Steven Hawkins past away today...he warned the earth is doomed in 200

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  1. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 7 months ago

    In 200 years, the earth will be no more, according to Hawkins.
    He believe we need to explore space so that human species can survive that doomsday scenario.
    It may be due to global warming or an asteroid striking earth.
    What is your opinion?

    1. Readmikenow profile image97
      Readmikenowposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Oh, he wasn't the first to predict the end of the world and won't be the last.  Does anyone remember Harold Camping?  I know someone who actually believed what this guy said and I told this person after is was all over "Boy are YOU stupid."

      "He (Camping) reportedly spent tens of millions of dollars to spread his doomsday message. His May 21 prediction was plastered on more than 5,000 billboards across the country. He had 100 million pamphlets printed in 61 languages, including some that read, “The End of the World is Almost Here!”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ob … 2aa2979be6

  2. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 7 months ago
  3. Live to Learn profile image77
    Live to Learnposted 7 months ago

    My opinion is that the earth will exist much longer. Hawking was a genius, but didn't know everything. In some areas, I think people put too much stock in his opinion.

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      The earth will remain, and will probably be viable for life as we know it for much longer than 200 years.  But that does not mean that we should put all our eggs in one basket; if the species is to survive it must move out so that a single violent event (asteroid impact, nearby nova, travelling black hole, etc.) does not destroy it.

      1. Live to Learn profile image77
        Live to Learnposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Couldn't agree more. But, saying the earth will cease to exist is (in my opinion) silly.

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 7 months agoin reply to this

          Looking over the article, it is apparent that Hawking did not say the earth would be destroyed as much as saying that a natural disaster would end (most) life on earth.  Two very different things; in 4.5 billion years the first has never happened, but the second has occurred multiple times.  And will, with a very high probability, happen again one day.

          1. jackclee lm profile image81
            jackclee lmposted 7 months agoin reply to this

            I agree. The dinosaurs are testament to this event, 65 million years ago.
            However, what should we be doing to prevent or mitigate long term disasters is the big question?
            1. Should we colonize Mars like Elon Musk suggest?
            2. Should we build a huge space station that is self sustaining...ala 2001 a Space Odessy...
            3. should we travel to another star system, one way ticket to spread the human species?
            4. Or fix the problems here on earth, and create defenses like a satellite or missile to divert incoming asteroids...

            There is no doubt we have the technology and the brain power to solve many problems. The question is a matter of will and who decides how to spend the resources...on which programs...

            1. wilderness profile image98
              wildernessposted 7 months agoin reply to this

              Not sure we will ever be able to divert a wandering black hole, or stop a super nova.  My vote is to colonize the stars, whether one way or not.

              1. jackclee lm profile image81
                jackclee lmposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                Not as easy as one might think.
                I don’t know if you remember an experiment done in the 1980s called Biosphere one...
                It was a total failure.
                As it turned out, it is much harder to create a bio sphere that supports human lives and sustainable.
                God’s creation, the mother earth, is very hard to duplicate elsewhere.

                1. wilderness profile image98
                  wildernessposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                  No problem.  Send out a robotic ship, build a transporter facility on another planet and presto!  Instantaneous transportation via gravity waves through the upper bands of the time/space continuum! big_smile

                  1. jackclee lm profile image81
                    jackclee lmposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                    I see you are a Star Trek fan...haha
                    It is nice to dream.
                    beam me up Scotty...

                2. Credence2 profile image81
                  Credence2posted 7 months agoin reply to this

                  I am with you, on some of this

                  Even the logistics of the 23rd century ( Star Trek technology) would find the task of relocating entire civilizations from one planet to another a daunting one.

                  The technology tocolonize and sustain human life on even neighboring planets in our solar system over long periods of does not exist. Since in 'our neighborhood' other planets, are either outright hostile to terrestrial forms of life or will require elaborate life support systems that are both expensive and cumbersome.

                  We cannot talk about extra-solar planets, the sheer magnitude of distance to be crossed makes them out of the question at our current level of technology.

                  For the foreseeable future, we  had better learn how to make nice,  to coexist, be prudent with natural resources to the best of our ability which offers the best chance of this species preparing for the unexpected.

              2. Jean Bakula profile image98
                Jean Bakulaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                The Earth has been here for a long time before us, and will surely be here for a long time after us.

                1. wilderness profile image98
                  wildernessposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                  I fully expect you are right, but there are ways that planets can cease to exist.  And certainly ways that life can be virtually wiped out - we've seen that happen on our own planet several times.

                  1. Jean Bakula profile image98
                    Jean Bakulaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                    True,
                    I just meant I didn't think Earth would cease to exist in OUR lifetimes. But you never know.

  4. Kenna McHugh profile image87
    Kenna McHughposted 7 months ago

    He is a genius, amazing being. I am so happy for him. He is now out of his body, pain-free, with more adventures and discoveries ahead. Soar Steven Hawkins, soar.

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image95
      Jessie L Watsonposted 7 months ago

      He changed how the world looked at the universe and we'll forever be in his debt. RIP Dr. Hawking.

    2. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 7 months ago

      200 years sounds about right. The generations are in a process of de-evolution as far as I can tell. Of course, if we revolutionize the educational system and the way we raise children, things could change for the better …
      who will take the first step
      … make the first move?
      It would take a very enlightened leader at the helm of a powerful nation, such as a President of the United States.

    3. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 7 months ago
     
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