Stephen Hawking’s fear
fter reading an article about Stephen Hawking’s theory (and somewhat of a warning too) which was discussed in his new series “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, I have to say that many issues arise that we never think about.
Firstly, we have here a very respectful scientist, admitting there is a chance of alien life, out there according to his sayings:
“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational (..)The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
An intelligent enough life that by Hawking, they could become a threat to humankind, if they attempt to reach us.He has said this in the past, most recently in 2008 as a comment in a part of a lecture, in honor of NASA’s 50th anniversary. Although back then, he’s view upon alien life was less doom-like and more abstract than the way it was presented on Sunday.
The series describe an imaginary –but possible to Hawking- universe of creatures/hunters who could seek new resources in other worlds and that could become a problem to us, if they ever lay their eyes on our planet.
“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach,”(…) “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.”
In the same series he talks about the long term survival of humankind and maybe having to come up soon with ways of getting out of here to a different planet (cause our solar system will expire anyway someday although it doesn’t mean our kind will survive still), along with possible time travels (wormholes) that could only be done traveling into Future but not in the Past.
I’m going to argue with that alien theory. I might not be a scientist, but I need to express my point of view. (why the heck not, it’s my blog :p )
Let’s say there is alien life out there, what makes us think they are a) earth look alike creatures (a ‘x’ number of legs, eyes etc) b) seeking for resources in other planets c) that they could have the ability of contacting us?
I’m not saying there is no alien life there. There is. Scientists have found traits of it. Bacteria that is.But something so advanced as a reptile look alike with ambitions of conquering a planet, does not fit well in my mind at least.
Why life has to be created in an environment of specific chemical soup, additional to the one that started life on our planet? Why do they have to have legs for, or eyes? So they can hunt down each other and eat? Could they also need so many resources that would make them hit the Milky Way road?
They could be living by sun tanning (yeah, why not? 🙄 ) Even so, why do they have to contact us anyway? Curiosity seems to be a very human like element-or at least a characteristic of creatures from earth, if you like-, but could aliens have it as well? Why do they have necessarily to be so intelligent that is equal to human intelligence?
Personally –it might seem silly- but the best attempt of an imaginary alien description, was in the film “Sphere”. A round alien fellow, that could have a huge psychological (side-)effect on people.
What I’m trying to say is that the nature of anything alien can be far different from what we think (or even wish for). Probably if there is such life we may not be able to communicate well with each other, so that potential ‘meeting’ could be an epic fail, yet not a waste of time of course. But, many of us still have hopes for some sort of communications, just to see if there is any sign of them.
In the past we have made several attempts to at least send our signals to any of them…
E.T.’s …space ‘iPod’
NASA and SETI have beamed into space sounds from earth and before that, radio transmitions unwittingly have cross the void over a century now.(well not the void since sound needs something to travel, maybe a microwave transmition will do the job, but anyway you get the point)
So, what have we been sending to them?
Assuming they have the ability or the right technology to listen, what they might be hearing all these years could be something they would make them wonder who the heck is the Dj and what are we trying to say to them.
Radio transmitions are random and for that we can’t say much except wish good luck to fellow aliens to decode the podcasts.
As for NASA and SETI, everyone would thought there is some mathematical genius plan behind the playlist they beam in the skies…
Well think again.
Mozart or Beethoven are indeed on that lists, but McFly band (who????wtf?) yep, I said McFly band have their tune in space too with their song ‘Star Girl’. Their Fans flooded NASA’s Twitter page (damn Twitts!) and now any precious life form out there, is deaf.
Here is why they might have gone deaf.
A few years earlier, the Beatles were traveling on space as well. “Cool!” you’ll imagine, but it wasn’t “Let it be” nor “Here comes the sun” but a less known song “Across the Universe”.
A Hare Krishna influenced song, from the time the Beatles were having (another) soul searching in India.
A part of their lyrics:
“Words are flying out like
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me
Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world”
At least it was still the Beatles, probably the most famous band in history of music.
In 2001, Greek electronic composer Vangelis was asked to find or create the music that would follow NASA’s new mission “2001 Mars Odyssey”. It was called “Mythodea”(already started recording since 1993 and was called Mythodia back then) and was transmitted in space in real time while the mission was on it’s way to Mars.
(My personal favorite, is Movement 9 )
Other songs that have been traveling around are variations of rock, classical music, folk and music around the world.
On the playlist of Voyager we have all this:
- Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
- Java, court gamelan, “Kinds of Flowers,” recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
- Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
- Zaire, Pygmy girls’ initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
- Australia, Aborigine songs, “Morning Star” and “Devil Bird,” recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
- Mexico, “El Cascabel,” performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
- “Johnny B. Goode,” written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
- New Guinea, men’s house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
- Japan, shakuhachi, “Tsuru No Sugomori” (“Crane’s Nest,”) performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
- Bach, “Gavotte en rondeaux” from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
- Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
- Georgian S.S.R., chorus, “Tchakrulo,” collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
- Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
- “Melancholy Blues,” performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
- Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
- Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
- Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
- Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
- Bulgaria, “Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin,” sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
- Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
- Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, “The Fairie Round,” performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
- Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
- Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
- China, ch’in, “Flowing Streams,” performed by Kuan P’ing-hu. 7:37
- India, raga, “Jaat Kahan Ho,” sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
- “Dark Was the Night,” written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
- Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37
For years that was –and is- a debate , about what would be nice, wise or more presentable of humankind’s existence to be put on that record.
Well, we all have our likes (The Dooooooors!! yeah baby! 😛 ), and our different views upon music but come on..McFly? Really?
There are even theories that any kind of sound reaching aliens, could be our death sentence.(!!!)
Why? Simply because no one is sure if aliens are enjoying our music… Maybe they’ll take it on the wrong way and start throwing laser beams on our butts. Maybe they like heavy metal and that’s not in any NASA list yet as far as I know.
All this sound silly, but as far there is a massive sky over our heads, it can always start falling on us. 😛