Stephen Hawking doubts humans will survive ‘our fragile planet’ another 1,000 years

Friday, November 18, 2016 by

The world’s most esteemed physicist has a dire token of advice for citizens of the world: flee the planet, or face extinction.

Article by Chris Sommerfeldt

“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Professor Stephen Hawking said while delivering a lecture about the origins of the universe at Oxford University Monday. “We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”

Despite the arguably depressing warning, Hawking also implored audience members to live their lives to the fullest while they still can.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” he said. “Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, here is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Hawking has been using his stature as one of the world’s most acclaimed cosmologists to opinionate about the plethora of moral and political predicaments facing western nations.


Hawking has been using his stature to opinionate about the plethora of moral and political predicaments facing western nations. (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

In May, the 74-year-old Cambridge professor said he had no qualms about understanding the universe, but just couldn’t wrap his head around why people find Presidential-elect Donald Trump likeable.

In an essay published in The Guardian in July, Hawking blasted the “isolationism” that foreboded the UK’s exit from the European Union, and heeded that such movements are signaling our demise.

“We will need to adapt, rethink, refocus and change some of our fundamental assumptions about what we mean by wealth, by possessions, by mine and yours. Just like children, we will have to learn to share,” he wrote.

“If we fail, then the forces that contributed to Brexit, the envy and isolationism not just in the UK but around the world that spring from not sharing, of cultures driven by a narrow definition of wealth and a failure to divide it more fairly, both within nations and across national borders, will strengthen. If that were to happen, I would not be optimistic about the long-term outlook for our species.”

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