RIP Stephen Hawking

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RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by bodom » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:34 am

A great mind.

Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by SarathW » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:47 am

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by No_Mind » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:55 am

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by manas » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 am

His body could not move, but his mind could encompass so much. I really enjoyed his book, 'A Brief History of Time', which opened my mind to new possibilities. Vale, Stephen Hawking. May he journey on well.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Pseudobabble » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:09 pm

A great pity, he was a legend. Those who don't think he was any good should refrain from posting in this thread.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by bodom » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:27 pm

Just realized he died in England on March 14th 3.14 Pi day! Also Einstein's birthday. What a coincidence!

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by DNS » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:11 pm

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I haven't read his books, but of course have heard a lot about him and also saw the movie about his life, great, brilliant mind.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Modus.Ponens » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:23 pm

chownah wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:44 pm
dylanj wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:50 am
I don't think we should praise him because he was famous & well-liked & is now dead.
I think you should not praise him if you see nothing to praise in him. Other people find things to praise about him and this thread is a place where they have come to remember him and to mention those things which they find praiseworthy. No one is forcing anyone to come here and praise anyone......Your comments being made at the time of his death when people want to remember him are made at the wrong time and in the wrong place. I think you should delete your posts in this thread or have them deleted.

You can start a thread discussing who is praiseworthy if you want but you are out of line to make your posts here.
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Indeed.

He was a great physicist and a deeply inspiring person. I read several of his books a long time ago. I wish him the best, wherever he is.

He said the first lines in this famous Pink Floyd music:

"For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals
Then something happenend which unleashed the power of our imagination
We learned to talk"


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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by dharmacorps » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:25 pm

Undoubtedly a brilliant scientist who continued a fruitful life despite his health conditions, which is what I respect about him.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:50 pm

this would be a great opportunity, instead of calling for others to be banned, to tell those who dont know about the merits of mr stephen hawking. of course he was not buddhist or pure in the threefold training and that does not disqualify him from being worth remembering, but a substantiated claim that he not only held but actively promoted wrong view has been leveled in this thread. when someone dies, instead of just saying rip, it will be better to talk about the person and what they knew right and wrong and learn from their experience.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by oncereturner » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:51 pm

He was one of the greatest mind of of the 21 th century. Not sure he travelled to space before his death. He said we have maybe 100 years after earth is destroyed by wars and environmental destruction.

Math and logical thinking made his mind very clear. A brilliant genius.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Sam Vara » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:35 pm

oncereturner wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:51 pm
He was one of the greatest mind of of the 21 th century. Not sure he travelled to space before his death.
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Unfortunately, he never made it into space. The nearest he got to it was this two-hour flight in a special plane which produces weightlessness:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn ... o-gravity/

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by cappuccino » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:32 pm

oncereturner wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:51 pm
He said we have maybe 100 years after earth is destroyed by wars and environmental destruction.
A few years for China.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:37 pm

Greetings,

I have split several comments off into a new topic... Critiquing the life of Stephen Hawking.

Please reflect on which topic is most appropriate for your comments.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by aflatun » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:58 pm

Motor neuron disease is a horrible condition that devastates most people, and he not only endured it, and endured it longer than most (as most forms put you out of your misery quite fast) but managed to have a productive life while doing so. I think most people would fail to do the same, so its hard to exaggerate how worthy of respect that is. May he fare well!
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:52 pm

aflatun wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Motor neuron disease is a horrible condition that devastates most people, and he not only endured it, and endured it longer than most (as most forms put you out of your misery quite fast) but managed to have a productive life while doing so. I think most people would fail to do the same, so its hard to exaggerate how worthy of respect that is. May he fare well!
Agreed. As an atheist materialist, he would have presumably had no worries about the personal consequences of ending his life. And as a wealthy intelligent man surrounded by helpers, he would have had every opportunity to do it. But he kept going. And he spoke movingly about living "one day at a time" in the face of adversity, and doing what he could to advance human knowledge. For me, that's quite humbling.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by binocular » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:45 pm

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:52 pm
Agreed. As an atheist materialist, he would have presumably had no worries about the personal consequences of ending his life. And as a wealthy intelligent man surrounded by helpers, he would have had every opportunity to do it. But he kept going. And he spoke movingly about living "one day at a time" in the face of adversity, and doing what he could to advance human knowledge. For me, that's quite humbling.
I find it rather predictable. Wealth makes it so much easier to stick around in this world, despite whatever other problems one might have.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Sam Vara » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:18 pm

binocular wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:45 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:52 pm
Agreed. As an atheist materialist, he would have presumably had no worries about the personal consequences of ending his life. And as a wealthy intelligent man surrounded by helpers, he would have had every opportunity to do it. But he kept going. And he spoke movingly about living "one day at a time" in the face of adversity, and doing what he could to advance human knowledge. For me, that's quite humbling.
I find it rather predictable. Wealth makes it so much easier to stick around in this world, despite whatever other problems one might have.
Then it's a win for both of us, binocular! I get to feel humbled, and you don't get any nasty surprises. Anumodana!

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by binocular » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:30 pm

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:18 pm
Then it's a win for both of us, binocular! I get to feel humbled, and you don't get any nasty surprises. Anumodana!
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There, if there has even been a more appropriate time for this emoticon! And to think they wanted to do away with it!

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Post by Sam Vara » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:52 pm

I really liked this obituary of Hawking which appeared in the Church Times, the Anglican Newspaper. The author knew Hawking personally, and also taught my wife when she studied theology at Cambridge. Most people saw Hawking as antithetical to Christianity, but I like the generosity of this piece, plus the fact that it doesn't avoid the criticism of ideas out of misplaced respect:
STEPHEN HAWKING was iconic: to say that is to risk cliché, but it was true several times over: in science, in human struggle, in a life of activism. Within his discipline of cosmology and mathematical physics, Professor Hawking was a giant, who made enormous contributions to our understanding of black holes, quantum gravity, and cosmic inflation.

His prominence as a representative figure, however, went far further. His long and courageous struggle with motor neurone disease, for more than half a century, places him alongside Pope John Paul II in the public imagination as an example of determination and good grace. He was also an emblematic “public intellectual” and an active campaigner on a host of topics. He was a strenuous advocate of the National Health Service, for instance, taking on both the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and Republican critics of universal health-care in the United States.

Professor Hawking’s prominence was profound — on climate change and other “existential risks”, or on nuclear disarmament, as much as on health care — but his authority was not simply his own: it was also the authority of science. The standing of science finds no clearer example than Professor Hawking. His personal struggles may have underlined his authority, but it was grounded on his position as the representative scientist, and on physics as the representative science among sciences. Even in a country that has “grown tired of experts”, the currency of Hawking’s expertise was not debased.
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/ ... s-a-favour

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