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  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • A $100 Million Infusion for SETI Research (two parts: Breakthrough Listen and Breakthrough MESSAGE)

    07/20/2015 5:02:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 7/20/15 | Paul Gilster
    A $100 Million Infusion for SETI Researchby Paul Gilster on July 20, 2015 SETI received a much needed boost this morning as Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, along with physicist Stephen Hawking and a panel including Frank Drake, Ann Druyan, Martin Rees and Geoff Marcy announced a $100 million pair of initiatives to reinvigorate the search. The first of these, Breakthrough Listen, dramatically upgrades existing search methods, while Breakthrough Message will fund an international competition to create the kind of messages we might one day send to other stars, although the intention is also to provoke the necessary discussion and debate...
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets a $100-million boost

    07/20/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Nature ^ | 7/20/15 | Zeeya Merali
    Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announces most comprehensive hunt for alien life.You could say that the silence has been deafening. Since its beginnings more than half a century ago, the dedicated search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has failed to detect the presence of alien civilizations. But at London’s Royal Society today (20 July), Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced a shot in the arm for SETI: a US$100-million decadal project to provide the most comprehensive hunt for alien communications so far. The initiative, called Breakthrough Listen, will see radio telescopes at Green Bank in West Virginia, the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and...
  • Russian Entrepreneur Pledges $100 Million in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

    07/20/2015 3:15:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    .Entrepreneur ^ | July 20, 2015 | Nina Zipkin
    Is there anyone else out there in the universe? The endeavor to answer that eternal question got a serious shot in the arm this week thanks to Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. At the Royal Society in London, the billionaire announced the launch of Breakthrough Listen, a 10-year, $100 million initiative to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. Related: The Power of Planning: NASA's Pluto Flyby Was Epic and Amazing Aided by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in W. Va., the CSIRO Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia and the Lick Telescope in at the Lick Observatory in...
  • Stephen Hawking announces $100 million hunt for alien life

    07/20/2015 5:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's Speaking of Science ^ | July 20, 2015 | Rachel Feltman
    On Monday, famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner held a news conference in London to announce their new project: injecting $100 million and a whole lot of brain power into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, an endeavor they're calling Breakthrough Listen. "We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth," Hawking said at Monday's news conference, "So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life." Geoffrey Marcy, a University of California, Berkeley, astronomer who found most of our first exoplanets, also spoke at the event as part of the group's brain trust....
  • Einstein vs Bergson, Science vs Philosophy and the Meaning of Time

    06/28/2015 3:47:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    ABC.net.au/ ^ | June 24, 2015 | Joe Gelonsi
    When Henri met Albert the stars didn’t quite align; nor did their clocks. Jimena Canales, historian of science, tells Joe Gelonesi about her discovery of an explosive 20th century debate that changed our view of time and destroyed a reputation.Physicists and philosophers have a curious relationship. They both need each other for the cosmic dance, but one partner sometimes refuses to join in. Star physicist Stephen Hawking even declared the end of philosophy in 2011. In some ways the pronouncement was to be expected; physics triumphalism dictates that at some point philosophy will exhaust itself and be unable to solve...
  • STEPHEN HAWKING SAYS ALIENS COULD BE AS BRUTAL AS CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

    04/25/2010 11:08:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 116 replies · 1,986+ views
    dscriber ^ | Sunday, April 25 2010
    British physicist Stephen Hawking, the brilliant man who wrote "A Brief History of Time," says aliens probably exist and frets that if they discover Earth their intentions might be less like the film, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and more like the book, "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." In the book, alien bureaucrats determine the Earth should be demolished to make way for space highway and blow the Earth up. Sorry. Nothing personal. Prepare to die. It's not such a crazy thought, says Hawking, in a Discovery Channel series. "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking...
  • Stephen Hawking: Human Aggression Could 'Destroy Us All'

    03/16/2015 1:38:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 23, 2015 | Tanya Lewis
    Stephen Hawking may be getting some Hollywood love for "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about his life that earned actor Eddie Redmayne the best actor Oscar at last night's Academy Awards. But that hasn't stopped the world-famous physicist from issuing yet another warning about humanity's impending doom. Human aggression threatens to destroy us all, Hawking said during a tour of London's Science Museum last week. The remark was in response to a question about what human shortcomings he would most like to alter. Hawking suffers from a neurological disease similar to Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)....
  • I Got Cider in My Ear!

