Stephen Hawking Warns Humanity: Leave Earth Before the Ruling Class Destroys It

January 20, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
January 20, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited “nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses” as deadly threats to our existence.

Hawking described various “things that could go wrong” to an audience of hundreds attending the first in a series of BBC Reith Lectures, which pertain to research about black holes. He asserted the necessity for colonization of other planets to ensure survival of the human species. According to the BBC, Hawking cautioned:

“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year might be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years.

“By that time, we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.

“However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.”

Though it would seem counterproductive for such a well-respected scientist to decry scientific progress as humanity’s most existential threat, this isn’t the first time Hawking has advised us to exercise caution, as Anti-Media has reported several times. Last summer, the theoretical physicist was among over 1,000 artificial intelligence experts who signed an open letter about the weaponization of robots and the ongoing “military artificial intelligence arms race” among the world’s military powers.

In October of last year, Hawking warned scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) about the potential for the Higgs Boson “God Particle” to initiate catastrophic vacuum decay — the formation of a quantum bubble that expands at the speed of light and could decimate the entire universe. Concern over the automation of the world’s workforce coupled with capitalist greed also earned the scientist’s stern alarm.

In fact, taken collectively, Hawking’s numerous warnings are aimed directly at the careless hubris of the ruling elites and their tendency to act in favor of profit — in a variety of fields — without consideration given to long-term consequences resulting from such hastily implemented projects.

Despite the numerous cautionary scenarios Hawking has proffered, he claims society will likely discover the means to cope.

“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognize the dangers and control them,” he stated. “I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.

“It’s important to ensure that these changes are heading in the right directions. In a democratic society, this means that everyone needs to have a basic understanding of science to make informed decisions about the future.

“So communicate plainly what you are trying to do in science, and who knows, you might even end up understanding it yourself.”

The BBC will broadcast this first lecture with Stephen Hawking on January 26 and February 2. It will also be found online here.

Hawking’s theories, of course, haven’t escaped criticism; yet he does maintain a healthy enthusiasm, which was evidenced in this advice he offered young scientists:

“From my own perspective, it has been a glorious time to be alive and doing research in theoretical physics. There is nothing like the Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.”

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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. If your mind drifts to politicians when reading this rather than our collective existence, you're part of the problem..

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  2. It "drifts" to politicians because that is where we can take back our country to help stop what he is talking about. Bernie wants to stop the very powerful from destroying our world. So, really it isn't politicians, it is just one poltician people are talking about. Learn more. Seek more knowledge. Right now, ignorance is the problem. You seem to not be very educated on this issue. That makes you the biggest part of the problem.

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  3. Nice narsasistic view of things…how about we save the millions of other beings on this planet instead of abandoning them to our shit

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  4. Hawking, please tell us more about how each of our votes matter! Thank you kindly for standing up for humanity while risking credentials, etc.

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  5. You know Bernie would still gladly represent us as a leader even if he didn't get selected for President, maybe he would help us advance alongside whoever does win. He could represent original Grassroots Government.

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  6. Refer to my post. It applies to you too. It does effect the rest of the world! It's the planets "shit" , as you put it.

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  7. Randy Rocker I'm all for Bernie. I've contributed multiple time to his campaign and am very active on his facebook page. My post was in response to Hawking's advice that our spiecies "spreads out to space" . Its narcasistic in the extreme.

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  8. I think thats really logical, just we will be lucky if we don't destroy ourselves slowly or quickly.

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  9. If we had to somehow get everyone on board to make a planetary change, then we would be doomed. BUT…something much grander and less obvious will occur that has nothing to do with short, linear, and narrow thinking. Something beyond our current scope of understanding. And there is nothing we can do to stop it… Our world will never be the same…and all in a seeming moment.

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  10. As long as we learn nothing from our world history nothing will change. By acting as if this small elite group can control us all, we make ourselves victims. The thing is we all are just as guilty for we only dit back and nag and cry while we let them continue to ruin all. There are billions of people on this planet, and we cant even stop a small group? As long as people care more for their own sake as for the sake of this planet, we will go downhill. The day the people stand up together with millions, shall be the day this planet will finally can become to heal again. Make no misstake people. Earth will survive no matter how we rape it, it will be our specie that will be doomed. Oh and leaving earth to start fuck up the rest of the universe? GET REAL.

