The discovery of an alien civilisation and successfully making contact with them would be the dream of many scientists and something straight out of a sci-fi film but one expert believes it would have dire consequences should it ever happen.
Michio Kaku is one of the world’s leading physicists and is promoting his new book The God Equation. He believes that the development of one of the world’s most advanced telescopes should be heeded with caution.
Nasa’ James Webb Telescope or JWST for short, is due to be launched into space later this year and will allow astrologers a greater ability to explore the history of the universe.
However, Kaku believes we should take a lesson from history should aliens ever be discovered.
Talking to the Guardian, Kaku made a reference to the 16th-century Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, whose interactions with Montezuma II are believed to have led to the downfall of the Aztec Empire.
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Kaku said: “Soon we’ll have the Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have thousands of planets to look at, and that’s why I think the chances are quite high that we may make contact with an alien civilisation. There are some colleagues of mine that believe we should reach out to them. I think that’s a terrible idea. We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico so many hundreds of years ago.”
He added that although he believes that humans will make contact with aliens in the future, we shouldn’t gamble on them being friendly although they might appear to be at first.
“Now, personally, I think that aliens out there would be friendly but we can’t gamble on it. So I think we will make contact but we should do it very carefully,” Kaku says.
To extrapolate Kaku’s reference further he’s basically saying that Earthlings are the Aztecs and aliens would be the conquistadors and if we aren’t careful it could lead to the end of our civilization.
Historians have argued that Montezuma had sarcastically encouraged the Spanish to take over his empire was taken seriously by the conquistadors and the rest you could say is history.
Let’s just hope our world leaders take a more serious approach should aliens ever pop up on our horizons.