    02/17/2015 5:36:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/17/15 | Steve Berman
    One of these days, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, you do not accept this bet because, as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider. So said Sky Masterson, gambler and philosopher, in Guys and Dolls.  Brother Sky was a skeptic.  He believed...
  • Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives?

    02/13/2015 6:01:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2015 | Sam Creighton
    Her bizarre New Age views on topics such as reincarnation and UFOs have often left the public baffled. Now Shirley MacLaine has provoked widespread fury by claiming the victims of the Holocaust may have brought their fate upon themselves. The veteran Hollywood actress suggests the six million Jews and millions of others systematically murdered in Hitler’s death camps in the 1940s were ‘balancing their karma’ for crimes committed in past lives. She also suggests that cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking may have subconsciously given himself his debilitating motor neurone disease.
  • Shhh, don’t wake the aliens, warns Hawking

    02/13/2015 8:05:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    IrishExaminer ^ | February 14, 2015
    Meanwhile, scientists have learned what people would say on making first contact with aliens and it is not “take me to your leader”. Instead, they are much more likely to ask the extraterrestrials for help. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence scientist Doug Vakoch said: “One of the striking commonalities — men and women, young and old — was a message ‘please help’. “A sense that we are in a very precarious time in our development as a civilisation,” said Dr Vakoch. “Our technologies are greater than our social stability. So if we make contact with another civilisation that may be more...
  • CELEBS WHO SUPPORT PALESTINE

    01/21/2015 8:23:46 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Press Room VIP ^ | 1/7/15 | Sean Haspel
    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raged for decades, and despite numerous attempts to broker peace, an end to the violence does not appear likely anytime soon. Opinions on both sides of the debate are fierce and passionate, and nearly everyone has feelings of some kind regarding the geo-political situation.
  • Prince Andrew fights back with a Davos denial: Duke's bid to bury underage 'sex slave' claims...

    01/18/2015 9:24:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2015 | Nick Craven and Brendan Carlin
    This week's reception will give three young entrepreneurs who were finalists in a Pitch@Palace competition the chance to speak to the assembled tycoons. Another of the Prince's pet projects, iDEA, supports 14 to 25-year-olds in developing digital business ventures... Alan Dershowitz, one of Jeffery Epstein's lawyers, has issued writs denying Ms Roberts's claims one by one, saying he has never met her... Writing in The Times, he added: 'She has also claimed that Stephen Hawking and I were on the island together during a sex orgy. I have never met Professor Hawking.' ... A secret cache of videotapes locked in...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Two Black Holes Dancing in 3C 75

    09/27/2014 9:50:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | September 28, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happening at the center of active galaxy 3C 75? The two bright sources at the center of this composite x-ray (blue)/ radio (pink) image are co-orbiting supermassive black holes powering the giant radio source 3C 75. Surrounded by multimillion degree x-ray emitting gas, and blasting out jets of relativistic particles the supermassive black holes are separated by 25,000 light-years. At the cores of two merging galaxies in the Abell 400 galaxy cluster they are some 300 million light-years away. Astronomers conclude that these two supermassive black holes are bound together by gravity in a binary system in part...
  • A surge of attacks against classical GR (General Relativity)

    10/01/2014 1:02:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Reference Frame ^ | September 29, 2014 | Luboš Motl
    ... Well, even 90 years isn't enough, it seems, so right now, we are entering new waters – the denial of some basic results of general relativity, our modern theory of gravity that has been around and available to everyone since 1916. So in the last week, hundreds of publications informed their readers that it's been "mathematically proven" that the big bang theory is wrong and the black holes don't exist. These nutty claims boil down to some papers by a crackpot named Ms Laura Mersini-Houghton (no, I really, really won't accept her doctorate) who had previously claimed that she...
  • Astrophysicists duo propose Planck star as core of black holes

