Former Director of SETI Institute Believes Aliens Would be Friendly

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Stephen Hawking thinks we’re playing a dangerous game by trying to contact aliens.

The physicist believes that if aliens discovered Earth, they are likely to want to conquer and colonise our planet.

‘If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,’ he said in a recent interview.

But co-founder and former director of the Seti Institute, Jill Tarter, doesn’t think this will be the case.

She argues that any aliens who have managed to travel across the universe will be sophisticated enough to be friendly and peaceful.

‘The idea of a civilisation which has managed to survive far longer than we have…and the fact that that technology remains an aggressive one, to me, doesn’t make sense,’ Tarter told Business Insider.

‘The pressure of long-term survival — of limiting population…I think requires that the evolutionary trends that ratcheted up our intelligence…continues to evolve into something that’s cooperative and take on global scale problems.’

She claims that humans have become kinder as civilisation has evolved, with the taste for warfare declining. The same, she said, may be true of other advanced civilisations.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ellie Zolfagharifard