By Frank WarrenThere is great irony in the fact that British theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking is one of the brightest minds on the planet, with a boat load of scientific achievements and academic accolades etc., etc., attached to him, all the while being a prisoner in his own body, suffering from the ravages of a disease similar to ALS. Although the progression of the disease has left him virtually paralyzed, his mental faculties are acute, as evidenced by his upcoming participation in the four-part series special entitled, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, (which is the culmination of three year’s work by Hawking and the producers).
The UFO Chronicles
The UFO Chronicles
The Discovery Channel describes the show as follows:
Tonight’s premiere episode (which addresses the possibility of alien, intelligent life and the likelihood of future contact) has garnered some fanfare, not only for the obvious a fore mentioned collaboration between Hawking’s brilliance and leading edge computer animation, conversely it comes from the “warning” Hawking issues in regards to the theme of tonight’s episode, i.e., Aliens, or more accurately, future contact with any galactic neighbors.
A Stunning New Series
“Stephen Hawking hosts an epic new kind of cosmology series, a Planet Earth of the heavens. It takes the world's most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation. Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time — from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.”
Hawking describes making contact with aliens as being “a little too risky”; he adds:
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads; looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach . . .. 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.”Tonight's episode: ALIENS: Premieres Sunday April 25 @ 9:00 pm eastern.