As Obama catches grief for proposed cuts to the manned space program, legendary astrophysicist Stephen Hawking thinks we should stop looking for alien life altogether:
Prof Hawking thinks that, rather than actively trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans should do everything possible to avoid contact. He explained: "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet."
Hawking must not be a big fan of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the aliens are friendly and engage the humans in an intergalactic game of "Simon."
Hawking’s vision of an alien encounter is more like the attack scene from Independence Day:
In all seriousness, Hawking’s declaration has serious political implications. Funding for space exploration is already a hot issue, and who wants to be the president that champions the program that leads to the ultimate destruction of the human race?
What do the Seminaliens think? Is it a good idea for the government to invest in finding intelligent extra-terrestrial life? What’s on your mind?