Monday, May 3, 2010

Alien Profiling?

A former minister in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet thinks Stephen Hawking is being, er,  prejudiced toward aliens. From the Toronto Star:
MONTREAL—Stephen Hawking’s warnings of an alien invasion have prompted a vigorous defence of extraterrestrials by their most prominent Canadian fan.
Former federal defence minister Paul Hellyer, 86, believes not only that aliens have visited Earth but also that they have contributed greatly to human technological advances.
So he can’t quite understand why the world renowned astrophysicist views them with such trepidation; Hawking recently warned that malevolent aliens could lead to the destruction of humanity.
The longtime cabinet minister accuses Hawking of spreading misinformation about extraterrestrials.
“I think he’s indulging in some pretty scary talk there that I would have hoped would not come from someone with such an established stature,” Hellyer said in an interview.
“I think it’s really sad that a scientist of his repute would contribute to what I would consider more misinformation about a vast and very important subject.”...
I say we act proactively and include E.T.s in Canadian "human rights" legislation, just on the off chance they happen to land here and, say, want to join a womens' health club or visit a comedy establishment in Vancouver.


Jim R said...

...or demand their 'cultural rights' to practice and propagate strange and alien behaviors counter to the ones they choose to plant their weird asses in.

What after all is exceptional about Canada's cultural values over ANYONE elses? What is the value of assimilation over 'cultural equality' at any cost?

What makes Canadian's western culture anymore civilized and worth preserving and defending than, say outer space aliens. Can't we just defer to 'Human Rights Commissions' to preserve and protect progress made in civilization. After all, isn't this what they do.....oops!

scaramouche said...

HRCs--the non-alien version of the aliens in "To Serve Man"?