Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Abandon Earth or Face Extinction (Video) Stephen Hawking: "I see great danger for the human race"


Will humans have to abandon Spaceship Earth?

Long-Term Future of Humans Must Be in Space Stephen Hawking believes humans must abandon Earth or face extinction. Dr. Hawking says, "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million." Hawking adds, "The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load." Further, "Our only chance of long term survival, is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

Increasingly Dangerous Period of Human History Hawking conjectures, "If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we survive and continue." However, "But we are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth, are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill." He believes humans' "selfish and aggressive instincts" via the genetic code were an advantage in the past but now are a liability.

Abandon Earth - Or Face Extinction Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist: Stephen Hawking says all we have to do is survive another two hundred years and the human race will be saved, because by that point human settlements in space will already be well-established.

About Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking has worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. These results indicated that it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great Scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century. One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but rather should emit radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear. Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time. This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science.

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