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  11. Bryan Coleman, did you actually read the article? Not just the title (author's words), but what Hawking actually said? It's not narcissism at all, it's called reality. If we don't kill ourselves, we will colonize space. We just have to figure out how to not kill ourselves.

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  12. Yup sure, take our stupidity and spread it throughout space…. because space needs more destruction and general chaos spread around. If I were an Alien race I would make sure that the human race stayed right where it is when calamity comes a calling.

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  13. What Mr. Hawkings doesn't understand is that by "thinking it through", this alone can make it come to manifest. It we, as a collective conscence want a more peaceful future to live in, for not only those who are living now, but future generations, we need to focuss our minds on the way we desire the future to be like. We are the creators of that which we experience, and it is created by way of the thoughts we choose to dwell upon. 🙂

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  14. He is talking about saving the humans who those choose to collapse. The another planet will also be destroyed, human has no right to live on another, universe is not our property, not for destrying at least!

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  15. Hawking may be the worlds greatest physicist, but he clearly knows very little about biology. We have evolved over billions of years (if you include the complete evolution process) along with all the other life forms to be exactly suited to the exact chemical and physical composition of this planet. For this reason, every new chemical that we create has a high probability of causing disease, because we have not evolved the biological mechanism to process it and dispose of it. The chances of finding another planet with the exact same chemical composition – ie none of the toxic chemicals that will harm us – is so remote as to be ridiculous. Even accepting that we find a planet with the right temperature, abundant water and sunlight etc. Anyone who thinks we can terraform another planet, when we can't even look after the one planet in the universe that is already perfect, is a complete loony.

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  16. The ruling class control the military and media. They're not in power for no reason

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  17. well thats why were not talking about habitable planets or alien species, but colonization of different planets. Creating a livable enviroment for humans on a different planet might be hard, but not impossible. The biggest issue might be transportation of required materials to the location rather the possibility of it occuring.

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  18. Why not destroy the ruling class before the ruling class destroys earth?
    There is approximately 7.1 Billion people on earth, and about 8.7 million species…nobody knows the actual amount of animals or species on earth or in space. Can you Imagine what we could do if we were mindful of this?… considering we are only one of those millions of species! And only one of those species is abusing millions of other species on our earth, for their own convenience…Humans! We as a whole, have to stand up, be more mindful, and look at the big picture….there is no other planet to run off to while leaving the problem behind….life doesnt work like that, you cant run from your problems…and even if their was another planet, you must have a large ego if you believe you (The person with spare time to read all this shit online) will likely be chosen by the people with the ships to get there lol I find it so silly to imply this in any way, we have a responability to own our ignorance and save our planet, there's millions of species relying on us to correct our mistakes, and in another 100 years its estimated 50% of these species will be extinct. WTF are WE ALL as a human race going to do about it? And what are we all as individual contributions to that going to do to make that change real! 🙂

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  19. Randy Rocker That's what every person who ever got excited about (yet another) political candidate has said prior to you. What makes you guess it will be different this time around? PS. I'm not American; so don't care about US political theatre.

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  20. Beata Berke What kind of life would that be? Having to live in a hermetically sealed bubble and having to wear a space suit to go outside. Because that is the only way humans could survive on any other planet. And as I said, terraforming is impossible if we can't even maintain the right conditions on the planet that was originally perfect. If we do manage to figure out how to terraform – firstly it is likely to take millions of years to complete, and secondly, why not just terraform planet Earth?

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  21. There's going to come a point where this planet is so over populated that even if the human race makes every correct choice right now and for the next millenia concerning our environment, there simply won't be enough resources for every human to have any sort of life. Not enough places to erect homes, not enough energy sources, not enough food to keep everyone fed. It's simply not sustainable in the long term.

    I'm not saying that we should ignore this planet and leave it to waste, but I am saying that the human race MUST make the appropriate preparations in order to lay the foundations for the future of humanity. Earth must be protected, but eventually there will be no more room for more humans.

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  22. David Salter A bit arrogant to assume that Hawking knows little about biology. That sentence in itself discredits everything that you said. You are debatting with yourself by assuming that whatever you are thinking, Hawking did not think about it. When thinking is the man's forte. I'm looking for your achievements and contributions online to compare to Hawking's. Could you help me?

