Skip to comments.Hawking's Moral Calculus
Posted on 05/12/2013 8:36:03 PM PDT by EveningStar
Steven Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and celebrity, has cancelled a planned trip to Israel to participate in a conference sponsored by Israeli President Shimon Peres. His explanation: "I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference."
It's an odd world isn't it? By what inverted moral calculus does someone of Hawking's stature find it morally problematic to set foot on the soil of the region's only democracy? One wonders how many other nations has Hawking declined to visit in order to express his disapproval of their policies?
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To be confused, or questioning, of the decision is to show an unfamiliarity with Hawking.
Sorry, but this tells me he is not a man of science at all. He is a rock star of some kind. What has he contributed to quality of life with his metaphysicalesque meanderings, anyway?
A real scientist (as opposed to an agenda-driven poser) would be thrilled to go to Israel, whose citizens lay claim to a disproportionate share of Nobel prizes, and say “suck eggs” to the muslims, whose only Nobels have been to terrorists like Arafat.
One wonders why the Israelíes invited this ridiculous celebrity in the first place.
Bottom line is that he’s sicker than he looks.
The last time we had this many anti-semites running around there ended up being a world war.
I had not seen that before, but it goes a long way to explaining how I approach the topic.
Rather than smarter, I would contend “safer”.
Hawking is incapacitated and in a wheel chair - if he gets the Muslims mad at him and they come to get him, he won’t be able to escape very well - just a matter of self- preservation........
Yes, the Palestinians reminded him about Leon Klinghoffer.
Never understood why people treat this guy with such reverence and admiration.
“Palestinian academics” asked him not to go? Both of them? Or are they scientists in the same way IPCC signatories are “climate scientists”?
Steven Hawking has jumped the shark.
One of them claims to have invented fire. The other has claims on the invention of the wheel.
He's not as smart as most people (including himself) think he is. He seems to have always been hostile toward religion and quite ordinary when it comes to wisdom.
Uh, Steven Hawking doesn’t actually set foot anywhere...
From the first time I saw him on TV I figured he was a fraud and haven’t changed my mind in years...he is still just a poser that everyone feels sorry for.
What does moral have to do with it? Once you say there is no god, everything is moral.
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