String Theory theorist Michio Kaku believes that the James Webb Space Telescope will find life on other planets, but argues that it is not a good idea to contact these potential aliens.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, the professor of theoretical physics at New York City College talked about his next book “The God Equation” and said he believes that we are on the right track to discover alien life within a century.
“We will soon have the telescope [Webb] in orbit and we’ll have thousands of planets to watch, ”said Kaku. “That’s why I think that the chances of us coming into contact with an alien civilization are quite high.”
However, the string theory theorist does not believe that we should soon contact other forms of life – even if we find them.
“There are some colleagues of mine who believe that we should get in touch with them. I think it’s a terrible idea, ”said Kaku. “Now, personally, I think the aliens out there would be friendly, but we can’t bet on that. So I think we’ll make contact, but we must do it very carefully”.
“We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico so many hundreds of years ago,” he recalled.
According to the IFLScience, Spanish forces led by Cortés massacred the unarmed Aztecs until “the blood of the warriors runs like water”, which does not seem an ideal outcome for the first contact with alien life.
Kaku had mentioned this idea in the past, explaining that although he believes that alien life will be mostly peaceful – given that we will probably find civilizations thousands or perhaps millions of years prior to today’s human beings – that does not mean that we should take the risk.
“We cannot take the risk”, said the theoretical physicist, in statements to the BigThink in 2018. “We shouldn’t try to announce our existence to alien life in outer space because we don’t know their intentions.”
According to Kaku, the danger is not that the aliens are “bad” in themselves, but that they don’t even care about us. The scientist compared our position in the Universe to that of a deer in the forest. While hunters in the forest pose a threat to deer, the real danger comes from that it can pave the forest and destroy the environment.
Maria Campos, ZAP //