Professor Stephen Hawking has used a speech at the London Science Museum to advocate for the colonisation of other inhabitable planets. The superstar physicist and author has spoken of the future of the human race, adding that our deeper human flaws will likely limit our potential.
When asked about the most detrimental human faults, the IBS reported that Mr. Hawking suggested that anger and aggression were the most damning human traits. “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression, it may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory, or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all,” he explained. “A major nuclear war would be the end of civilization, and maybe the end of the human race. The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.”
Mr. Hawking then went on to discuss the greater need for exploration and space travel. “Sending humans to the moon changed the future of the human race in ways that we don’t yet understand. It hasn’t solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward. I believe that the long term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonising other planets.”
In the past, Mr. Hawking has been keen to advance the idea that humankind’s fate is inextricable linked with space travel. He’s previously defended investment in space travel and detailed study of the greater universe. The British scientist even went so far as to tell El Mundo that investment in space travel “…has driven and continues to drive major scientific and technological advances.”
Here’s hoping the scientist’s gloomy view of the future is not as precise as his other game-changing theories…
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