Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Out Of Scientific Ideas, Hawking Desperate For Attention

Seems every year there’s a host of folks who like seeing into the future, or at least the future of the coming year. Newsweek posted an article the day after Christmas highlighting the predictions of Stephen Hawking.  Hawking has done groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology.
In September 2010, Hawking spoke against the idea that God could have created the universe in his book The Grand Design.  Hawking previously argued that belief in a Creator could be compatible with modern scientific theories. His new work, however, concluded that the Big Bang was the inevitable consequence of the laws of physics and nothing more. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."
If you’re hopeful 2018 will be better than 2017 Hawking has come to piss on your parade.  In May he predicted humans have 100 years left on Earth.  Climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, he says, are to blame for the doomsday clock.
To avoid extinction, Hawking insists humans must become a multi-planetary species.
In July he told the BBC that humanity is at a tipping point where global warming will convert Earth into a Venus-like planet with temperatures of 250º Celsius and sulfuric rain.  Just last month the wheelchair-bound egghead declared, "By the year 2600, the world’s population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot.”  He’s also frightened of robots apparently. “If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself,” Hawking told Wired.
If you ask me, Hawking is impatient for a kind of disaster which hasn't happened yet.  He has absolutely no idea how the universe was created. He can't. He wasn't there.
His claim God did not create the universe is galling.  There’s no sign he’s been punished for his irreligion.  Nope, no sign at all.

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