Humanity’s systems, which uphold “business-as usual” are very resilient towards real change. Rapid change does not happen until people’s patience caused by the negative consequences of “business-as-usual” (climate change effects, inequity, resource depletion) runs out. Society’s main institutions: democracy and economy are based on short-termism, resulting in a slow societal response to challenges, which need long-term solutions and investments.
The human race must look to outer space within the next century or it will become extinct, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.
I believe the human race is past the point of return and there is no turning back. ET's have warned the same in some encounters, abductions etc. so trying to get info out is a lost cause.
I would guess that is why Aussie leaders are now looking at the option of a small Australia. So the monetary viability does not fall short. The Club of Rome is your source? What sort of club is that? That is a genuine question, I have not heard of this club before.
What about the animals we now try to save instead of watching go extinct? What about the major debates on climate change, and how we need to be looking after the environment? What about all the alternates to fossil fuels coming about each day, and what about people like Gates who are trying to end famine? For every mongrel, there is a knight. Each bottom feeding scumbag like Rossi is countered with a Dick Smith.
LINK - California Condor
LINK - End World Hunger
Professor Hawking is making people think, he not only said that which you have quoted above, but this as well:
"But I'm an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space," he said.
Getting to another planet will prove a challenge, not to mention colonising it for humanity.
So he does not know at all, but is trying to get people moving. That's a good thing.
Man is on the up and up, but we will only stay that way of we remain vigilant of our environment. No secrets there.
I do not feel this means that there is something to uncover with regards to ET.
Edited by psyche101, 22 April 2013 - 09:11 AM.