"It's the most rational explanation for the Fermi paradox," one panelist concluded on National Public Radio today, later explaining how Stephen Hawking deduced that aliens may choose to destroy our planet rather than risk such lack of empathy continue unchecked in the cosmos.
After Steven Hawking's recent investment in UFO searches, the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute (SETI) today seriously discussed on live radio whether empathic aliens have quarantined this planet as too revolting to contact, because they are hearing, for example, Donald Trump.
The Fermi paradox states, given the size of the universe, we should have already observed many intelligent alien races. It is generally now assumed, for a race to survive, such advanced extraterrestrial civilizations must exhibit more altruism and empathy than is evident, for example, in the irrational violence and destruction often called for by, in one instance, the GOP. Therefore, aliens must have placed the solar system in a 'quarantine bubble,' believing homo sapiens too dangerous to garner the benefits of their more advanced civilizations, hopefully only until such influences as Donald Trump are no longer evident.
However, if such irrational forces are not eradicated, they might result in our deliberate destruction by far more powerful alien forces before we even have a chance to destroy ourselves. For this reason, the famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is spearheading a new 10-year mission to find extraterrestrial life. "Mankind has a deep need to explore, to learn to know," Hawking said. "We also happen to be sociable creatures. It is important to us to know if we are alone in the dark...A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead, If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria."
On further questioning, Hawking stated he was in fact deeply fearful that other civilizations may have already detected our presence, and if so, would have good reason to launch a secret, destructive force to eradicate the dangerous and irrational violence of the human race, before we become a greater threat to the rest of the cosmos.
Hence, Hawking feels this search is not purely scientific, but necessary to ensure our survival.
The cosmologist is therefore throwing his support behind a $100 million initiative, funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, to begin an extensive search for proof of extraterrestrial life. The team behind the project, which is being called Breakthrough Initiatives, has booked time using two of the world's best telescopes, one in West Virginia, the other in Australia, to beginning scanning the entire Milky Way and neighboring galaxies for radio waves and light sources that could indicate life exists beyond Earth.
The project is scheduled to last one decade, during which time Milner said he plans to give the public access to all of the scientific data collected, along with open source software used to sort through the bounty of information the team plans to collect and hardware that could be compatible with telescopes around the world.
By harnessing the resources and using the power of crowd sourcing, the team believes this could be humanity's best shot yet at finding alien life.
And finding such alien life could protect us from destruction by more rational extraterrestrial forces than the GOP and Donald Trump.