8 Things You Don’t Know About Stephen Hawking

8. He Believes In Aliens That Will Kill Us All

Stephen Hawking was a genius scientist, so it makes sense that he believed in life beyond our planet, even if it isn’t the kind Mulder always finds and gets pouty about. See, he wasn’t not saying that aliens exist on Earth or that all those UFOs are actually alien ships. He was just saying that something’s out there, and if we ever find aliens, we should hide.

Hawking elaborated, saying that if we ever contacted aliens it’d go pretty bad for us. Think of any time conquering Europeans found a new continent said, “this is ours now.” That’s pretty bad, right? And if you don’t like this analogy, here’s some bad news: it isn’t ours, but Hawking’s own. He himself said, “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.”

Basically, Hawking thought that, if aliens come to Earth, it’ll be more Independence Day and less E.T. You probably never thought about it, but apparently Independence Day is one of the more realistic alien movies out there. Time to work on giving our future invaders a cold.

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