"Fear is the most rational explanation," an NPR panelist remarked, adding that aliens could destroy our entire planet rather than risk our lack of empathy continue unchecked in the cosmos. But as the late Stephen Hawking said, we don't know, because our broadcasts to them are so hostile, we've frightened the aliens away.
After Steven Hawking's recent investment in UFO searches, the 'Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute' (SETI, Berkeley, Calif.) seriously discussed on live radio whether empathic aliens have quarantined this planet as too revolting to contact. Maybe that is not so far fetched. After all, they are hearing the likes of Donald Trump on live TV.
SETI has been the world's stout bastion for the Fermi paradox, which mathematically proves, given the size of the universe, we should have encountered many intelligent alien races already. But it is now popularly accepted that any advanced extraterrestrial civilization would need to far more altruism and empathy than is evident, for example, in the irrational violence and destruction often called for by, in one instance, Donald Trump. Star Trek fans, in particular, have deduced 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, because like it or not, the Fermi paradox does make a good point.
1. To the Planet's Rescue
One of the last acts of the famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking was to spearhead a 10-year mission to save the planet. "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." Hawking later remarked he was in fact deeply fearful that other civilizations may have already detected our presence. If so, they 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.
The cosmologist therefore threw his support behind Russian billionaire Yuri Milner's $100 million stake in finding irrefutable proof of extraterrestrial life. Milner's 'Breakthrough Initiative' has booked 10 years of time on two of the world's best telescopes, one in West Virginia, the other in Australia. They will scan the entire Milky Way and neighboring galaxies for radio waves and light sources that could indicate life exists beyond Earth.
Milner is giving public access to all of the scientific data collected, along with open-source software to sort through the bounty of information, and Internet hardware to share gathered data that can interface with other telescopes around the world. Of course, SETI has already done this with a screensaver that scans astrophysical data for the same thing, and if you ant save the planet too, you can get it atSET@Home.
If you join the team, you could be the best hope as saving the human race. Perhaps finding alien life could even protect us from more imminent threats, because whatever you believe about Donald Trump, you could never claim any empathetic alien would really want to welcome him into an altruistic intergalactic community. It would be against Trump's own Nationalist policies, after all.