Stephen Hawking, who spent his career decoding the universe and even experienced weightlessness, is urging the continuation of space exploration — for humanity’s sake. The 71-year-old Hawking said he did not think humans would survive another 1,000 years “without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
Comments: Is it just me, or does it seem pointless to predict something 1,000 years out when you know there´s no way you can be held accountable for your prediction?!
No one here knows whether this earth will last until next, a thousand, or ten thousand years from now. The pragmatist in me says chances for survival of our kind are better if we are not all in the same place at the same time. Some investment in preparing for inter-planetary travel and colonization should be maintained.
Humans & Earth are hardier than Hawkings & his other elitist friends think. Since there is no god who created and maintains all this, atheists think we´re all a fortuitous accident waiting to be erased from the universe and get irrationally worked up over every single alarmist possibility of human extinction. Many "environmentalists", like Albore, take advantage of this perpetual existential angst to enrich themselves while hypocritically living like a hog in their personal lives.
Here is a dirty little secret about Hawking and his ability to communicate. Only his graduate assistant can interpret and put into words the twitches on Hawking´s face.So I consider that to be as bogus as the ´facilitated communication´ hoax perpetrated by Doug Biklen, Dean of the college of education at Syracuse University. Frontline did a thorough job of discrediting the facilitated communications stuff, but Biklen is still raking in federal grant money to continue the scam.\ No one knows what Hawking might be saying, if anything. He just has twitches.
A thousand years from now, we´ll have been long gone and forgotten. With tons of radioactive water streaming into the pacific, containing, among other things, iodine 129, with a half-life of 15.7 million years. Those poisons poisoning our world today, will be here, still poisoning this world long after the last lifeform has been terminated.
In the year 2525, if man is still alive If woman can survive, they may find In the year 3535 Ain´t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie Everything you think, do and say Is in the pill you took today.......
Well then, due to Obama neutering the space program and replacing it with a religious outreach program, we apparently will be obliterated. At least the Muslims will feel good about themselves as the last lights wink out.
#15 -- If he can´t communicate, or we can´t interpret what he´s communicating, then who has actually been writing his books and communicating for him? Are you saying that he has literally just been a shill for someone´s else all these years?
second post apology, but #23, for the past several years, Hawking has lost the ability to communicate with that voice computer activation gadget. And it has been reported that the young man who is his graduate assistant reads the twitches on Hawking´s face, and produces the words, via the computer gadget. Facilitated communication is a process whereby a severely autistic person has his or her hand held over a keyboard, and with the help of a facilitator, who holds the hand of the autistic person, which somehow types out words of the patient. Frontline, back in the 1990s, did an expose of Biklen, who would not allow anyone to validate the process, because ´it would be an insult to the autistic person.´ Frontline, by setting up a screen between the autism person and the facilitator, using two screens and showing one object to the patient and another object to the facilitator, showed conclusively that the process was bogus.
#17, maybe you ought to look at current pictures of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, or Chernobyl. The first two are modern bustling cities today. The latter, unfortunately, is in Russia. And then think about the claims spewed by libtards about the horrors and thousands of years of poisons, etc., etc.
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The Architect, 4/11/2013 11:14:40 AM (No. 9270439)
Hawking may be a liberal, but to say he is anything but a genius is flat out wrong. He is severely handicapped and can´t move at all. He does not only communicate through his graduate assistant. He has a pneumatic/electronic device that allows him to speak by himself with a robotic voice. I suggest you read his book "A Brief History of Time" to put his brilliance into perspective. He explains not only time but different dimensions and the big bang in layman´s terms. He is the antithasis of today´s typical liberal. He does not bemoan his handicap. He has overcome it by the sheer might of his intellect.
Search as they have in recent years, no space scientist has found a planet able to sustain life. That is no more than a pipe dream, it is believing in fairy tales. Belief in A Creator who perfected earth for human habitation is more believable since earth is the only one out here in space that is habitable.
If there is another place out there that is habitable--it would almost have to be in the solar system because other galaxies are many generations distant absent the ability to travel at far above the speed of light--I would imagine that within one thousand years a small group of intrepid explorers might have colonized it. But whatever man-caused ills the earth is heir to (and the earth in time cleanses itself), the same will happen elsewhere if elsewhere is in mankind´s future. I think it´s far more likely that mankind will kill itself off, or be wiped out by a meteorite or a superbug. Without the guidance of the Creator, we´re all doomed anyway. And you know what a devout Christian Stephen Hawking is. /s
The last bit of "news" I heard from Hawking called the existence of God a "fairy story" at the same time he maintained that human beings should fulfill their potential by making good use of their lives. I remember thinking, "To what end?" If there isn´t an afterlife or any point to our existence beyond the here and now, who´s to say what any of us "should" do with his life?
#17, The "gadget" he uses is controlled by eye movement, before that it was controlled by breaths. There was a time, before he completely lost the physical ability to speak entirely, that an assistant "translated" his speech. Professor Hawking is a brilliant theoretical physicist, but as an Engineer, I do question several of his theories.
Now, whether or not you agree with his time frame, I believe that he is essentially correct on this. Humanity must grow - expand our horizons. We must continue to endeavor to see what is around the bend of the river or over the next hill. Only by leaving Earth can we do this. Additionally, Humanity must also preserve itself. There will be a global catastrophe, it is only a matter of time.
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