Stephen Hawking Passed Away Today At The Age Of 76

Submitted by: normalfreak2 10 months ago in Lifestyle Misc News & Politics Science Tech
One of the greatest thinkers of our time died today.  The world lost a great mind today.  Let's take this time to heed the warnings and celebrate the minds like Professor Hawking.  

Here's some quotes from the man himself


  • On black holes: "Einstein was wrong when he said, 'God does not play dice'. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen" - The Nature Of Space And Time, published 1996
  • On the reason why the universe exists: "If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God" - A Brief History Of Time, published 1988
  • On God: "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going" - The Grand Design, published 2010
  • On humanity: "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special" - Interview in Der Spiegel, October 1988
  • On commercial success: "I want my books sold on airport bookstalls"- Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On life: "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away" - Interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, June 2010
  • On fame: "The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognised. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away" - Interview on Israeli TV, December 2006
  • On living with a disability: "My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit, as well as physically" - Interview in the New York Times, May 2011
  • On an imperfect world: "Without imperfection, you or I would not exist" - On Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking, the Discovery Channel, 2010
  • On staying cheerful: "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny" - Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On euthanasia: "The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope"- Quoted in People's Daily Online, June 2006
  • On artificial intelligence: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate... Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded" - Interview with the BBC, December 2014
  • On the possibility of contact between humans and aliens: "I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low" - In Naked Science: Alien Contact, the National Geographic Channel, 2004
  • On space colonies: "I don't think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars" - Interview in the Daily Telegraph, October 2001
  • On the end of the universe: ""It will take about a thousand million million million million years for the Earth to run into the sun, so there's no immediate cause for worry!" - A Brief History Of Time, published 1988
  • On being diagnosed with motor neurone disease: "My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus" - Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On death: "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first." - Interview in the Guardian, May 2011
There are 61 comments:
Male 724
He was (and still is) my hero.
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Male 5,887
Not mine, hear it on the radio this morning.  gerry1of1 this is right up your alley.  Definitely on the blue side of comedy, but seeing how Hawking had a wonderful sense of humor, I think I'll post it:

Lou Gehrig:  I'm going to live to the age of 37 with this disease
Stephen Hawking:  Hold my beer...
Lou Gehrig:  I can't

I'll see myself out ------->
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Male 46,093
kalron27   tactless. tasteless. Flip, irreverent, and even rude..... You make me proud!
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Male 9,691
kalron27 badabump /rimshot
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Male 146
Not only is it international Pi day it's also Einstein's birthday.
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Male 13,505
He was a good scientist, but unfortunately he was wrong about God.
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Male 724
monkwarrior Unfortunatly for you, he is right about god.we don't need one,they cause too much trouble.Just ask a christian or a muslim.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr unfortunately, for you, you're wrong, as usual.
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Male 724
monkwarrior Prove it.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr Holy Bible holds the truth of God's word (who does the proving to you), and the evidence of testimony
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Male 724
monkwarrior See, that's where we differ. There is more proof of U.F.O's than there is of this "god" you speak of.Gods are for fools.
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Male 13,505
zeegrr Yes, that is where we differ, as i understand there is far more evidence of testimony for God than there is testimony for UFOs, Lochness Monster, and Bigfoot combined.  The difference is that the testimony for God leads people to find Him, whereas the evidence for UFO's, leprechauns, lockness monsters, bigfoot, don't lead people to find them, as much as you think they are valid

So yes, we differ in that area, as i have seen the evidence of God and understand He is a part of reality, while you have ignored the evidence of God, and have to demand He is not real.  In all honestly i'm glad i'm not close minded like that though.
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Male 724
monkwarrior You believe in God, go right ahead...you will never know you're wrong.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr Keep ignoring the evidence (or moving the goalposts on it), go right ahead, you'll know you're wrong in due time.
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Male 724
monkwarrior No, I'm not. Show some proof.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr The evidence of testimony is available to you here:  https://www.BibleGateway.com  
Go study!
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Male 724
monkwarrior Dude, stop doing whatever drugs you're doing. It's killing your brain

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Male 13,505
zeegrr your denial of evidence, which you need to apply the moving the goalpost fallacy, is killing yours.
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Male 724
monkwarrior You are an idiot. Bye now.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr You're already your own judgment.  goodbye
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Male 1,124
monkwarrior you can make some funny jokes sometimes. 
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Male 1,961
bearbear01 Don't fuckin' fall for it. It's low quality bait.
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Male 1,124
marsii no worries. Saw it all within five posts and measured in 30. 
And here, he didn't get it, which was joke number four. 
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Male 13,505
bearbear01 Most people who don't study religion in depth often fail to understand it.
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Male 724
monkwarrior Most people who follow religion fail to understand reality.