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  23. Its gonna take years to create an interstellar spaceship that can travel almost at the speed of light

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  24. Adley Glémaud My IQ is only 5 points less than Hawking. What's yours, to be making such an assertion?

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  25. Ouf… You seem so full of yourself to compare yourself to Hawking. Is your IQ supposed to answer my comment about you ASSUMING (When you assume, you make an ASS of you … ) that what you are thinking about, you think Hawking did not? To respond by commenting on your IQ, i'm leaving this conversation to Donald Trump. But please do go on about your IQ. Can you also prove what you are asserting about you being more intelligent than Hawking, any books that you've written or any essays about what you are advancing. Myself on the other hand, I am just an artist who's passionate about life and its miracles.

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  26. There are enough problems on this earth. Let this be completely destroyed. Let us all start over with whatever we become.

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  27. Adley Glémaud I don't claim to be as smart as Hawking, as I said my IQ is 5 points LESS, but I am no dummy either. But to think that an online search of my name to see how many books I have written or what I have achieved is in any way a reliable test of my ability to think, really does show us who the dummy is.

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  28. Vladimir Kosonofv Where do you get your facts from? The earth is extremely sustainable, but it isnt possible for it to sustain human ignorance. But I do agree, we need to become aware, and prepare for the future of humanity. But to say there will be no room left, or energy sources, is to not consider all of the basis that can be brought to the table to change the fate of humanity. I understand what you are saying, but I feel you are not seeing all of the possabilities and outcomes! Sure, we could over-populate, but the way we are doing things now, there will be a lot more dying than surviving. And if we change the way we are doing things, maybe get rid of some corruption and greed and on so many levels…It will take a long time to actually be implemented, it could mean a storm before the calm. But it could also mean the survival of all species, and not just human beings….because I personally care about humanity, but I care more about our earth. And if my species is to ignorant to appreciate or fight for all life on this earth and only selfishly concern themselves with themselves now that the earth is in crisis and needs our help( but even then, are not concerned with the right things that can actually help)….we created this mess, all of us, so what will we do about it? It isnt right to say it just isnt possible..or to sit back and hope someone else will say something or educate themselves….Hasnt history taught us enough…anything and everything is possible!!! And "what if" is a question that holds back everyone in fear but can also inspire an entire world!

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  29. Adley Glémaud Here's my thought process: Hawking comes from the field of physics, where science is done properly and to a high standard, and where the peer review of published studies means that experiments are duplicated for the purpose of verification. Biology, on the other hand, is a different world completely. Studies in the biological sciences, such as diet and health, where the food industry, pharmaceutical industry and biotech industry conduct 95% of the research in private, and then present the results for "peer review", often without the raw data – where due to these studies often costing tens of millions and taking many years to complete means that duplication is not cost-effective – results in a estimated 50% of these studies being wrong – therefore the science in this area is not remotely reliable.

    Even the smartest person on the planet is unlikely to know this unless they have specifically looked into it, and it would be logical for them to assume that other sciences were as reliable as their own particular field.

    I bet you wish you hadn't said anything now, don't you.

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  30. Alan Demmin I did read the article and tell me if I'm wrong but he's suggesting that after we have made this earth uninhabitable, we abandon it and every other form of life we have evolved with over the3 eons…and move to another planet. What ISN'T narsasistic about that?
    Lets fix the problem (us) and not spread the problem into the cosmos. I understand the drive to survive but do we really want to enter the age of throw-a-way planets?

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  31. Nadine White I posted to Alan Demmin above trying to explain how I feel. Hope I'm clear. I just don't believe humanity is the center of the universe. We are all in this together (sorry for the cliche)….and we all need each other, You can't just pull one spieces out of the web of life and expect it to survive. Doesn't work like that.

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  32. All the great people who achieved great things had crazy ideas only a few people took them seriously. You have no imagination, no creativity no no make impossible spirit. Of course we'll colonize another planet n of course there's an intelligent life in the universe. We are not the middle of the universe. ,,Everything I have seen, experienced makes me believe I haven't seen, experienced,, There's good golden times for people, but we have to survive the bad ones.

