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In graver danger than I first thought?


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Some time ago, Professor Stephen Hawking posted a question on Yahoo Answers asking how the human race could survive the next hundred years. A few days or so later, he (as you might hope for such an intelligent guy) answered his own question with an audio message, which Yahoo have inexplicably combined with a patronising slideshow to create this video:

My first reaction to this news was that, with all that brainpower, you might hope that Prof Hawking would be having happier thoughts. You know, sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, that sort of thing. With a brain the size of his, an awful lot of happiness could fill the space currently occupied, quite clearly, with a whole lot of misery. 😉

Then it occured that the most respected thinkers and philosophers of every society ever (or, at least, quite a few) have predicted the downfall of the human race to be in the near fuure, and it’s not happened yet. What makes the good Prof any different?

Next, it occured to me that it was, perhaps, reassuring that this video was popular enough to make it into the most-watched videos on Yahoo’s site. It shows that people must be interested in the problems which may affect their offspring after their death, that they care for the world in which they live, and actively want to aid the survival of the species.

Then I noticed what was above this video in the chart:

My faith quickly evapourated… but my smile grew.

This 918th post was filed under: News and Comment, Technology, Video.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Ben King

by Ben King

Comment posted at 16:13 on 4th August 2006.

A good point, well made. The sooner the cockroaches take over, the better.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:33 on 7th August 2006.

Thanks, Ben. A nice blog you’ve got there – and good luck with the new C4 News, job, too!

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