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Male 13,505
zeegrr In reality most people who reject the lessons of religion fail to understand the reality of God.
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Male 46,093
monkwarrior Many people who do study religion in depth turn atheist.
Knowledge is power.
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 Perhaps some do, but more people come to understand the true religion: Love.  As you said, knowledge is power.  But don't think ignorance is anything powerful, it's simply a fools bravado.  In fact, i have yet to see an atheist discuss or debate the topic of religion with anything more than a superficial understanding of them. 
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Male 46,093
monkwarrior I don't doubt you've studied, but you're not typical I think. Studies show Atheists know more about bible/religion than the faithful.
Here's a study from Pew Research Centre, a religious site.  And here's a study from NPR also showing atheists and agnostics know more than the faithful about their faith .
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 I strongly disagree.  I have yet to find a single atheist who knows more about the bible or religion than i or many others do.  As mentioned, I've found most of their understanding is more superficial than actually understanding the depths of it.

I've seen those reports and the study, however my own observations have led me to begin accepting that there may not be a single atheist who understands the bible or religion as it is intended: to find faith in God, and to live by love.
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Male 46,093
monkwarrior    Has it ever crossed your mind that knowledgeable atheists don't want to hang out with you?  Nothing personal, just lack of commonality 
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 I have considered that, which is why i look across the internet.  I have still yet to find a single atheist  who understands the bible or religion as it is intended: to find faith in God, and to live by love. I figured with something as vast as the internet i would have found one by now.  But i fully am open to the possibility that such an atheist may have chosen to not use the internet, or remain silent.  However, i find it to be a more unlikely scenario as the years pass.  Still i'm not closed off to the possibility.
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Male 46,093
monkwarrior   The phrase "as it is intended" is telling. Sounds as though if someone comes to a different conclusion than how you, or your teachers think it was "intended" then they are wrong.   "Intended" indicates open for interpretation.  Therein lies the basic flaw.... no one can have a definitive answer because everyone's interpretation is correct....to them
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 Let me rephrase: "As God intended"
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Male 1,124
monkwarrior your joke was actually quite complex. You made four jokes with two statements, in your first message. Anyway, it was funny. 
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Male 13,505
bearbear01 if you say so
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Male 46,093
Found this online..... I like it

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Male 46,093
Just Stephen Hawking, Einstein, & Newton hanging out in Heaven.

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Male 1,961
I read a brief history of time in high school. As a scientist I respect him quite a lot. I respect him even more as a man when I think on it.
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Male 1,124
They go when we need them the most. May you live forever!
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Male 885
Nonsense, I hear so many people say...

And yet he may still be right about black holes. If time slows, and light can't escape, then an observer farther away would see that. They would see light being gathered and throttled. They would be able to turn away from it before it was too late. Or they may not. We don't know yet.

It took a mind like his to consider that. His loss is like a black hole. Our advancement is slowed by his loss. Our theories, and speculation, and progress without him are something we can see from afar... And something we are so eager to turn away from. A man who could do little else but consider the universe because of his disabilities. He was a computer, trapped in a box because of his frail body, but with the emotional depth and creative thought of a man.

He may have been wrong about some things. He may have been wrong about everything. But he gave humanity direction. He gave us avenues of theories to test, even before they were testable. He pointed at the stars, and said go that way... And we are going to take centuries to follow.

Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning.

Rest in peace.
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Male 418
"A Brief History of Time" opened up a completely new view of the world for me.  Very few people are able to peel back new layers outside of what humans intuitively assume about the world, but he was one of those precious gems.
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Male 418
boredhuman It must have been an honor to get burned by Hawking.
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Male 46,093
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working
when it's components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife
for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for
people afraid of the dark. "

- Stephen Hawking
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Male 9,691
Gerry1of1 Love that quote.  
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Male 2,568
I guess I won't bother to try posting anymore.
I posted this here roughly 10 hours ago.
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Male 5,341
oobaka I don't think nf2 would scoop ya on purpose. Give it time, we'll see how the new mods work out soon enough.
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Male 46,093
oobaka   The news is just as sad regardless of who tells it
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Male 9,691
oobaka I didn't see it this morning in the submissions or I would have used yours.  
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Male 905
A genius gone. Haiz...
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Male 5,341
Heard about this early this morning, shame, RIP.
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7,047
I've always found Steve Hawking very inspiring. (In spite of all that black hole nonsense)
He had a very demanding work schedule and a debilitating illness and still he was able to step out on his wife and get a  side chick. Steven proved where there's a will there's a way.
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Male 13,425
dm2754 Well not "step" out....
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7,047
holygod lol that's bad. But funny
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Male 5,887
The man, the mind, the machine, the comedian has passed on.  Here's to floating free among the cosmos.  I remember reading A Brief History Of Time and finding that my tiny mostly useless brain could actually comprehend theoretical physics.  Without the use of his real voice, he could somehow relay to everyone the complicated subjects he was able to contemplate endlessly in his mind.

Here are two of my favorite videos about Stephen Hawking

Zero G Hawking
https://www.youtube.com/embed/OCsuHvv_D0s

He even made it as a Rapper :)
https://www.youtube.com/embed/zn7-fVtT16k

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Male 2,194
kalron27 L LOVE that Epic Rap Battle. That and the Martin Luther v. Gandhi are my faves.
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Male 5,887
bliznik  Peele's cadence is spot on for King.
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Male 9,691
kalron27 Indeed
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