Stephen Hawking and the misanthropy of environmentalists

Stephen Hawking marked his 75th birthday last weekend by giving a talk at Cambridge University and being interviewed by the BBC. His huge media profile notwithstanding, Hawking, a theoretical cosmologist, is still well respected among the scientific community. Even where his theories, such as those on the Big Bang and the origins of the universe, are disputed, his research is taken seriously.

This was the perfect opportunity to look back on his life’s work. But, instead, Hawking took the opportunity to warn us about the catastrophe he thinks will ensue following Brexit and Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s more common than you think. Experts in one field believe themselves to be experts in all fields. William Schockley became a racist dabbling in eugenics. Linus Pauling espoused the consumption of massive quantities of vitamin C as a cure all. To say nothing of Hollywood luminaries and political journalists like the NYT Frank Rich, the former food and theater critic.

    • occupant 9

      Or, in the case of Hawkings, he might just be a total nutjob Marxist that is crushed that Trump isn’t Obama, and read the agreement and said, “WTF?”

      All the Paris agreement aspired to do was deplete the USA of wealth and freedom and Hawkings might agree completely with the theft of every future, possession and person … y’know, for the hypothetical greater good.

      • Clausewitz

        Can you prove to us that Hawking is really making the statements or is this another scam where severely autistic children were talking to their parents as support workers just “helped” them with a letter board?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Two words:
          Clever Hans!

        • trespasserswill

          I can’t help feeling that scepticism myself. We have no way of knowing whether Hawking still has the capacity to make any statements of his own volition.

    • Clausewitz

      The process of attaining your PhD is that of learning more and more about less and less. I’ve seen this in personal experience. Most dissertations are based upon obscure hypothesis’. Mine was on the use of acid rain for defining metallic vectors in east coast prospecting scenarios. Three years of research on something that no one cares about or has a clue about.

  • DJ

    I’m still flummoxed on how an earpiece with a microphone reads his mind and translates it into perfect English in real time. I can’t even get my voice-to-text to work properly.

    • Millie_Woods

      Try drooling into the mic like he does.

    • Exile1981

      i thought he had a key pad as well.

      • DJ

        He has Lou Gehrig’s disease, he hasn’t had neuromuscular function in decades. Though CERN says he uses his thumbs–just amazed at the dexterity:
        https://youtu.be/IGorZafXOFY

  • Martin B

    Another inspired ‘shop, BCF.

  • Millie_Woods

    Twenty five years ago I thought Hawking was touched by God. Now it’s gotten to the point that I don’t consider something ‘utter shit’ until he endorses it. One of us has changed.

  • Dana Garcia

    I didn’t know tribbles had captains.

    I learn so much on this blog.

  • Watchman
  • Loxi Yim

    Sorry, for the potential confusion because of my mishap. My previous post was a direct response to “Hard Little Machine”