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  33. Vladimir Kosonofv the assumption and presumption of something could even not be considered as a fact.

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  34. Marek Psotka You live in a fantasy dream-world fuelled by Hollywood sci-fi.I bet you also think genetic modification is a good thing too.

    Yes, the pioneers throughout history were considered crazy, but for every true pioneer, there were a thousand who really were crazy. I don't fancy the chances.

    Yes, there is likely to be intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, but there are two problems:

    Firstly, the distances involved are so vast, that the radio signals were have been leaking into space for the last 100 years have not ever reached the edge of our own galazy yet, not-to-mention getting anywhere near any of the billions of other galaxies, so any intelligent life out there is not going to know about us untill we are long dead, unless, some time in the future, we figure out time travel or worm holes – again, I don't fancy the chances.

    Secondly, any alien life is likely to be based on a diferent chemistry to life on this planet – so that wouldn't really help us anyway if you were thinking we could just nip over to their planet and settle.

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  35. Peppo Falcao besides once it's destroyed another will eventually take its place. Maybe that one won't destroy the earth though.

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  36. Right now the ruling class needs the rest of us to manufacture and maintain their wealth and privilege. However this is quickly changing. AI and automation among other technologies are quickly making human labor obsolete. At a not too distant point they will not need the rest of us to maintain their life style and the rest of us will be in the way and unemployed because the aforementioned technologies will have rendered us useless to those with money and power. What do you think will happen as this transpires? It won't be revolution. They have all the power, we are just in the way. They will take out the trash. Our days are numbered. On the brite side the world for the elites after they get rid of the unwashed masses will be utopian.

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  37. Really? I consider self-righteous generalizations about who is "part of the problem" to be more of a problem than people who are rightly concerned about who holds public office

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  38. Adley Glémaud Random 'luck' is the currency of the ignorant; study and understanding are the currency of the enlightened.

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  39. Humanity always gets nurfed, how else do get a modren hammer that fossilized to the tune of 400 million years old, Yet we unearth older cultures to find out there primative structures are better designed than modern times, this earth supports all kinds of frequency of various life, nothing goes to waste humans are nothing more than a phase of existance in time, All humans are in ignorance of being ignorant natural to nature your born that way, not knowing always comes first.

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  41. absolutely….we have to clean our planet of greedy mtfkers….finding another one is just utopic….

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  42. Romulus Manzilac Yes, it's the kind of ignorant distraction that serves only to whitewash the real problems that need solving. Convince a populace of half-wits that we are going to move to another planet when we have made this one uninhabitable, and the rich elite get to carry on with impunity.

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  43. The chance of space anomaly destroying the Earth is EXACTLY THE SAME as any anomaly destroying a colony. Escaping off this planet does nothing to ensure survival of any group or indivdual, because the destruction of a planet in our system would throw the entire system out of balance.
    We need to work on solving our problems, not run away from them.

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  44. Like I said, you already made my point. And there is nothing that you are saying that is not the repetition of what many already said, but you seem like that kid in class who thinks he's the only one who knows the answer so starts getting arrogant about it, because someone else has all the attention (Hawking) only to make himself look like an insecure kid, who only wants some attention. Go on, you have my attention. Teach me something you think only YOU know.

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  45. Such absurd assumptions based on today's technology is fruitless. I can easily argue that we probably will be able to integrate ourselves with machines, creating Cyborg offspring of our species that can easily live on any habitat and thrive. This is a distinct and inevitable probability in the not so distant future. In this sense, Hawking's thought process is quite accurate. We just need to be sure not to either destroy ourselves or cause a major setback for the next hundred years or so.

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  46. Adley Glémaud at 48, I'm rather too old to be called a kid, but thank-you anyway.

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  47. Payam Naderi On what do you base that argument?
    'cyborg' offspring, as you say, makes quite a few leaps of imagination. I'm sorry, but electronics and mechanics will never be as efficient as biology until we start building machines that operate at the nano level – which is in effect, biology. Except human engineers have not had 3.5 billion years of research and development to test and prove new designs. It really is a shame that so many people confuse Hollywood sci-fi with an education.

