Originally Posted by sirhcyennek81
There is nothing on earth that compares to how time and distance relate in space. We are seeing stars shining bright in the sky tonight that blew up a few million years ago. As we currently understand things, it would be impossible to travel from one planet to another in another galaxy.
Would you want to meet a being from another planet? Its not going to be like ET. I tend to agree with Hawking. We cannot assume aliens would be benign. They would come here to take what they need and move on...like ID4, but without a wisecracking pilot and an eco-nerd who is also a hacker saving the planet.
I also tend to agree with Hawking that another being could be hostile but I also believe they could be more enlightened than us as well.
We have all sorts of ways of life on Earth. I think the same applies to how life would function on other planets.
I often wonder how much more we as humans could do if we used more of our brain capacity. I have a feeling we will be a lot further along with a discussion like this in 2040 when technology really allows us to explore the Cosmos.