posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 08:51 PM
well i thought i would add to this because a lot of people seem to just be reading the title and going "zomg!!! hawking said aliens will invade us
for resources! zomg!! he so stupid!!". that seems to be the vibe i get, but first off like others say it is all speculation and the main point
hawking was trying to get across is that we should not be so quick to look for other life out there. he only based what they would do on the fact of
our own human ancestry, i mean lets be honest wars have always been fought and there seems to be no end in sight of it.
anyways, on to my real point of this post is my own views on it. lets start with all the ideas that if aliens have interstellar technology it must be
absolutely perfect! i mean, just look at us with our own aeronautics, we obviously haven't been going through stages of advancement, right? that is
one theory of mine of is that resources still may be needed in abundance, heck this could be their first interstellar flight and we are the closest
inhabitants of a planet to them. what if their planet was doomed and they were just getting things working, well they ship off to the closest people
around for help or to take over a new home. i highly doubt aliens would care much about what we are, just look at how we treat every other species on
the planet, we think absolutely nothing of them. for all the meat eaters out there, i'm sure you don't look at a cow and say, oh wow that is some
life with small intelligence, you just see food to be made.
though, that idea still to me seems a little far fetched but i do, however, think this next idea is more plausible. so to start off, we can all agree
people in the world throughout the ages have enslaved others to do grunt work, such as mining, etc. now, lets say it is easy enough for aliens to
travel from inhabited planet to inhabited planet. i think a more likely version of them plundering our resources is to make us do it, they might be
out hunting for "primitive" life such as ours to get what they want. now, that is where i think things are made more plausible, because if they can
enslave us, what would be stopping them from doing it to many more planets? i mean, if i were going to create a galactic empire, i would have as many
planets gathering resources as i could. the hostile aliens hawking could be speculating about would be conquering planet after planet, soon they would
have an abundance of supplies from all kinds of places. not to mention the fact that they could focus all their intelligence on making superior
technology and advancing more, while we stay slaves. i think this idea makes a lot more sense than all the talk here about how aliens are just
ravaging one planet at a time? i mean it has worked on a small scale here on earth in ancient times, many cultures in the last few thousand years
would use the prisoners of war to do all the dirty work, just look at the romans for example. this is just my idea, but maybe it will help give some
people here a good thought on why they would be taking our resources, or rather making us get our resources for them.