Well, according to Stephen Hawkings anyway. Essentially the uber-boffin reckons we should be wary of announcing our presence to any sentient alien lifeforms in case they’re far too keen to pillage planet Earth for our resources. Or, to put it another way, they might be just too like us for comfort. Our history of cultural first contact isn’t exactly a model of ethical behaviour after all. From the Roman enslavement of other races to the European colonisation of America (North and South) time and again humans show their instincts.

Best hope there’s no-one with bigger toys than us out there then?

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