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 believe that climate change would be humanity's extinction event.

"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.


"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 changes.

"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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I believe in God, and I think He/She is the source of all life. Our problem as humans is that God gave us dominion over every other form of life, but we don't seem to have any respect for any of it. With the damage to the atmosphere that will occur during the Trump Regime Hawking may be right. Trump could be the guy to take us over the edge: he's that stupid.


Hawking is correct. On a separate related note religion is most of the problem. Graft and corruption are the others.

We must get over the idea of fictional dietys running our world to come save us, take responsibility for our finite resources on this planet and start owning and managing it like it is the last one we will ever share. Expanding into the solar system and cosmos is one way to overcome the super-finite resources of out tiny planet. Agreed we need to find the greed and stupidity genes and shut those down so we can cooperate to get it done.

Believing in A book that thrives on fear of retribution after death and that only points to itself as being factual with virtually no external proof is heinous flawed circular logic. Faith by its very definition is belief without proof. Since is the converse which requires proof for confirmation of hypothesis(belief). So in the face of proof these zealots run to circular logic based on falicy to criticize understanding and proof. There are way to many murders, pedophiles, homophobes, zenophobes hate mongers and racists that cling to a religious core quoting teachings of understanding, love one another and turn the other cheek... Then do exactly the opposite. The so called 'religous' people prostelitize at the top of their lungs at any cost and cannot see they are their own antichrist for all the engrained dogmas. Looking for divinity from an environment devoid of global human decency... Showing deities thinking imaginary friends and doing nothing I'm anticipation of some great rapture will never come and persist only to drive humanity to never innovate, continued division, starvation, war and ultimately Oblivion.

Bob Ryan
Bob Ryan

He may be right about greed and stupidity....they seem to be common human traits. Proposing a planet B to colonize is stupid. If Mr Hawking has sounded the alarm that we are ralidly killing the planet by causing climate change, there will be no time to a) Find planet B and b) We will not have the technology in time to get there. He has also overestimated human ability to cause climate change. The Earth cares not about we humans and our fossil fuel emissions. It can cause global warming through forest fires and multiple volcanic eruptions. For an intelligent man, he has made some very stupid stamens.