Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

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Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby Kusala » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:06 am

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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby BlackBird » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:20 am

Interestingly, the article fails to mention why Steven Hawking feels we only have 1000 years to get off this planet, or indeed why we need to, besides mentioning that it's fragile.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby manas » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:54 am



Space exploration has however been struggling with the global financial crisis and has too proven subject to spending cuts. In particular NASA's planetary science budget, which is seen as crucial to finding habitable planets, was slashed by $300 million this year.


(An imaginary conversation in a boardroom somewhere)

"Please, sir, I would like a few billion to explore space; one day it could help ensure the survival of the human race." "What? You're not living in the real world. Don't you know we are in an economic crisis here?"

Next chap: "Please, sir, could we have 1,000 billion of taxpayers' dollars to go to foreign countries, kill millions of soldiers and civilians, blast their infrastructure back to the stone age, and generally leave the place in ruins?" "No need to ask, of course you can!"

There is no shortage of money or resources. If we stopped killing each other and worked together, we could have a settlement on Mars within a decade or two. It would be a good first step to further exploration of space.

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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:54 am

Leave the planet? The cost would be astronomical (pardon the pun). Why not just correct the problems we have here?

To use an analogy, it would be like a super-messy-hoarder deciding to move to another apartment or house after getting fed up with the clutter. Refusing to address the problems, the person would continue with the same defilements and clutter the new place.

Or as another person I know likes to say, 'changing the oven to try and make the food taste better'.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:55 am

When people become very famous for using their intelligence in one particular area, the media have a tendency to treat everything they say as being worthy of consideration. It happened with Einstein and Bertrand Russell, and happens today to some extent with Richard Dawkins.

I gather that Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist of some note, but this doesn't in itself mean he knows anything much about the long-term viability of the planet.

Let's have a symposium consisting of Hawking, George Soros, Garry Kasparov, and Mark Zuckerberg. Then I will decide whether to build a rocket in my back garden.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:09 pm

Don't forget to invite Voltaire to your symposium. Then instead of building a rocket in your back garden you might decide just to cultivate your garden.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:30 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Don't forget to invite Voltaire to your symposium. Then instead of building a rocket in your back garden you might decide just to cultivate your garden.


Indeed, Bhante, I am already doing just that. But it is always possible that the universe sacrifices a planet from time to time pour encourager les autres, so I am keeping an open mind...
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby alan » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:47 pm

Don't know why he chose a thousand years, but humans will eventually have to find another place to live.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby Mindstar » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:37 pm

I predict...
in 1000 years buddhists will live on a remote forest planet...

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that is to be kept or lost.. Therefore his mind dwells in goodwill and gentle kindness
towards all beings until he falls asleep.
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Re: Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth

Postby PadmaPhala » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:30 am

what a nice, round, scientific number =)
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