First posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 01:47 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016 03:13 PM EDT
Stephen Hawking's latest theories on outer space life forms sound like they’re straight out of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs.
The physicist and full-time genius says if we announce our presence to a much more technologically-savvy alien race, it could be the end of life as we know it.
The frightening claims were made on the 25-minute program Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places on CuriosityStream (external - login to view), an online video-on-demand platform.
"If intelligent life has evolved, we should be able to hear it," Hawking says, while hovering over the exoplanet in the animated U.S.S. Hawking. "One day we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn't turn out so well."
It's not the first time Hawking has made statements to this effect. On Discovery Channel's 2010 documentary Stephen Hawking's Universe, he said the exact same thing.
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