With the passing of the legendary scientist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, many are now taking the time to look back on his extraordinary life. Stephen Hawking was, of course, considered by many to be one of the brightest minds on Earth, and never let the effects of Lou Gehrig’s disease quell his intellect, his quest for knowledge and his razor sharp wit. He had opinions on everything, and even enjoyed making strange bets with friends and colleagues, and was also known for enjoying a bit of gambling, but despite his smarts he wasn’t terribly good at it!
Hawking may have required the help of an electronic device to speak, but it did not hinder him from saying many interesting, profound, and even scary things. These are some of the most profound Stephen Hawking quotes:
During the Tencent Web Summit in November, 2017, Hawking was seen in a video presentation. His words, however, were not as comforting as guests had anticipated. Instead, Hawking gave a harsh warning to everyone present, and likewise everyone on Earth.
"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.”
On June 20th, 2017, the Starmus festival in Norway had a talk from Hawking, with similarly echoed concerns about humanity.
"Shouldn't we be content to be cosmic sloths, enjoying the universe from the comfort of Earth? The answer is, no. The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive."
From the CuriosityStream video service, a documentary called Stephen Hawking’s Favourite Places put a new spin on the possibility of encountering alien life.
“One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this," Hawking was referring to the recently discovered, potentially habitable planet Gliese 832c. "But we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn't turn out so well.”
On a tour of London’s Science Museum, in February 2015, Hawking spoke about human aggression, and how it related to modern man, versus ancient man.
"The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all."
In June 2017, the United States withdrew from a climate deal with Paris, against widespread protest. In response to the event, Hawking had the following to say;
"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 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid."
During a public question and answer session at the BBC Reith lecture, in 2016, Hawking had some hard-hitting things to say about the potential of disasters occurring on earth.
"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or 10 thousand years."
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom from Hawking, who also had plenty of inspiring things to say. Including the following:
“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”
“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”
“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.”
“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”
Now that’s food for thought right there!