I don't think <they> were better off for it


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The quote is "But we should have been wary of answering back (to the questions of aliens), until we have develop a bit further. Meeting a more advanced civilisation (aliens from other planets), at our present stage (at the current stage of the huamn beings), might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't think they were better off for it. Please could you describe the last sentence in other words? In the last sentence, does the pronoun "they" refer to humans? But in the previous he used "we". Or does "they" refer to aliens in that last sentence? Does it mean (1) Hawking doesn't think (the behaviour of) aliens will be better (or) (2) Hawking doesn't think (the fate of) humans will be better
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