Stephen Hawking: Greed And Stupidity Are What Will End The Human Race

Physicist Stephen Hawking said pollution coupled with human greed and stupidity were the biggest threats to humanity.

Near the time of his death, the late Stephen Hawking remained convinced that the human race would require a “Planet B” if the species hoped to continued its existence.

Hawking believed that climate change would be humanity's extinction event.

Via BBC:

"We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid," he told BBC News.

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"Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it's one we can prevent if we act now."

The astrophysicist argued that humans were diminishing the Earth’s resources far faster than nature or technology could possibly replace them.

Hawking blamed human greed and stupidity for the impending climate disaster.

“We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,” Hawking told Larry King last year. The population has grown by half a billion since our last meeting [six years prior], with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100."

Hawking took the view that humans were inherently destructive and selfish. He was skeptical of any human efforts to rein in climate change due to these characteristics.

Via BBC:

"I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous.

Because of his views on human nature, Hawking saw interplanetary relocation as the only effective means for the species to survive.

"The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space."

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chrisdorf
chrisdorf

My Parish priest, my aunt, my best friend's Dad, and a couple other acquaintances got Lou Gehrig's disease like Stephen Hawkings and the accumulation of wealth is meaningless when you have a terminal disease that debilitates you like Lou Gehrig's disease

Joshua12586
Joshua12586

We are all like leaves that fade away with time..Every single one of us will face trials and tribulations in life....The only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ....There are only two things that are ETERNAL...God's WORD and YOUR SOUL!...For what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and in that process lose their very own SOUL? Life is what you make it and if you choose to reject God on Earth He will reject you in Heaven.

Ambrosia82
Ambrosia82
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And you're not? The fact that you say he's the most stupid person in the world kind of classifies you as one of the same. And tell me, in your infinite wisdom, how is it that you deduced or concluded that Hawking is "the most stupid person in the world"? What evidence do you have to support your claim? What makes you such an authority on the intellectual capacity of other people? Are you smart? Are you able to make yourself survive for over 5 decades longer than any medical professional projects once diagnosed with a very rare and extremely advanced form of a disease that rapidly takes the lives of those it infects? Have you received a PhD in anything? Or received a PhD after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease (Lou Gherig's Disease)?

Gailstrail
Gailstrail

Confucius said,”Study your history and you may define your future.” "“In the age of imitation, many outwardly follow along with things and inwardly fail to clarify their minds. Even if they do great works, they are not ultimate. In general, it is the baseness and vulgarity of the people with whom they associate that makes them that way.

It is like the case of insects: if they gather on an ox, they do not fly more than a few paces; but if they stick to a swift horse, they can chase the wind and pursue the sun, simply because of the superiority of what they cleave to. So students should always chose carefully where they will stay, and always go with good people. Then eventually they can cut off error and bias, approach balance and right and hear true words.” – Zen Lessons, The Art of Leadership

magicdragon
magicdragon
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I don't know how much of the bible you have read, but having read it quite extensively I can't buy it. In order to digest the whole thing, some questions must be asked. We have talking serpents, enough water to cover the entire Earth, although if all the snow and ice on Earth melted, it would raise sea level less than 500 feet. Then somehow a few men built a boat large enough to house two of every animal. Granted the men lived to be several hundred years old but it is still a huge undertaking. Then we find a woman turned into a pillar of salt (my mother-in-law could be the Guinea pig) and a man living inside a fish for three days. Don't forget the man slaying 1000 warriors with the jaw bone of an ass (I think Franklin Graham). Then we have sticks turning into snakes, food mysteriously appearing for forty years (why do 20,000 starve to death every day?), the Earth stopping its rotation for half a day. There was a talking donkey in there someplace. If you tease a bald man, god will send a bear or two to devour you. We have the dead rising (forget the MIL), water turning into wine, walking on water, and other feats of magic. Didn't even touch on the Earth only being 8,000 years old and humans coexisting with dinosaurs.

Don't get me wrong, there is wisdom and history in all ancient manuscripts. I like the proverbs. "Like a fine gold ring in the snout of a swine, so is a comely woman who lacketh discretion." As a guide for governments, it has proven to be ineffective at best and evil at worst. Slavery, genocide, wars, rape, and devastation is the only outcome of european christians colonizing any pristine land they found. Wherever religion has reigned, the people have been victimized. Any religion.