Important ontological spoiler from Stephen Hawking

James Marshall
October 19, 2018

As for the future, he advises his young readers in the last Chapter of book: "don't forget to look at the stars and not on your feet".

Published by John Murray (a Hachette company), Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a selection of the late cosmologist's most profound, accessible, and timely reflections from his personal archive.

Hawking has authored A Brief History of Time, which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide and shot back to the top of bestseller lists after his death, and many other books. Along with his contributions to science, this book helped make him a truly household name.

On Monday, Hawking spoke from beyond the grave to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world.

- How did it all begin?

"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed", Hawking wrote on Reddit.

- What is inside a black hole?

"He's asking us not to go into the future blindly", she said.

- Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

"God does not exist, aliens do exist and can travel through time", says Stephen Hawking in a book that he wrote before his death.

"How do we shape the future?", he wrote. The panel included Hawking's children, his academic colleagues, and others who knew him. "It's a call to unity, to humanity, to bring ourselves back together and really face up to the challenges in front of us", explained Lucy Hawking the goal of the new book.

Stephen Hawking was present at the book launch ceremony via an animation recorded before he died.

In "Short answers to big questions" the physicist suggested that wealthy people will soon be able to use gene editing to become a superhuman memory, invulnerability to disease, extraordinary intelligence and durability.

He addressed recent research funding cuts, and touches on hot-button political issues "with Brexit and Trump now exerting new forces in relation to immigration and the development of education." .

His position is certainly not surprising, as long as he lived, Hawking did not miss the opportunity to declare categorically that he was an atheist and that he saw the creation of the world from the point of view of the scientist alone, often causing the disciples to be disturbed in a particular religion. "I think belief in the afterlife is just wishful thinking", said Stephen Hawking in one of his articles, cited by Sarah Knapton from The Telegraph.

"He was deeply anxious that at a time when the challenges are global, we were becoming increasingly local in our thinking". However, it does show us the importance of our future, the "Big Questions" and the growing necessity of looking after our planet.

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