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Stephen Hawking and Human Extinction

The link is to a Yahoo Answers questions asked about 4 weeks ago by Stephen Hawking about how humanity could survive the next 100 years.

Oddly enough I was phoned up by a newspaper today asking for a comment about this. Frankly humanity may end up short of energy, have to cope with climate change and a sort of global squabble could develop over a mixture of resource issues and the Middle East. However, I do not think it is possible for humanity to kill itself off completely.

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Chris Vernon said…
I agree, humans (as a species) are one of the most robust species going - able to scratch out a living in +40C deserts and -40C Siberia and crucially adapt almost instantaneously. Our species survival isn't at stake.

As for Hawking’s suggestion of getting off this planet, I can't imagine ANY scenario by which would make Mars, Venus or the Moon more hospitable that Earth. Plague, volcano, asteroid etc... We've still got a much better chance staying here, even if it involves an artificial environment on the bottom of the sea. That would still be easier than setting up shop of Mars.

If he's thinking about extra-solar then, it's pure science fiction.

Any idea why the newspaper was picking this story up again or calling you about it?
shaz said…
There's a movement known as Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. VHEMT (pronounced “vehement”) states that “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health.”
john said…
Chris: August

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