Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (Bk. X, Ch. XXIII, 34)
"Why, then, does truth generate hatred ... unless it be that truth is loved in such a way that those who love something else besides her wish that to be the truth which they do love. Therefore, they hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is that they love in place of the truth."
Sunday, May 9, 2010
On "Larry King Live", Hawking made the remarks, "IF aliens ever visit us", and "IF the extraterrestrials ever visit earth."
When Larry King questioned Hawking about banning messages into the universe for fear of attracting dangerous aliens, he replied, "It is too late. IF they are looking, they will already have detected us."
Seems like a lot of conjecture for someone likened to Einstein, but at least he's admitting the possibility ET could exist. That's far more slack than what he offers up to the Great One who had a hand in his creation.
So it didn't work out too well for him. Does he hold God responsible for being a cripple in a wheel-chair? Is that why he denies a Creator's presence? If the truth be known, Hawking's disability was likely lifestyle or doctor induced. Heavy metals and vaccines have been implicated in diseases like ALS, MS, Alzheimer's and other nervous system disorders. There's countless 'man-made' factors that can attribute to illness, and in fact, doctors have been blamed for 250,000 deaths per year due to prescribed drugs, misdiagnoses and failed surgeries. (JAMA, July 2000). Since these are only the reported figures, it's safe to say this is the tip of the iceberg. But I digress.
Hawking states that the universe is comprised of 100 billion galaxies. Though certainly not a precise figure when you're dealing in such immeasurable numbers, it's curious how he arrived at this deduction. Is the sum based upon what the world's most powerful telescopes and satellites detect, or did Hawking's "mathematical brain", as he refers to it, crunch the numbers?
I've read that new technology will give the ability to see and detect the heavens far beyond what we can presently see. Will this mean Hawking will have to re-calibrate his mathematical computation for the number of galaxies in existence?
Since Hawking's figure is just speculation anyway, a more accurate representation of the number of galaxies in our universe might be to simply equate it to the US National Debt, which now stands at over 10 trillion. The average interest rate of 4 billion a day could parallel the advancement in technology and science's ability to observe the heavens. Just think... we could probably end world hunger with the money saved on exorbitantly expensive scientific instruments and the manpower wasted to build and operate them.
Of course it's a laughable premise, but how much does it really differ from the speculation that theorizing scientists like Hawking offer?
A few years ago a scientist made the statement to the effect that "we now believe the universe extends beyond our original estimate."
So, did they previously think that the universe suddenly ended at a brick wall and that was it? Can their astrophysical and evolutionist minds even comprehend the concept of infinity? Apparently not.
I'll give credit to Hawking for at least being unique in his belief of Intelligent Design. He's the only atheist I've heard who claims to not believe in ‘a personal God’ and yet talks about ‘the mind of God’.
In a series for the Discovery Channel Hawking said it was "perfectly rational" to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.
Yes Stephen, there may still be hope.