    Hawkings comments are interesting, but are really a good reason astronmomers and astrophysics guys should keep to their own sphere of expertise and not stray into biology, paleontology or geology. Heck, they tell those folks not to ramble on about astronomy or astrophysics. Fair is fair.

    Life on this little blue dot is appeared about 3.7 billion years ago and got really complicated about 570 million years ago. The blue dot, which was not always blue is about 4.6 billion years old. The universe in which we exist is about 13.2 billion old. Of course it is unlikely we are the only world with live “things” on it, but so far as we know, there is absolutely zero data that anything alive lives anywhere else–we are a sample of one. Indeed, we are not even certain that we would recognize life anywhere else unless it’s biochemistry was like ours. The distances between likely life forms is certainly so great that “weekend sleep-ocers” are not in the cards (if it takes a million years to get somewhere, even at light speed, communication will be kind of sporadic). It would go something like this: “Hi, I am an alien.” Answer in a million years: “No kidding.”

    Enrico Fermi, the great physics guy, wondered why, if there are lots of live things out there, we have not heard from them. And we have not. “I Love Lucy” programs have been beaming out to the stars for about 60 years, likely intercepting a fair number of worlds. Either the “things” out there do not like the programs or commercials, or there are not many tuned in.
    Of course they meay be keeping quiet until their bankers and lawyers report back.

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