More Hawking Wisdom

More Hawking-isms:

In his famous lecture on Life in the Universe, Stephen Hawking asks: “What are the chances that we will encounter some alien form of life, as we explore the galaxy?”

If the argument about the time scale for the appearance of life on Earth is correct, Hawking says “there ought to be many other stars, whose planets have life on them. Some of these stellar systems could have formed 5 billion years before the Earth. So why is the galaxy not crawling with self-designing mechanical or biological life forms?”



Why hasn’t the Earth been visited, and even colonized? Hawking asks. “I discount suggestions that UFO’s contain beings from outer space. I think any visits by aliens, would be much more obvious, and probably also, much more unpleasant.”

Hawking continues: “What is the explanation of why we have not been visited? \One possibility is that the argument, about the appearance of life on Earth, is wrong. Maybe the probability of life spontaneously appearing is so low, that Earth is the only planet in the galaxy, or in the observable universe, in which it happened. Another possibility is that there was a reasonable probability of forming self reproducing systems, like cells, but that most of these forms of life did not evolve intelligence.”

We are used to thinking of intelligent life, as an inevitable consequence of evolution, Hawking emphasized,  but it is more likely that evolution is a random process, with intelligence as only one of a large number of possible outcomes.

Intelligence, Hawking believes contrary to our human-centric existece, may not have any long-term survival value. In comparison the microbial world, will live on, even if all other life on Earth is wiped out by our actions. Hawking’s main insight is that intelligence was an unlikely development for life on Earth, from the chronology of evolution:  “It took a very long time, two and a half billion years, to go from single cells to multi-cell beings, which are a necessary precursor to intelligence. This is a good fraction of the total time available, before the Sun blows up. So it would be consistent with the hypothesis, that the probability for life to develop intelligence, is low. In this case, we might expect to find many other life forms in the galaxy, but we are unlikely to find intelligent life.”

Dr. Hawking isn’t popular with the UFO crowd, no doubt about that.

And he doesn’t even entertain the possibility that whatever advanced intelligence might supercede our type, it might not be even in our dimension nor physical at all.

But he is considered the premier scientist of our time, so he gets most of the attention.

It just goes to show the old maxime that, “Science advances not from new discoveries being accepted, but from the death of the previous generation who hold to the old paradigm…”

Stephen Hawking: Why Isn’t the Milky Way “Crawling With Self-Designing Biological or Mechanical Life?”

2 responses

  1. Well, I guess that I might be too open minded, so much so that sometimes my walnut sized brain is hanging out. Never the less, I’ve gotta say that I believe that intelligence is purely a relative thing, and we probably have the relative intelligence of the life that hangs around those thermal vents at the mid Atlantic ridge when compared with that of much of the universe. There is even life in the deep ground water between the cracks in the Earths crust that exists without sunlight and is smart enough to seek out nutrients and a warm spot. There is hardly a spot on this planet where we can’t find life except for some of the places that have been exploited by Monsanto or some of the power players of the NWO, like DARPA.

    Seems like it would be the same in other galaxies to me, especially if we consider non carbon based life forms. Self designing?…intelligent design?…I dunno, the pattern seems to be in all things, and is manifested by evolutionary change in all things …zzzZZZ*~ except for the pattern…G:

    1. Like the Wizard of Oz told the Scarecrow,”We have people in our land that think great thoughts, the only difference between you and them is a piece of paper called a ‘diploma…'”

      That’s what I see here, people hang on to every word people like Hawking says because he has a more informed ‘opinion’ than anybody else. Ha.

      And you know what wiser folks say about opinions…zzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZ….

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