    02/17/2014 10:49:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bob Yirka
    The current thinking regarding black holes is that they have two very simple parts, an event horizon and a singularity. Because a probe cannot be sent inside a black hole to see what is truly going on, researchers have to rely on theories. The singularity theory suffers from what has come to be known as the "information paradox"—black holes appear to destroy information, which would seem to violate the rules of general relativity, because they follow rules of quantum mechanics instead. This paradox has left deep thinking physicists such as Stephen Hawking uneasy—so much so that he and others have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The View Near a Black Hole

    03/23/2014 4:38:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | March 23, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In the center of a swirling whirlpool of hot gas is likely a beast that has never been seen directly: a black hole. Studies of the bright light emitted by the swirling gas frequently indicate not only that a black hole is present, but also likely attributes. The gas surrounding GRO J1655-40, for example, has been found to display an unusual flickering at a rate of 450 times a second. Given a previous mass estimate for the central object of seven times the mass of our Sun, the rate of the fast flickering can be explained by a black...
  • Stephen Hawking warns God particle has potential to 'end world' [Universe in DANGER!]

    09/08/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014, 12.32 PM IST | Staff
    LONDON: Stephen Hawking has recently warned that the God particle or Higgs boson has the potential to obliterate the universe. The 72-year-old cosmologist said Higgs boson could become unstable at very high energy levels, which would lead to a "catastrophic vacuum decay" causing space and time to collapse and that there would not be any warning to the danger, the Daily Express reported. Speaking in the preface to a new book called Starmus, the Cambridge-educated scientist said that the Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become mega-stable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). However, Hawking did also...
  • Why Hawking is Wrong About Black Holes

    02/01/2014 1:03:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | February 1, 2014 | Brian Koberlein on
    Black holes can radiate in a way that agrees with thermodynamics, and the region near the event horizon doesn’t have a firewall, just as general relativity requires. So Hawking’s proposal is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
  • Black holes 'do not exist'

    03/31/2005 4:41:46 PM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 84 replies · 3,300+ views
    Nature ^ | 03/31/05 | Philip Ball
    Black holes are staples of science fiction and many think astronomers have observed them indirectly. But according to a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, these awesome breaches in space-time do not and indeed cannot exist. Over the past few years, observations of the motions of galaxies have shown that some 70% the Universe seems to be composed of a strange 'dark energy' that is driving the Universe's accelerating expansion. George Chapline thinks that the collapse of the massive stars, which was long believed to generate black holes, actually leads to the formation of stars that contain...
  • Meet the Indian who took on Stephen Hawking

    08/02/2004 10:16:56 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 97 replies · 5,002+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | August 03, 2004 10:06 IST | Rediff.com
    An Indian theoretical physicist who questioned the existence of black holes and thereby challenged Stephen Hawking of Britain at last feels vindicated. But he is sad. Abhas Mitra, at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, was perhaps the first and the only scientist who had the guts to openly challenge Hawking of Cambridge University who is regarded by many as the modern-day Einstein. For over 30 years Hawking and his followers were perpetuating the theory that black holes -- resulting from gravitational collapse of massive stars -- destroy everything that falls into them preventing even light or information...
  • Stephen Hawking stuns physicists by declaring ‘there are no black holes’—says there are GREY ones

    01/25/2014 12:03:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:59 EST, 24 January 2014 | Mark Prigg
    Stephen Hawking has shocked physicists by admitting “there are no black holes”. In a paper published online, Professor Hawking instead argues there are “grey holes”. “The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes—in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity,” he says in the paper, called Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting For Black Holes.He says that the idea of an event horizon, from which light cannot escape, is flawed. He suggests that instead light rays attempting to rush away from the black hole’s core will be held as though stuck on a...
  • The Bill Arrives for Cosmology's Free Lunch (NASA Should Be Islam's PR Firm)