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  48. this planet is ours to use and when we are done to dispose and move on! earth is just a step in human evolution so stop trying to fight to save it just let it transform and take anything we can use! come on people its just a fuckin rock we sit on! nothing is more important then human race. so get your ass out of your asses and understantd what this poor man is trying to say. God doesnt exist yet, it is our meaning to become gods and create other worlds and civilizations. dont you get it everithing that we can imagine can become true becouse other wise we couldn't imagine it itin the first place so maybe the gods that we say created us are actualy what we can become in the future!? we humans are at the top of the food chain and I am preaty sure that we are talking about the universe food chain.

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  49. +David Salter I don't disagree entirely with what you said, in that I dont think we should spread out. That would make us basically a space parasite, going from planet to planet ruining them all. But to say there are no planets out there like earth is kind of arrogant.

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  50. +David Salter I don't disagree entirely with what you said, in that I dont think we should spread out. That would make us basically a space parasite, going from planet to planet ruining them all. But to say there are no planets out there like earth is kind of arrogant.

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  51. +David Salter I don't disagree entirely with what you said, in that I dont think we should spread out. That would make us basically a space parasite, going from planet to planet ruining them all. But to say there are no planets out there like earth is kind of arrogant.

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  52. +David Salter I don't disagree entirely with what you said, in that I dont think we should spread out. That would make us basically a space parasite, going from planet to planet ruining them all. But to say there are no planets out there like earth is kind of arrogant.

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  53. +David Salter I don't disagree entirely with what you said, in that I dont think we should spread out. That would make us basically a space parasite, going from planet to planet ruining them all. But to say there are no planets out there like earth is kind of arrogant.

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  54. It's fine, you're not alone in your lack of imagination.
    It will be interesting to see what comes of the future.

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  55. It's fine, you're not alone in your lack of imagination.
    It will be interesting to see what comes of the future.

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  56. It's fine, you're not alone in your lack of imagination.
    It will be interesting to see what comes of the future.

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  57. So did Hawking actually say anything about a ruling class or did you just completely fabricate that for the headline?

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  58. So did Hawking actually say anything about a ruling class or did you just completely fabricate that for the headline?

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  59. So did Hawking actually say anything about a ruling class or did you just completely fabricate that for the headline?

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  60. So did Hawking actually say anything about a ruling class or did you just completely fabricate that for the headline?

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  61. No man will save humanity its only our faith who will save us and the acceptance of reality thats some fool are ruling the world and guiding it to its own destruction

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  62. David Salter The one thing you seem hellbent on forgetting, just pointing out, is that we advance our technology by what should take us years, in a single one. We're currently catching up to the 100 years of scientific progress we should've had, which was stopped by the Vatican in the early Renaissance years due to their massive ignorance. Back in the 1500's, Leonardo Da Vinci was already creating the first prototypes of Modern weaponry. The idea that other planets are colonizable, and by colony it implies establishing a colony with scientists who will look and create anti-biotics to sustain humans until we adapt to the environment of the new planet, is not far-fetched. The same way as "other life-forms" isn't far fetched. From what *we* know, Earth and every specie on Earth required all the specific occurences that led to our creation. But what *we* know, is very limited. Insanely limited, might I add. As such, making assumptions and stating that because your belief is that we should Terraform Earth instead of Terraforming another planet (Which we should do over terraforming Earth, as our population is growing too big to actually be manageable by only one planet), because of how "impossibly low" the chances are that another planet could have the "ideal" conditions, is ridiculing science and your supposed IQ. We are currently developping Bio-weaponry, which was a completely foreign idea in the Renaissance or Medial Age. They would've had the exact same reaction as you, because they couldn't comprehend the leaps and bounds humanity could accomplish. Back then, their Bio-Weaponry was tossing bodies in rivers, tossing them by catapult in cities, and things alike. Now, we'll have missiles that can wipe out any life-form in a city and it's surroundings, without leaving a trace of it's occurence while leaving the buildings intact. 20 years ago, that was Science-Fiction.

    So, before waving you IQ-penis (Which, I might add, doesn't mean anything as we're on the net and for all you know I could potentially be the most intelligent person on the planet) you might want to think things through.

