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Abandon Earth or Face Extinction, Stephen Hawking Warns
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Posted on 08/09/2010 8:53:02 AM PDT by Scythian

It's time to abandon Earth, warned the world's most famous theoretical physicist.

In an interview with website Big Think, Stephen Hawking warned that the long-term future of the planet is in outer space.

"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet," he said.

"I see great dangers for the human race," Hawking said. "There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 was one of these. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future."

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1 posted on 08/09/2010 8:53:04 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian
The earth is a lot more robust than Mr. Hawing.
2 posted on 08/09/2010 8:54:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.)
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To: Scythian

I’ll only abandon Earth if we can leave all of the liberal idiots behind.


3 posted on 08/09/2010 8:54:23 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Agreed, I’d swear he’s fishing for a grant?


4 posted on 08/09/2010 8:54:41 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian
Algore was right!! "Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet"

http://www.theonion.com/articles/al-gore-places-infant-son-in-rocket-to-escape-dyin,2495/

5 posted on 08/09/2010 8:56:29 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: Scythian

Short term he’s full of crap, and that is irresponsible of someone with his stature in science.

Very long term he is correct, nothing we need to panic over that is certain. LOL

All I can think is he wants to light a fire under our asses to start heading out of low earth orbit again and actually GOING places.


6 posted on 08/09/2010 8:56:51 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Scythian

The planet will eventually die but I don’t think we’ll be around at that point. If we haven’t figured out how to get off this rock in the next thousand years, let alone million years it will probably because we’ve joined the dinosaurs.


7 posted on 08/09/2010 8:57:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Scythian

“world’s most famous theoretical physicist.”

I guess theoretically it could be done but the pragmatism in me does not see a practical application. to achieve his objective.


8 posted on 08/09/2010 8:57:11 AM PDT by edcoil (Truth's commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed.)
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To: Scythian

I have always have had a deep suspicion about what this man “says”. How do we really know if what is being attributed to him saying is really from him and not someone using him to push an agenda?


9 posted on 08/09/2010 8:57:28 AM PDT by Grumpybutt (Back off! I'm Grumpy (love that car window sticker!) LOL)
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To: Scythian

I somewhat agree with Hawking but for different reasons.

I do think that mankind can, and should, eventually spread to other planets. The sun brightens over time, and in 500 million to a billion years, Earth will be too hot no matter what Al Gore or anyone else says or does.

That’s FAR future stuff though.


10 posted on 08/09/2010 8:57:54 AM PDT by RockinRight (Outrage does not make the law.)
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To: Scythian

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools


11 posted on 08/09/2010 8:58:16 AM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Well, FWIW a man who can live over 40 years with ALS, which usually kills it’s victims in 5 years or less, is probably pretty robust himself!


12 posted on 08/09/2010 8:58:38 AM PDT by RockinRight (Outrage does not make the law.)
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To: Scythian

Stephen saw WALL-E?


13 posted on 08/09/2010 8:59:07 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Victory or Death!)
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To: Scythian

Hey Stephen! You first!


14 posted on 08/09/2010 8:59:57 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (My problem with aging is I tend to forget things. Also, I've found that I tend to forget things.)
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To: Scythian

From what I’ve read in the Bible the Earth is doomed anyway


15 posted on 08/09/2010 9:00:02 AM PDT by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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To: Scythian

Not too sure how “smart” Hawking is.

Just about nothing that he has promoted is factual nor real. He is a dreamer that believes his own dreams; that just makes him a typical leftist. (not smart)
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16 posted on 08/09/2010 9:00:34 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Scythian

Just where, Mr. Hawking, do you suggest we go?


17 posted on 08/09/2010 9:01:31 AM PDT by mtg
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To: Scythian

There’s no point acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now.


18 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Scythian

That’s great advice, Mr. Hawking, but Obama said NASA’s prime goal is to make muslims feel good about their contributions to whatever.

So now what?


19 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:26 AM PDT by chris37
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To: RockinRight
I still bet that the earth is around long after Mr. Hawking is not, or you or I for that matter.
20 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:28 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.)
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To: Scythian
Is "abandon" Hawking's word or the take of the author and headline writer?
Still, we need to act and act fast, Hawking stated. "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million. Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth but to spread out into space. We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space."
hard to argue with that statement and I don't see where that involves abandonment of Mother Erf.
21 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:39 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Scythian

There’s a great athiest mind for you folks.


22 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:39 AM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: Scythian

Another nut-case (”We’re all gonna die” Chicken-Little) heard from.

In spite of “Climate-Gate” and other politicized science scams, he still thinks that people will believe him just because he’s a “scientist”.

Hawking never gives up his “dream” of conning someone (or taxpayers) into paying for a rocket ride into space for him before he dies.

Pathetic.


23 posted on 08/09/2010 9:02:58 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (BP was founder of Cap & Trade Lobby and is linked to John Podesta, The Apollo Alliance and Obama)
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To: Scythian

It seems to me to be a reasonable statement. It’s in our natures to colonize in order to insure the continuation of our species and finding other planets, etc., is a logical progression. And it’s increasingly apparent that it will at some point become necessary. Or we can just go away. But in the meantime, the natural desire to hedge our bets by spreading the risks through migration will be the same as it ever was.


24 posted on 08/09/2010 9:03:21 AM PDT by metalcor
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To: Scythian

25 posted on 08/09/2010 9:03:44 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Nashvegas
From what I’ve read in the Bible the Earth is doomed anyway

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.


