Interstellar Intelligence?

“I doubt whether there is any intelligent life within range of Earth. If there were, why haven’t they visited us?” opines Professor Stephen Hawking in a trailer for a CNN special on him.  (My excuse for watching CNN is that I’m in an hotel in Athens and there’s no BBC.)

Sometimes I doubt that there’s even truly intelligent life on Earth, Professor. And if there were intelligent life within range of us advanced enough to have developed interstellar travel, then surely they would also be intelligent enough to stay well away from us — at least until the Bush Presidency has run its course.

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