on the fate of humanity. in other words, YIKES

Last year, the world-famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking made a couple of the most unsettling statements of our time. First he argued that it’s “perfectly rational” to surmise that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. But most tellingly, Hawking, one of Earth’s most brilliant minds, warned humanity 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.

Continuing, he explicated

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.

As a sci-fi and science nerd, I heed this man’s thoughts. It only makes sense that advanced alien life would detect our green-ass, water-logged, Spinning Spherical Space rock, attempt to subjugate us, and then rape our planet for its natural resources. This prospect makes many Earth Under Attack science fictions all the more compelling, for example Independence DayChildren of Men, or the best-selling sci-fi video games Halo, Half-Life, and Mass Effect.

Looking Forward

Here’s one extrapolation of Dr Hawking’s foreshadow, which I mix with a series of potential scenarios for the human species, listed with what I believe to be the most likely to least likely scenarios:

Either humans will

1) Self-destruct. vastly reduce their population or destroy themselves through wars slash industrialization, most likely concerning scarce resources (aside: it seems all the more possible that this will occur in the 21st Century); or

2) Get enslaved. make contact with an alien race, bringing about the subjugation or destruction of humanity (whether by introduction of extraterrestrial diseases or military force) and the sacking / colonization of Earth by one or more alien species (granted, there’s a chance we successfully resist an alien attack); or

3) Get their shit together and evolve into a unified species that adapts to climatic change and readies Earth for extraterrestrial contact. The prereqs? Humans would need to effect sustainability and social justice as their modus operandi post-haste, strengthening their resilience by remodeling cultures around sustainability and economic cooperation, restoring the biosphere as much as possible, and pursuing the development of advanced technology and weaponry only for the sake of planetary defense.


What do you think about Hawking’s statements? Shocking?

What do you think about my predictions? Do share your thoughts in the comments, and thanks for reading.

This is it, my peeps. This is it.


8 responses to “on the fate of humanity. in other words, YIKES

  1. http://discovermagazine.com/2008/nov/28-ten-ways-the-world-will-end this is ten ways the world will end, according to discovery.com

  2. Yo Murph!

    I agree with the premise that an alien visit might not be of much benefit to us. Think of the diseases and greed that the “enlightened world” unwittingly? foisted upon the indigents of the Americas and Africa.

    Why should we think it would be different if we had visitors from the “enlightened cosmos.” Why should we think they would not want to exploit this world and its resources etc?

    In all likelihood, “they” would be much more intelligent than we are. We have only been around for a short time…with most of our “modern development” occurring in the past 100 years or so!!

    No wonder many seek a religious “solution” [diversion] to our dilemma. We know enough to know that we are pretty undeveloped and vulnerable.

    Trite as that “solution” might seem to some, religion offers a real solace to billions! This solace is also the potential limiting factor to our continued development…think of the recent limitations in stem cell research (in the US!! – where the world is still flat, only 6K years old and climate change is only occurring outside of the USA). Drive on Hummer-sucka!!

    This world of “sovereign” nations is so fragmented that a coordinated response to an alien visitation (invasion?) would be virtually impossible…we cannot even stop the Syrian ruling mob from killing their own citizens…or, stop the greedy few from speculating on energy and food resources with the resulting regressive tax of higher prices for the multitudes.

    The New World Order could be a solution, but would that be benign enough
    to address the problems of this world without eviscerating all sense of individual freedom… I doubt it.

    The Orwellian dystopia of 1984 comes to mind, especially now that
    technology has developed to the point that a screen on the wall and satellite tracking could track an individual’s every movement. This is no longer a futuristic concept from the 1950s but a reality of the 2010s.

    Fantastic technology – but every double edged sword cuts both ways!

    The solutions are pending…and must come from a more enlightened younger generation.

    I guess that English “Pope” said it best, (though not too optimistically?) : “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
    Man never Is, but always To be blest:
    The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come!”

    Insha’ Allah!!

  3. Well, they were indigenous peoples before the euros got to the Americas…then they became indigents!

    • Brian,
      What do you mean by indigent?

      • Disenfranchised, poor, separated from their traditional ways etc.

        Alexander Pope – English poet
        “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.”

  4. Yo Colin! Where you at these days! I fricken miss you!

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