Al Gore is in actually correct (much like a broken watch is twice a day). Global Warming is coming, but on a massive scale ...
26 posted on 08/09/2010 9:04:02 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

I thought Hawkings illness had advanced so far he was not going to able to communicate anymore, but I guess that is not true?

I’m glad we can still be able to know what he is thinking and saying, but this seems a little unworthy of his great mind. Seems a little sensationalistic. Then again, he’s probably correct.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 9:04:03 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Names Ash Housewares

“Very long term he is correct, nothing we need to panic over that is certain.”

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Wow, all you have to do is read God’s word to get that mesasage, but there is nowhere in the universe to go that doesn’t suffer the same fate: Nonexistance of the Physical, temporal universe. Sure its going to happen, but God has provided for us before he does it.
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28 posted on 08/09/2010 9:05:12 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Scythian

Dr Hawking also warns against talking to aliens.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/25/dont-talk-aliens-warns-stephen-hawking/

That’s going to piss off some sci-fi geeks who early awaiting aliens from the planet Vulcan.


29 posted on 08/09/2010 9:05:41 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: dfwgator

“Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!”


30 posted on 08/09/2010 9:05:50 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Scythian

After you Steve.


31 posted on 08/09/2010 9:05:52 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: mtg
"Just where, Mr. Hawking, do you suggest we go?"

"One of these days Alice. POW! To the moon, Alice, to the moon."

32 posted on 08/09/2010 9:06:48 AM PDT by sniper63 (I am the leader of the TEA Party, I, myself am the leader of me, myself for I am the TEA Party!)
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To: Beowulf9

“Then again, he’s probably correct.”

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That would make exactly... uhh... ONCE!
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33 posted on 08/09/2010 9:06:57 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Scythian

It’s his meds.


34 posted on 08/09/2010 9:07:08 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Scythian

So this is a way to fund a large space station for the government and rich and famous?


35 posted on 08/09/2010 9:07:18 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: dfwgator
There’s no point acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

I have my towel.
36 posted on 08/09/2010 9:07:28 AM PDT by Kegger
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’m sure glad you stated that. I was packing up and getting ready to leave. Whew...........I like my neighborhood.


37 posted on 08/09/2010 9:08:22 AM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: mtg

If he’s concerned about problems that are sociological in nature, they’ll be with us no matter where we’re living.

If he’s concerned about problems in our physical environment, they’re going to be a hell of a lot easier to solve in our present location, where we are already present, with a viable atmosphere and oodles of resources, than they would be on any extraterrestrial site at which all the factors above would be major problems.

If he’s worried about disasters on a cosmological scale (asteroid impact, etc.), those can be worked on in the background; long-range, we should have plenty of time to prepare, and if it happens short-range, we’re screwed anyway.

How a guy so much smarter than me can be so much dumber just amazes me.


38 posted on 08/09/2010 9:09:34 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: dfwgator
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DON'T PANIC!!

39 posted on 08/09/2010 9:09:34 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: metalcor

“Or we can just go away.”

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Available choices:

* Heaven (recommended)

* Hell (not recommended)
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40 posted on 08/09/2010 9:10:21 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Scythian
The logistics of traveling to another habitable planet, let alone moving a large amount of people with enough food, water and supplies is extremely onerous to say the least if not impossible.

We could be the only “intelligent” or humanoid creatures in the universe.

The earth has been here 4.5 billion years. Unless the planet explodes, etc., humans will still most likely be in for a long time. In what form or condition, who knows.

Who knows, we may be able to evolve in a better, smarter and happier form if we can just wise up the leftists, Democrats, Muslims and socialists. That's the toughest challenge.

41 posted on 08/09/2010 9:10:34 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam and illegal immigration.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes but the progressies are trying to drive us bck to the dark ages.

How can re achieve an answer when society has been driven to the stupid leaders.

MY list:
End: EPA.EDU,NEA, INTERIOR etc etc etc.


42 posted on 08/09/2010 9:10:58 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Marty62

bttt


43 posted on 08/09/2010 9:12:07 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Scythian
In a galaxy far, far away...


44 posted on 08/09/2010 9:12:07 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Scythian

There’s nothing stupid about. Earth becoming largely uninhabitable is an inevitability. Might be an asteroid strike, the next ice age, or a pole reversal, and if we somehow manage to avoid all that eventually the sun will turn off. One way or the other the planet will no longer be able to sustain us, and if we haven’t gotten a sustainable population off the rock by then everything else we’ve ever done becomes pointless.


45 posted on 08/09/2010 9:12:27 AM PDT by discostu (like a dog being shown a card trick)
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To: Nashvegas

“From what I’ve read in the Bible the Earth is doomed anyway”

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Along with the rest of the physical universe! (at the exact same moment)
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46 posted on 08/09/2010 9:12:51 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: metalcor

What made America great was the people with balls sailed across the ocean for a chance for opportunity while the weak and timid stayed home.

Another migration is in order.


47 posted on 08/09/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT by listenhillary (When will our government stop abusing us and stop hurting our children?)
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To: editor-surveyor

“A Brief History of Time” was one of the very few books in recent memory I discarded half-read.


48 posted on 08/09/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (CNN:AP:etc:Today, President Obama's stool was firm and well-formed. One end was slightly pointed. ")
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To: Scythian

He’s right but you need to filter out the mandatory PC babble.


49 posted on 08/09/2010 9:14:35 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: discostu

But he’s talking in the next 100 years? Rediculious ...


50 posted on 08/09/2010 9:15:07 AM PDT by Scythian
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