hmmmmmm....... I've seen this sort of "liberated" behavior before, a 2nd mid-life crisis maybe? instead of getting a Porsche sports car, he's getting shot into space?
hmmmmmm......... Maybe his other half was really a bitch and was really doing all those rumoured assaults on Stephen and now that she's gone he's spreading his wings again?
hmmmmmm ....... Maybe, his life threatening bout with Pneumonia 3 years ago and the subsequent discovery of potential physical abuse has reminded Hawking of how short and sweet life can be and has refocused him to live a mental and experiential renaissance in his life. CARPE DIEM BABY !!!!
Whatever the reason, I can usually tell when someone is reaching out and this man is reaching out ...... and don't worry Hawk Baby !!! I'm listening !!
So what is he really saying? I personally believe that Stephen is reaching out on two fronts. I think that his own mortality is on his mind and I feel that he's dealing with it by dealing with mankind's mortality in general. As a species, Hawking is trying to tell us to pretty much colonise the cosmos or risk extinction ... I summarize it below in what I'll name Hawkings Plea.
Because of the factors listed below - human survivability is in serious jeopardy during the next several centuries. Global economic and intellectual resources should be applied to mankind's expansion beyond Earth. Self sustaining colonies on the Moon and Mars will allow the human race to recover from a global incident - natural or terroristic - on the planet.
- Climate Change - Global Warming - a self sustaining climatic warming event will cause global chaos
- Global Pandemic Virus - A pandemic such as bird flu can potentially wipe out a huge swath of human life.
- Biological Terror Weapon
- Nuclear Weapons Proliferation - A war between new nuclear powers provides a doomsday scenario of escalation and worldwide damage
- Nanotechnological Weapons - Grey Goo is a real fear of several prominent scientists regarding advancements in self-assembling nanomachines
- Asteroid Impact - we'll be joining our dinosauran brethren
- Radical Religious Groups and States - this is probably the biggest threat since it can lead to several of the above global threats.
Stephen, whatever the reason for your recent energy... go live your life to its fullest dude. If the ladies have been giving you trouble then put them to the side for awhile ..... the ladies can drive us all crazy ... you know how many times I wanted to get shot into space to not hear the drama anymore? Dont worry, you're a natural pimp and you'll be back in the love game soon ... but take a break.
You should probably consider signing up for Cryonics too ... you're getting kinda old ... and that last bout of pneumonia almost got you. Maybe they can wake you up in a century and put you on a robotic body and The Onion article from 1997 would've been prescient.
Hope you get to live another 100 years Stephen ....
RESOURCES / LINKS
01/18/2007 - Doomsday Clock moved closer to "Midnight"
01/09/2007 - Hawking is Going To Space
11/30/2006 - Hawking's BBC Interview - Audio - Space Colonization
11/06/2006 - Hawking advertising assistant job
10/21/2006 - Hawking Divorce #2 - Physical and emotional abuse
06/08/2006 - Hawking posts human survival question on Yahoo Answers
06/13/2006 - Hawking Children's Book
03/29/2004 - Hawking allegedly assaulted - case later dismissed(?) -- wifey?
01/29/2004 - Pneumonia almost claims Hawking's Life but instead gives him insight into Information Paradox question
10/16/2001 - Hawkings Interview - Colonise Space or Die