    01/20/2014 7:16:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Evolutionary News and Views ^ | January 20, 2014 | Denyse O'Leary
    ID theorists say that information is the foundation of the universe. Others say matter is. Our choice of who to believe will shape our future. First, suppose the materialists are right. If materialism (naturalism) is simply true, because everything comes down to matter in the end, what future might we expect? Stephen Hawking insists in a recent interview that "Science will win." If we take his current non-realist views seriously, science as we have known it is finished and there is nothing to win. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything shuts down. Some projects will continue as if immortal...
  • MLA Israeli Boycott Falls

    01/13/2014 11:47:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Modern Language Association (MLA) 2014 convention in Chicago, delegates defeated a resolution to boycott Israel akin to one proposed by the American Studies Association (ASA), which had put forward an academic boycott this past year with the public support of Stephen Hawking. At the MLA, though, the delegate convention failed to pass a resolution to support an academic boycott in a fairly close vote, as reported by Inside Higher Ed. Instead, the MLA delegates passed a resolution to ask the U.S. State Department to consider a boycott of Israel for occupying Palestinian territories. This was a far cry...
  • Scientist and Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking Wanders as he Wonders in a New TV Series

    08/03/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 3, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Looks like were all going to be “treated” to a new series on the Discovery Channel wherein British Physicist Stephen Hawking will ponder theological and philosophical questions. A rather strange thing for a scientist to do actually.I have no doubt that Stephen Hawking is a fine, even a brilliant scientist and theoretical physicist. But science has a limit, a limit rightly imposed on itself, which explores the physical world using empirical and evidential models that do not go beyond the physically observable world. Scientists, even theoretical physicists, do well who recognize their sphere, their field. And most scientists are quite...
  • We don’t let animals suffer, says Prof. Stephen Hawking as he backs assisted suicide

    09/17/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:05PM BST 17 Sep 2013 | Claire Duffin
    Professor Stephen Hawking, the scientist, has given his backing to the legalization of assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Prof. Hawking, 71, who has motor neuron disease, said, “We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?” In an interview, he said he believed those who helped loved ones die should escape prosecution if they were suffering from a terminal illness and in pain. … “But there must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life, and they are not being pressurized into it or have it done without their knowledge and consent, as would have been...
  • Girl, 11, has higher IQ than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking

    08/09/2013 10:53:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/09/2013
    Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell playing chess at her home in Northampton (Picture: SWNS) An 11-year-old girl has become one of the smartest people in the UK by getting the maximum score on a Mensa IQ test – higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell, from Northampton, scored a mind-blowing 162 on the Cattell B scale.The schoolgirl sat the supervised test with her father Dean, 45, who is already a member of the elite intelligence club with an IQ of 142.Her father, who is a lawyer, came out of the test thinking Cerys had ‘fluffed it’ because of the speed at which...
  • Stephen Hawking accused of hypocrisy over Israel conference boycott

    05/09/2013 7:06:21 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 12 replies
    Guardian via Drudge ^ | Wednesday 8 May 2013 | Harriet Sherwood
    Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott an Israeli conference in protest at the state's 46-year occupation of Palestine was derided as hypocritical by some, who pointed out that the celebrated scientist and author uses Israeli technology in the computer equipment that allows him to function. Hawking, 71, has suffered from motor neurone disease for the past 50 years, and relies on a computer-based system to communicate. According to Shurat HaDin, an Israel law centre which represents victims of terrorism, the equipment has been provided by the hi-tech firm, Intel, since 1997. "Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite...
  • British professor calls for Israel boycott despite using Israeli Intel computer chips

    05/08/2013 5:33:18 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    yourjewishnews ^ | May 8, 2013 | David Ross
    A British professor was caught red handed with Israeli products after calling for a boycott against Israel, according to a statement released by an International human rights organization. "Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite hypocritical for an individual who prides himself on his own intellectual accomplishment. His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet" – this according to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel...
  • Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