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  66. Humanity is in danger and our world is too research Monsanto humanity will be extinct if we as a nation don't do something to stop it

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  67. Hawkings… Great physicist. Not so great philosopher. A man confined to a wheel-chair is of-course going to be critical of the idea that people should have the freedom of economic choice and free technological expansion to fuel the engine of capitalism.

    Though I'm skeptical of his knowledge in physics if he though the LCL would cause a black hole.
    He should be put on the same tier as alarmists who thought that a nuclear explosion would incinerate the atmosphere.

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  68. Nathan Robertson It's like people openly accept doomsday scenarios without ever contemplating alternative information. Brainwashed much ?

    The UN shows population growth is on the decline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth

    "According to UN's 2010 revision to its population projections, world population will peak at 10.1bn in 2100 compared to 7bn in 2011".

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  69. The fact is, that by simply creating a self-sustaining colony on another planet (hermetically sealed or otherwise), we would be ensuring that if anything catastrophic does happen to Earth, humans will survive it. This is not science, this is simple risk management: don't put all your eggs in the same basket. (read Elon Musk's thoughts on this)

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  70. What utter nonsense. "The chances of finding another planet with the exact same chemical composition – ie none of the toxic chemicals that will harm us – is so remote as to be ridiculous." Really? Where's your math? Show your work! Explain why. Humans adapt….readily and easily. Your post is nonsense…which is probably why you work at a TV station, and not as a scientist.

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  71. David Salter so you know about all of the planets in the Universe and that none of them can sustain human life. Yeah, your argument is opinion at best.

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  72. David Salter, I'm with you David. Beata wants to consider ANYTHING but whatever you do…don't look in the mirror don't fix the problem just move to another place and trash that one. When that gets trashed we move to another place and trash that one. Its just this kind of mind set that has us where we are. Unbelievable. Anyone here know what the word Responcibility means?

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  73. David Salter, I'm with you David. Beata wants to consider ANYTHING but whatever you do…don't look in the mirror don't fix the problem just move to another place and trash that one. When that gets trashed we move to another place and trash that one. Its just this kind of mind set that has us where we are. Unbelievable. Anyone here know what the word Responcibility means?

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  74. David Salter thats just a negative attitude. You obviously never been to Canada. We have enough land and resources to support 8 billion people alone. Humans are so stupid they deserve to go extinct. So easily we could all just stop buying stupid things from stupid corporations.

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  75. Bryan Coleman I did wonder what you meant – thanks for clarifying. I guess the years ahead and space travel will reveal our ongoing story to us. I tend to think that as we step outside of the web to push onwards, leaving all we know behind, the majority of 'travelers' will fall quickly into not really caring about what was left behind. Same as for example multi-generational English don't care that they might have come from Rome long ago, or American Indians don't have any great attachment to their previous borders . . . It could be a case of home is where we make it . . .not so much about dragging everything connected to home with us. The web will grow in all directions and each direction will take something different with it, just as each step outwards and onwards will leave an awful lot behind . . . Just the same as when we walked out of Africa in all directions . . .

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  76. Payam Naderi 🙂 Love your comment. There are those with visions and those with derisions . . . And never the twain shall meet. Aka the doers, who will persist and make it against the odds. And the others, who only whimpered about how hard survival in the universe is whilst they layed down and died.

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  77. He is a loony, the guys is a big of a fraud, but is so highly respected no one will speak out against him until he dies.

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  78. Bryan Coleman A smart species would do both: balance the Earth and it's lifeforms and climate and atompshere etc, as well as colonise. You'd be a right dummy not to see both options. As in not YOU'D be a right dummy – don't take it personally. As in anyone would be a right dummy to take the most limiting and dead end route possible.

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  79. As smart as he's supposed to be, one would think he'd come up with the question, whether we are worthy and therefor ask ourselves, should a destructive species like us, get a chance to fan out into space and by doing so, maybe destroy more workd, for the sole purpose of greed? Sure, we are special, and yes, we got hell of a potential, but so far, we have only proven, that to this planet, WE ARE the deadly virus…

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  80. Except,

    absolutely nowhere in that article did Stephen Hawkings say "Leave Earth Before the Ruling Class Destroys It".

    wtf

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  81. David Salter OMG David you really need help. Did your school mates humiliate you at school? Obviously, they didn't like you. You have to be always right, the smartest 😀 you are so arrogant, cocky just the way how you write n present yourself in your comments it explains it all. You know what. You are right, why does the world need all the scientists, smart people if the world has You! 😀

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  82. Zach Robinson Yes, isn't modern technology amazing, a prosthetic hand that can feel – but compared to a real hand, it is just a clunky bit of plastic and metal that will not heal by itself, and will not become stronger the more you use it.

