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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?
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
Here is link to story...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ … anity.html
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.
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.
Couldn't agree more. But, saying the earth will cease to exist is (in my opinion) silly.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Earth has been here for a long time before us, and will surely be here for a long time after us.
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.
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.
He changed how the world looked at the universe and we'll forever be in his debt. RIP Dr. Hawking.
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.
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