I’ll say right up front I don’t expect this to make too much sense. It’s only a few thoughts from….well, somewhere.
All week I was thinking of something I read in a talk Stephen Hawking gave. So the subject was the need to explore space because we can probably only survive another thousand years on earth. Not the thing that stood out, but this was his basic stance:
“We must continue to go into space for humanity,” Hawking said. “We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet.”
Then came what stuck in my craw, or wherever. A week later it is still stuck.
“If you understand how the universe operates, you control it in a way. ”
Okay, no one likes to disagree with Hawking. Nobody likes to embarrass themselves. But come on…really, “we can control it”? I must have missed the theory that explains why X is Z or something.
I don’t know which part of his statement bothers me more. The first claims if we know how it operates, assuming we can, and the second is control it “in a way”. What way was he referring to? If we can understand it, would not mean we’ll make the right decisions. Should that be our objective, to control it?
There are so many variables there that I should just leave it alone. His statement stands for itself. I had lots of fun thinking it over for a week. It doesn’t sound any better now.
‘To understand the universe at the deepest level, we have to understand why is there something rather than nothing,’ Hawking said.
How many years have we been busy understanding how the earth operates and can we control that yet? As Dr Phil says…”and how’s that working out for you?”
And they like to call us conspiracy theorists.
Just a few years ago he declared philosophy dead because it has not kept up with modern science, particularly physics. So moving right along, aren’t we?