    05/08/2013 4:42:13 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5/7/13 | Harriet Sherwood, Matthew Kalman
    Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president's conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres's 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to...
  • Stephen Hawking, Useful Idiot

    05/08/2013 11:41:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.8.13 | AARON GOLDSTEIN
    Stephen Hawking might be amongst the most brilliant minds the world has ever produced, but when it comes to Palestinian propaganda he is a typical academic. In short, he is a useful idiot.
  • Hawking Confirms He is Boycotting Israel

    05/08/2013 4:17:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/5/13 | Elad Benari
    British physicist Stephen Hawking has confirmed that he will not be attending the Presidential Conference in Israel because he is joining an academic boycott of the Jewish state. The University of Cambridge released a statement late Wednesday saying that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott." Earlier, the university said that news reports saying Hawking was boycotting the conference were wrong, and that the noted physicist's decision to cancel his visit to Israel stemmed from health reasons alone. .....
  • BDS lied about Stephen Hawking joining anti-Israel academic boycott

    05/08/2013 6:02:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 5-8-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The academic boycott of Israel organized by the BDS movement claimed a big success when the Guardian ran an article yesterday, Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel. That report set off a furious response, since the academic boycott of Israel is anathema to almost all academics. In the U.S., only the disreputable actions of the Association of Asian American Studies, led by U. Mass-Boston Professor and Associate Provost Rajini Srikanth, have given any legitimacy to the boycott. The boycott, which singles out only Israel, attracts open and de facto anti-Semites and those in the leftist-Islamist coalition who seek Israel’s...
  • Israelis furious over Stephen Hawking’s conference pullout over Palestinian boycott call

    05/08/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 05/08/2013 | Patrick Martin
    British physicist Stephen Hawking has announced he is withdrawing from a leading Israeli conference in deference to a Palestinian call to boycott this and other Israeli events. The decision by Prof. Hawking, who was to have been a key speaker at the Israeli Presidential Conference next month in Jerusalem, has infuriated conference organizers and delivered one of the biggest names yet to the ranks of the growing international campaign to boycott Israel. It also has drawn the enormous attention of Israelis themselves. By the end of the day Wednesday in Israel, items related to Prof. Hawking’s announcement were the number...
  • Stephen Hawking lays out case for Big Bang without God

    04/19/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 160 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/19/2013 | Rod Pyle
    PASADENA, Calif. — Our universe didn't need any divine help to burst into being, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking told a packed house here at the California Institute of Technology Tuesday night. Many people had begun queuing up for free tickets to Hawking's 8:00 p.m lecture, titled "The Origin of the Universe," 12 hours earlier. By 6:00 p.m. local time, the line was about a quarter-mile long. A second auditorium and a Jumbotron-equipped lawn, which itself was jammed with an estimated 1,000 viewers, were needed to handle the crowd. At least one person was observed offering $1,000 for a ticket, with...
  • Hawking Gives Humans 1,000 Years to Escape Earth

    04/12/2013 8:55:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies
    VOA ^ | 4/11/13
    Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warns that humans will need to go beyond the planet Earth if they are to survive as a species. “We must continue to go into space for humanity,” Hawking told a gathering this week in Los Angeles, California. “We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet.” Hawking, 71, has long been a proponent of space exploration. Speaking at a 2008 ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. space agency, NASA, Hawking called for a new era in human space exploration, comparable, he said, to the European voyages to the New World more...
  • Stephen Hawking Joins Anti-Robot Apocalypse Think Tank

    01/09/2013 3:18:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Fast Company.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | By Neal Ungerleider|
    Stephen Hawking, who turns 71 today, has joined the board of an international think tank devoted to defending humanity from futuristic threats. The Cambridge Project for Existential Risk is a newly founded organization which researches existential threats to humanity such as extreme climate change, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, artificial
  • Enigma hero Alan Turing “should be pardoned for historic gay conviction”, says Stephen Hawking