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  83. Justin McVay it's not arrogant – it's basic probability. When you consider the thousands, maybe millions of different molecular compounds that can exist made from the elements in the periodic table, the chances of finding a planet with the same materials in a similar ratio as Earth become vanishingly small. But still, with the billions of planets that are out there, the chances are improved, and then diminished once again due to the distance-time problem.

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  84. Jeffrey C. Soto As it always seems, the people with the most imagination, are usually the ones with the least knowledge of the facts..

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  85. Dibyo Majumdar There have already been experiments on this planet, attempting to create a sealed biosphere, which has always failed after a few months – proving one thing – that we still know too little about how life works to attempt this on another planet.

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  86. Jonathan Cashmore "Humans adapt readily and easily" – I beg to differ, considering that we cannot even adapt to the build up of toxic chemicals on this planet, that are the product of ignorance and greed. The most technologically advanced countries on this planet have the sickest people. It doesn't look good for our prospects on other planets, does it.

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  87. Bud Guy I agree with you. And I'm not being negative. Surely it's a positive thing to understand what you are talking about and to identify problems before they happen. I hope humans do attempt to settle on another planet – because only the deluded ones will get on a spacecraft and fly off into space – and I think we can agree, there are far too many deluded people on this planet. So maybe, as Douglas Adams wrote, the 'B Arc' will save humanity by getting rid of the idiots.

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  88. David Salter Don't forget that advances in biology can also speed up the process of adaptation to forain environments. There are lots of probable and relevant variables you're leaving out. You are basically ruling out possibilities with your statements here. Rapid accelerated advancements in science is also hard to imagine. Or even calculate if possible. So yes, I do think it's a bit arrogant of you to rule out possiblies of inhabiting other planets. Of course, I don't see it happening in the nearest future. Relatively speaking.
    And I would like to see your calculation for the probabilites you're talking about here. To me, it doesn't seem very calculated. Just guestimates to fit your arguments.

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  89. Marek Psotka Do you actually have an argument? Or do you use ad hominem to obscure your lack thereof.

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  90. Danny Hazare Martin-Langlois I'm not 'hell bent on forgetting' anything. Yes, technology will advance, but technology is driven by economics – NOT the desire to do the right thing, and from what we can see of the last few hunderd years it seems that more and more technology, bring with it more and more problems. We landed on the moon, yet we still have a billion people living in poverty and starvation. The real problems we face on this planet are not solved by more and more technology. The technology which mostly serves as a distraction for the masses, so that the ruling elite can continue their quest for genocide and control of world resourses with impunity.

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  91. Ken Robin Borknes Yes they are 'guestimates', that come from understanding that life on this planet consists of hundreds of millions of species, and if we were to wipe out one single species, i.e the bees, humans would have about 4 years of life left. This demonstrates how interconnected ALL life is on this planet. Anyone who thinks we can re-create this, that has taken biliions of years of evolution, on another planet – even allowing for the advances in technology over the next one hundred years or so – clearly doesn't have the slightest understanding of the scale of the problem.

    I suspect, given Hawking's sense of humour, that his remark is a flippant joke, for the purpose of highlighting the fact that our current world political system is damaging our planet – I don't think he was serious about moving to another planet being a real option.

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  92. They'll probably try to discredit him by accusing him of using lead acid batteries in his chair! There is little else wrong he can do.

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  93. Sarah Erickson As I have said before: Do you actually have an argument, or do you use ad hominem to obscure your lack thereof?

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  94. I agree with David Salter. But I'll shine a little ray of hope in here. If we found a planet with the right conditions, within a travelable distance, there is a chance in the future that advances in gene manipulation could make human habitation of an extraterrestrial world possible. If that be the case, does it count as human?

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  95. whats all this planet thing all about, Pls are other species living in other planet. i would love to know.

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