Wariness Wednesday

Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York

Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, do not answer ― at least, not without careful consideration.

The renowned theoretical physicists hosts “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new short film available on the streaming service Curiosity Stream. The film follows Hawking around the universe as he “travels” in a computer-generated imagery spacecraft, giving the audience a peek into simulations of a black hole and Gliese 832c, an earth-like planet outside our solar system that scientists believe may be able to support life.

And Gliese 832c isn’t even the closet possible second-Earth. In August, scientists announced that Proxima b, a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri — the nearest known star to our sun — has a temperature that could allow liquid water and is possibly habitable.

But if we ever get a signal from any of these places, Hawking warns that we shouldn’t be too eager to say hello.

“We should be wary of answering back,” he says in the film, according to USAToday. “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus — that didn’t turn out so well.”



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13 Responses to Wariness Wednesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    There aren’t any space aliens, just Donald Trumps.


  2. jimhitchcock says:

    It’s a cookbook.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    TVD return in 46 minutes. Some small birds chittering in a shrub which still has its leaves; some flying swallows; a pigeon or mourning dove perched in the tall evergreen tree along with a couple of swallows; weren’t there on the return.

    Day 4: 94+46=140 minutes.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Arctic char at the Hillside Cafe tonight. Yum!


  5. Den says:

    Rather Salmon-ish by looks alone.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Rainy, dark day all day long and into this evening. I still went out at dusk, of course, but I was in my winter coat and hat and I came back for gloves eventually. Once everything dries out again and warms up a tad, back on the tractor. Lots of leaves down, need to mulch them up before many more drop. Can’t do them all at once. It’s too tough chop them up when they are too deep.


  7. Den says:

    Rain headed this way, saying 3-4 days of dampness ahead, no fire danger now, still soggy from the last batch.


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