    12/15/2012 3:23:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:51 EST, 14 December 2012 | Sean O’Hare
    A man credited with saving thousands of lives during World War Two should be posthumously pardoned for his historic conviction, Professor Stephen Hawking has said. Codebreaker Alan Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 following his relationship with another man, and killed himself two years later. Hawking is among a group of scientists who have written to the Daily Telegraph asking for the conviction to be overturned for Turing, who is considered to be the father of the modern computer and key in cracking the enigma code. … The letter comes after Lord Sharkey, a Liberal Democrat peer and...
  • Stephen Hawking Explains Spontaneous Creation in Discovery Channel Series

    08/04/2011 2:02:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies · 2+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2011 | Fionna Agomuoh |
    Stephen Hawking is squaring off with God, saying that God did not have a hand in creating the universe and that the "laws of science" can explain how the universe created itself from nothing. In the premiere episode of The Discovery Channel’s latest series "Curiosity," set for Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, Hawking takes on the question: "Is There a Creator?" Hawking, who has done extensive research on several contentious topics such as time travel, parallel universes and black holes, says that God was not necessary for the creation of the universe. He proposes that it is possible that the...
  • Is Physicist Stephen Hawking Overrated?

    07/28/2011 4:01:05 PM PDT · by kathsua · 63 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/28/11 | reasonmclucus
    Professor Stephen Hawking's support for the global warming myth raises doubts about his knowledge of physics. Professor Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" is one of the books I would like to reread if I could find the time. However, after learning that he supports the global warming myth I would read the book a little more critically than I did the first time. Hawking says he's concerned about earth becoming as hot as Venus, but the alleged "greenhouse effect" cannot explain temperatures on Venus as I noted in my previous post. Venus Not an Example of Greenhouse Gas...
  • 8 Shocking Things We Learned from Stephen Hawking's Book (The Grand Design)

    11/12/2010 1:18:50 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 81 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 4, 2010 | Live Science
    From the idea that our universe is one among many, to the revelation that mathematician Pythagoras didn't actually invent the Pythagorean theorem, here are eight shocking things we learned from reading physicist Stephen Hawking's new book, "The Grand Design," written with fellow physicist Leonard Mlodinow of Caltech. This book, covering major questions about the nature and origin of the universe, was released Sept. 7 by its publisher, Bantam. 1. The past is possibility According to Hawking and Mlodinow, one consequence of the theory of quantum mechanics is that events in the past that were not directly observed did not happen...
  • Blinded with 'science' - Atheist's worst nightmare takes apart Hawking's 'design' flaws

    09/25/2010 8:00:30 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 99 replies
    WND ^ | September 24, 2010
    God didn't create the universe, Stephen Hawking says in his latest book, "A Grand Design." Rather, the renowned physicist writes, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Everything – created from nothing? The assertion begged a reply from the author of "Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution." "It is embarrassingly unscientific to speak of anything creating itself from nothing," said Ray Comfort, a best-selling author and acclaimed minister who's confronted and confounded some of the world's most accomplished atheists. "Common sense says that if something possessed the...
  • Much Ado About “Nothing”: Stephen Hawking and the Self-Creating Universe

    09/12/2010 7:43:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    First Things ^ | 09/12/2010 | Stephen Barr
    Has physics done away with God? A newly release book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow says, “Yes.” What is a Jewish or Christian believer to make of this? Is the Creator now out of a job? The short answer is (unsurprisingly) no: the ideas propounded in Hawking’s book constitute no threat whatever to the Jewish and Christian doctrine of Creation. The idea that Hawking is now touting is not new—in fact, within the fast-moving world of modern physics it is fairly old. My first introduction to it was reading a very elegant theoretical paper entitled “Creation of Universes from...
  • As a scientist I'm certain Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can't explain the universe without God

    09/07/2010 7:22:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/07/2010 | Prof. John Lennox
    There's no denying that Stephen Hawking is intellectually bold as well as physically heroic. And in his latest book, the renowned physicist mounts an audacious challenge to the traditional religious belief in the divine creation of the universe. According to Hawking, the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being. The Big Bang, he argues, was the inevitable consequence of these laws 'because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.' Unfortunately, while Hawking's argument is being hailed as...
  • Ben Stein Exposes Richard Dawkins (Dawkins admits possibility of ID, Just Not God).

