The Discovery Institute has a history of posting rants about Stephen Hawking — for example, see Egnor: Stephen Hawking Is “Sophomoric”, and before that Food Fight: Klinghoffer v. Stephen Hawking, which links to others.
Today, David Klinghoffer, upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), is battling his old foe again. His new post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Dr. Hawking’s First World Problem: What If Aliens Call!?. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Here from Stephen Hawking is a First World problem if ever there was one: If aliens call, do we pick up?
Then he quotes from this article in The Independent: Stephen Hawking warns that humanity should not respond to aliens in case they kill us all , which says:
If we actually end up discovering aliens then they’ll probably just wipe us all out, Stephen Hawking has said. When we made contact with any aliens it would probably be like when the Native Americans first met Christopher Columbus. And, in that case, things “didn’t turn out so well” for the people being visited, Professor Hawking has said. … It’s far from the first time that Professor Hawking has warned about the risk of chatting to aliens.
After that, Klinghoffer tells us:
Sometimes I wonder if Dr. Hawking is being manipulated to say these things or does he really lie awake at night worrying about the “risk of chatting to aliens”? He seems to spend a lot time of “warning” about a diverse list of threats.
He then links to several articles, in which Hawking has warned about the risks of artificial intelligence, Brexit (the UK’s departure from the European Union), global warming, and the extinction risk inherent in humanity’s failure to expand its domain to other planets. The Discoveroids think Hawking is a nervous Nellie. Klinghoffer continues:
But back to the “chatting to aliens” dilemma, he says of Gliese 832c, “[T]he planet could have Earth-like temperatures with an abundant liquid water, and where there is water, there is very often life.” There is? Very often?
Wikipedia has a write-up on Gliese 832 c. It’s a newly-discovered extra-solar planet that is “located approximately 16 light-years (4.93 parsecs, or about 151,400,000,000,000 km) away in the constellation of Grus, orbiting the star Gliese 832, a red dwarf. The planet has an Earth Similarity Index of 0.81, one of the highest Earth Similarity Indices for any known extrasolar planet. It is in its star’s habitable zone. To date, it is the third closest known potentially habitable exoplanet to Earth.”
Like all creationists, Klinghoffer doubts that intelligent life exists anywhere other than on Earth, because their mystical designer — blessed be he! — created us right here on The Privileged Planet. That means Hawking is worried about nothing. He’s a fool!
Klinghoffer ends his post with a smugly superior dismissal of Hawking’s fears:
Meaning no disrespect to the oracular physicist, how does he know this? And if receiving a return call from aliens is a sensible thing to fear in such apocalyptic terms, along with Brexit, global warming, [etc.], why search for a signal, “scan[ning] the nearest million stars for signs of life,” to begin with?
If only Hawking paid attention to the Discoveroids, he wouldn’t go around behaving like an idiot.
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