Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dr S Hawking: How can the human race survive the next hundred years? In a world that is in chaos politically, socially & environmentally-Q &A to YAHOO

Dr. Stephen Hawking
” I'm a theoretical physicist and the Lucasian Professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. I've continued my career there, despite enduring severe disability caused by motor neurone disease (specifically, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). My 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, became a best-seller and brought my work in physics to a broader group so that all people could learn from it, rather than just academics.”

Dr Stephen posed this question to Yahoo Ans 4 days ago and CNN pick up the story (see below) and by Friday afternoon, no less than 17,000 answers were submittewd. At the time this post was uploaded no less than 20532 anwers were received. You can also give your answers.

And here is what I have responded below, you can see it here

We will survive; the human race can survive the next hundred years by being yourself; this automatically fulfills any responsibility. The gods created the Universe out of joy, playfulness and creativity, not because they thought they had to. Your being is blessed and spontaneous because it is. And fulfilling it with nature automatically fulfills your purposes and, in your terms, your responsibility.

You are awake who believe you dream. You are dreaming who believe you are awake; for the terms are meaningless. You make your tomorrow out of your desire & lust, as you form your present and your past. Your gut awareness is a god in you laughing, so rejoice and enjoy!

Now, there are no limitations or divisions to the self. You can indeed depend upon seemingly unconscious portions of yourself. The seemingly unconscious portions of your body draw energy from food and molecules, from the air to form your body.

All this happens because the inner portions of your being operate spontaneously, joyfully, freely; and all of this occurs because your inner self believes in you, often even while you do not believe in it.

The you that you consider yourself to be is never annihilated. Your consciousness is not snuffed out, nor is it swallowed, blissfully unaware of itself, in some nirvana. You are as much a part of a nirvana now as you ever will be. You are in the process of expanding your psychic structure, of becoming a conscious participant with the soul. You are becoming what your soul is.

You must learn to trust your own spontaneous nature. Your nervous system knows how to react. It reacts spontaneously when you allow it to. .In spontaneity there is a discipline that utterly escapes you, and an order beyond any that you know. Spontaneity knows its own order.

If you learn to trust your being, then you will be able to trust your institutions and your civilizations. You equate spontaneity with irresponsibility; abandon with evil. If you abandon yourselves to yourselves, then what good would seem to spring out of the heavens of your being?

Our civilization is in sad straits because we have denied spontaneity or fulfillment to individuals, and ALL our institutions are based upon that premise.

You think that, left alone, the natural inclinations of man would destroy civilization. Then what, indeed, started civilization, if not the natural inclinations of man? What began the cooperation that allows people to unite even in tribes, if not the natural inclinations of man?

Our world is in dire straits because we do not trust ourselves. Our social institutions are set up to fence in the individual, rather than to allow the natural development of the individual.

and here is the CNN report
Stephen Hawking has a question for you 'How can human race survive?' astrophysicist asks on Web site

Friday, July 7, 2006 Posted: 2327 GMT (0727 HKT)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some questions even stump Stephen Hawking.

The famed British astrophysicist and best-selling author has turned to Yahoo Answers, a new feature in which anyone can pose a question for fellow Internet users to try to answer. By Friday afternoon, nearly 17,000 Yahoo Inc. users had responded to Hawking.

Hawking's question: "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?"

Some of the answers were short -- "get rid of nuclear weapons" -- and others vague -- "Somehow we will." Many were doubtful: "I don't think it is possible unless we expand into space."

A number of people suggested thinking differently, ending bickering or fostering cooperation.

Officials at Cambridge University, where Hawking is a mathematics professor, confirmed that Hawking wrote the message but said he would have no further comment.

Hawking's groundbreaking research on black holes and the origins of the universe has made him one of the best-known theoretical physicists of his generation. Author of the global best-seller "A Brief History of Time,"
Hawking is known for proposing that space and time have no beginning and no end.

Lately, he has been pondering the fate of humans.

In a speech June 13 in Hong Kong, Hawking said the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy Earth.

He said that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.

Hawking is one of 10 celebrity questioners Yahoo solicited as part of its "Ask The Planet" campaign.

The Internet company spent weeks trying to track Hawking down but got his participation within a day of reaching the correct assistant, said Patrick Crane, vice president of marketing for Yahoo Search.

The question was submitted a few days before the Hong Kong speech and posted Wednesday.

Over the next week, Yahoo employees are expected to work with Hawking to sift through the answers and select one or several to highlight as best responses.

Yahoo Answers, like an offering from Google Inc. and one planned by Microsoft Corp., is among the services aimed at tapping the collective intelligence. It's based on the premise that humans as a group can do a better job at finding information than machines or a single person can.

Anyone can ask or answer a question, regardless of expertise, though Yahoo will eventually implement a rating system meant to elevate users with better reputations, based on their past questions and answers.

Questions typically get 6 to 10 answers.

Past celebrity participants include Donald Trump, Isaiah Washington, Al Gore and "Click & Clack," the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk." U2 lead singer Bono closed the celebrity series Friday by asking, "What can we do to make poverty history?"

and here are some comments from a blogger at

Stephen Hawking Makes a Cameo

When I found out that Stephen Hawking was going to be asking the Answers community a question, I could hardly contain my excitement. Our weekly meetings sometimes derail into “wouldn’t it be cool if?” sessions, and Stephen Hawking is one name that consistently surfaces during these discussions.

Aside from being one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, Stephen Hawking has also made some popular guest appearances on television – as a member of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers on Futurama, and as Lisa’s savior on The Simpsons. Now he’s joined the Answers community to ask, “How can the human race survive the next hundred years?

Already popular amongst Answerers, some ponder why he has yet to win a Nobel Prize, while others question his religious beliefs. I’m certain Professor Hawking will be pleased to see that his own ideas about black holes and the survival of the human race are being discussed on Answers.

Who knows, maybe Stephen Hawking will pen a new book based on his experiences in the Answers-verse entitled, “A Brief History of Yahoo! Answers.” In it, he could compare the range of Answers’ gravitational pull to that of a black hole.

you can also give your answers here

and check the latest posting Jul 21 06


Blogger multidimid said...

6 hours after this posting the ANSWERS have gone up to 20743 from 20532 an increase of 211 or at the rate of 35 an hour.

8:51 AM  

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