    04/21/2008 7:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 691 replies · 1,090+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 21, 2008 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In Ben Stein's new film "Expelled," there is a great scene where Richard Dawkins is going on about how evolution explains everything. This is part of Dawkins' grand claim, which echoes through several of his books, that evolution by itself has refuted the argument from design. The argument from design hold that the design of the universe and of life are most likely the product of an intelligent designer. Dawkins thinks that Darwin has disproven this argument. So Stein puts to Dawkins a simple question, "How did life begin?" One would think that this is a question that could be...
  • Doomsday clock is ticking towards midnight, say scientists

    01/16/2007 5:25:43 AM PST · by Schnucki · 38 replies · 1,208+ views
    Times Online ^ | Jan. 15, 2007 | David Byers
    The End of the World is closer than at any time since the Cold War, a group of scientists is set to declare this week. The keepers of a symbolic Doomsday Clock - a world-famous symbol designed by the US-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to chart how close we are to Armaggedon - have announced they are moving its hands forward. According to the University of Chicago-based organisation, worsening climate change and the increasing threat of nuclear war are threatening our survival. The clock's hands will be moved forward next Wednesday. The clock, which has appeared on the Bulletin of...
  • The Genesis Machine (Is a revolution in science and religion underway?)

    05/16/2010 12:45:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1,323+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/14/2010 | Noel S. Williams
    Is a revolution in science and religion underway? On 30 March 2010 momentous experiments restarted at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. In one of the coldest places in the universe -- a liquid hydrogen-cooled tunnel 17 miles in circumference and 300 feet below the French-Swiss border -- things were about to go nuclear and then some. Indeed, by April 2010, scientists had already created 10 million mini-Big Bangs. Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are smashing bits of atoms to Kingdom Come. Sub-atomic particles called protons whiz around the tunnel in opposite directions until reaching darn close...
  • How Much Mass Makes a Black Hole?

    08/18/2010 10:06:11 AM PDT · by decimon · 53 replies
    European Southern Observatory ^ | August 18, 2010 | Unknown
    Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, European astronomers have for the first time demonstrated that a magnetar — an unusual type of neutron star — was formed from a star with at least 40 times as much mass as the Sun. The result presents great challenges to current theories of how stars evolve, as a star as massive as this was expected to become a black hole, not a magnetar. This now raises a fundamental question: just how massive does a star really have to be to become a black hole?To reach their conclusions, the astronomers looked in detail at the...
  • Aquinas and the Big Bang

    01/27/2010 10:32:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 415+ views
    CERC.org ^ | November '97 | William E. Carroll
    Aquinas and the Big BangWILLIAM E. CARROLLAquinas would have no difficulty accepting Big Bang cosmology, even with its recent variations, while also affirming the doctrine of creation out of nothing. He would, of course, distinguish between advances in cosmology and the philosophical and theological reflections on these advances. One day a little boy asked his mother where he came from. His mother, pleased to have the opportunity to discuss such an important matter with her son, began by offering an elementary account of human biology, even introducing some references to the theory of evolution. Lest she restrict her analysis to...
  • The self-made universe (Paul Davis tries to explain the fine-tuned universe without God)

    06/20/2009 10:04:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1,455+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/20/2009
    Why does the universe seem so fine-tuned for the emergence of life – including intelligent life capable of asking that “why” question? Believers simply say that God did it, while scientists are trying to come up with complicated extradimensional multiverse theories to explain our lucky break. Theoretical physicist Paul Davies takes a completely different tack in a new book titled "Cosmic Jackpot." He argues that the cosmos has made itself the way it is, stretching backward in time to the very beginning to focus in on “bio-friendliness.” Davies admits that the idea has theological overtones - but that's nothing new...