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Originally posted by kleverone
I believe this is a perfect demonstration of how man can be so intelligent in one area of his life and so ignorant in another. He comments regarding cranks and weirdos only showcases his lack of knowledge on the subject. I would have expected more from Mr. Hawking. I guess this just goes to prove that book smarts and common sense are do not always go hand in hand. My 2 pennies
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
He lost me when he made the statement that "the only hope for humanity was us moving out to the stars." While I know that many on this board would like to see such a move, and I would like to see it myself, to ignore the most obvious solution to our problem completely showed me that he has some gaps in his reasoning.
The most obvious solution to our problem being, the strict use of birth control.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 25,000 people died of starvation every day in 2003, and as of 2001 to 2003, about 800 million people were chronically undernourished. Scientists say millions of people face starvation following an outbreak of a deadly new strain of blight, known as Ug99, which is spreading across the wheat fields of Africa and Asia.
Originally posted by solarstorm
What a load of crap.
"We don't appear to have been visited by aliens," Hawking said, adding that he discounts reports of UFOs. "Why would they only appear to cranks and weirdoes?"
[edit on 21-4-2008 by solarstorm]
Originally posted by WitnessFromAfar
I just want to make sure that you know, I agree with you that the population increase is a big problem. I just don't think it's the biggest or the worst problem.
# Present day — the Holocene extinction event. 70% of biologists view the present era as part of a mass extinction event, possibly one of the fastest ever, according to a 1998 survey by the American Museum of Natural History. Some, such as E. O. Wilson of Harvard University, predict that humanity's destruction of the biosphere could cause the extinction of one-half of all species in the next 100 years.
One of the major issues we face as Humans in the next 100 years is in fact our growing population, so in a way, your solution does address that issue. I don't think it's necessarily the best solution, but that's neither here nor there.
What I must take issue with here is the fact that population boom is not the ONLY problem Humans currently face, nor is it the most dire, or the hardest to deal with.