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Q: Now he has all the answers. ..RIP Dr Hawking

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He passed away on the pie day. 

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I saw a quote from him today basically saying he thinks the idea of an afterlife is a fairy tale.

 

If he was wrong he'll be saying "shit, what do you know" to himself now and reveling in all the answers he now has. If he was right then he's just been turned off for good and that's it for his mind and he won't be getting any more answers.

 

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Weird,,, I was just thinking about him the other day. He's always who I think about when I start whining. He's a helluva lot stronger than I could ever have been.

 

______RIP Professor Braniac 

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The world is much dumber today

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He passed away on the pie day. 

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Indeed Phil. Now he knows, or just does not exist and does not know he does not exist.

I made a point to tell my daughter of his passing today. The wife said I was daft.

I told the wife, in 50 years time our daughter will be proud that she can tell the youngsters that she walked on the earth at the same time as Professor Hawkins.

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NYT Obituary:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/obituaries/stephen-hawking-dead.html?...

 

He celebrated his 60th birthday by going up in a hot-air balloon. The same week, he also crashed his electric-powered wheelchair while speeding around a corner in Cambridge, breaking his leg.

In April 2007, a few months after his 65th birthday, he took part in a zero-gravity flight aboard a specially equipped Boeing 727, a padded aircraft that flies a roller-coaster trajectory to produce fleeting periods of weightlessness. It was a prelude to a hoped-for trip to space with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company aboard SpaceShipTwo.

Asked why he took such risks, Dr. Hawking said:

“I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”

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I think Theresa May can make mention of Stephen Hawking's death in the context of the spy killings. Point out that western civilization is still defined by the open society and culture of intellectual achievement it nurtures and attracts. Despite all the hack attacks, political influences and promotion of hateful white-trashionalist ideologies, Western society is still expansive and strong. It does not need to threaten and kill spies' families to enforce power through a system of fear and hate. Ever since the Cold War era brain drain, the East has known how the West attracts the best and brightest.
Russia may be a strong superpower with nuclear capabilities, but moral authority is not earned through that path. Even the Russian people will find it hard to rationalise the provocations, wrongness and cheating of its government.

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Or maybe he has no answers at all.... Maybe all he has now is more questions....

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I just read somewhere that he was born on the 300th anniversary of Gallileo's death.

 

 

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-16/stephen-hawking-doomsday-proph...

 

Below is an interesting article which looks at five of Hawking's doomsday predictions as collated by Qt.com.au:

WE NEED an exit strategy. Fast.

From global warming to artificial intelligence, Professor Stephen Hawking made a number of terrifying predictions about the apocalyptic threats facing humanity.

The celebrated late scientist said humanity is at a "tipping point", and that our best bet will be to leave Earth completely.

Here are five main factors he said are contributing to the end of the world.

- NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY

- DONALD TRUMP

- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

- DEATH BY FIREBALL

- ASTEROID STRIKES

 

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/421654-stephen-hawking-multiverse-theory/

 

Physicist Stephen Hawking has reportedly left behind a final research paper that could provide the key to finding parallel universes. The paper was completed on his deathbed, according to reports.

The world-famous physicist died at his home in Cambridge earlier this week at the age of 76. He left behind a final scientific paper, which reportedly presents the theoretical basis for how a space probe could search the cosmos for evidence of a ‘multiverse’ – a theoretical multitude of universes that exist alongside our own.

READ MORE: Scientists find odd bright spots, could be another universe bumping into ours

“This was Stephen: to boldly go where Star Trek fears to tread,” Thomas Hertog, a professor of theoretical physics at KU Leuven University in Belgium and the paper’s co-author, told the Sunday Times“He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it. Now he never can.”

The paper’s title, ‘A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation,’ refers to an element of Hawking’s ‘no-boundary’ theory, in which he proposed that our universe expanded from a tiny point after the Big Bang. His theory suggests the Big Bang that produced our universe was just one of an infinite number of Big Bangs, each producing their own universe.

This infinity, according to Hertog, made the whole idea impossible to verify through experiments. The new paper aims to make the multiverse easier to grasp, turning it into “a testable scientific framework.” The research is now reportedly under review by a leading journal.

This infinity, according to Hertog, made the whole idea impossible to verify through experiments. The new paper aims to make the multiverse easier to grasp, turning it into “a testable scientific framework.” The research is now reportedly under review by a leading journal.

Hawking was considered a visionary in his field and made many startling predictions about the future of mankind, namely that humans could soon be replaced by artificial intelligence.

Hawking suffered from motor neurone disease since 1964. He was confined to a wheelchair for much of his life and was dependent on a computerized voice system to speak. His book, ‘A Brief History of Time,’ was published in 1988 and has since sold over 10 million copies.

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/31/stephen-hawking-funeral-...

 

Stephen Hawking: crowds line streets of Cambridge for physicist's funeral

Service is being held at church near Gonville and Caius College, physicist’s academic home for 52 years

The actor Eddie Redmayne gave a reading at the funeral of Prof Stephen Hawking, as well-wishers lined the streets and applause broke out as the renowned physicist’s coffin was carried into the church.

Redmayne, who played Hawking in the 2014 biographical drama The Theory of Everything, was among 500 guests invited to the University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. He gave a biblical reading at the service and the astronomer royal Martin Rees also spoke.

Guests seen arriving at the service included the model and Cambridge University graduate Lily Cole, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May and comedian Dara Ó Briain, who made a documentary about Hawking.

The renowned British physicist died peacefully at his Cambridge home on 14 March at the age of 76.

The church bell tolled 76 times, once for each year of Hawking’s life, as the solid oak coffin adorned with floral tributes arrived in a hearse.

A round of applause spontaneously broke out as Hawking’s coffin was carried into the church by six porters from Cambridge University’s Gonville and Caius College, where he was a fellow for 52 years.

Family members of the cosmologist, including his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim, followed the coffin into the church.

 

Robert Hawking, Hawking’s eldest child, delivered a eulogy. The service was officiated by the Rev Dr Cally Hammond, dean of Gonville and Caius College.

The flags of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and University College, Oxford are flying at half-mast in honour of Hawking.

In a statement before the funeral, Hawking’s children said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude to all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence.

Stephen Hawking, an appreciation: ‘He had an unquenchable zest for life’ 

“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.”

The funeral was followed by a private reception at Trinity College.

Hawking’s ashes will be interred close to the remains of Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey on 15 June. A book of condolence for Hawking remains open at Gonville and Caius College, and an online book has also been set up.

 

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