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Apprehensive about how humans may treat other-worldly beings, Stephen Hawking has famously called the search for extra terrestrial life 'foolhardy'.

But India's celebrated astrophysicist, Jayant Narlikar is the perpetual optimist, who believes extra-terrestrials with superior intelligence could provide us a short-cut to progress, and the key to a better civilization.

"If there are extra-terrestrial beings more advanced than us, we could ask them so many questions and perhaps leap centuries ahead. Imagine how they could widen our perspective of the universe," he remarked, delivering a lecture 'Search for extraterrestrial life in the Universe' at the DD Kosambi Festival Of Ideas in Panaji on Thursday.



 




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