Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of National Defence, has taken issue with physicist Steven Hawking.
Hawking recently sounded the alarms that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is probably inevitable, and some discoveries may involve advanced life forms.
Hawking said we should not be so anxious for that contact. Historically, when an advanced civilization meets a more primitive one, things do not turn out well for the less advanced civilization. Our attempts to contact ET are like the Aztecs throwing into the sea a bottle with a note inviting the Spanish to come visit.
Hellyer, who served in the Canadian Parliament for decades and ran for the Liberal Party leadership, believes that Hawking is needlessly spreading “pretty scary talk.”
Hellyer believes the aliens are already here.
“The reality is that they’ve (aliens) been visiting Earth for decades and probably millennia and have contributed considerably to our knowledge,” said Hellyer.
“Microchips, for example, fiber-optics, they are just two of the many things that allegedly — and probably for real — came from crashed vehicles,” added Hellyer.
Forget that special gift of human ingenuity. It looks like that as a specie we can master fire and create a bow, but once it gets the advanced stuff, then we need our alien friends to lend a hand. Kind of makes one wonder about Bill Gates terrestrial origins, doesn’t it? It seemed unnaturally human to make that much money.
Liberal Senator Colin Kenny said that Hellyer approached him in 2005 about setting up a commission to explore the influence of extraterrestrials. “Out of the blue, he starts talking about extraterrestrials and how they’re everywhere and they have these immense powers,” said Kenny.
Too bad Hellyer does not reveal one of his alien friends at a news conference. We could use some of those “immense powers” to solve the nuclear proliferation problem. Until that happens, I’ll keep listening to Hawking.