Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says he believes aliens are probably real, but thinks we should not be trying to contact them. Professor Hawking thinks if aliens are out there, they are far more likely to want to eat us than make friends.

“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” Stephen Hawking says. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might be like.” In his thinking, those bad sci-fi movies and TV shows that feature aliens raping the planet for resources and possibly herding us up for dinner like cows are probably right on the money.

Stephen Hawking (NASA)

Stephen Hawking (NASA)

The famous brainiac shared his alien thoughts with viewers of his new Discovery Channel special Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.

According to Hawking, real aliens would probably be nasty beings who thought of us as cockroaches to be squished underfoot. “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans,” Hawking said.

Hawking thinks we should probably shut up and not be trying to call up any random aliens out there in the universe. “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” Hawking said.

Yeah, we kind of have to agree with that sentiment. If there are aliens out there and they are anything like us, we probably wouldn’t want to meet them in a dark alley of the solar system.

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