On Monday, Stephen Hawking’s voice was heard at a London launch event when his posthumous book “Brief Answers To The Big Questions,” was presented. The book was published on Tuesday, and it’s what everyone who’s worried about humankind’s future should read.
Among the big questions, Hawking talks about different issues such as “Is There a God?” or “How Do We Shape the Future?” In between the first and last chapter, he talks about God (denies his existence), the origin of the universe and life. He talks about time travel, what’s inside black holes and if there is intelligent life in the universe or not. Hawking also talked about the prediction of the future, and other real or imagined threats from AI, aliens, or a race of superhumans.
In his book, Hawking also warned that education and science are “in danger now more than ever before,” citing two major events – the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Brexit as “a global revolt against experts and that includes scientists.”
Shape the Future
He knew that science had to solve the major challenges on our planet like climate change, overpopulation, extinction of species, deforestation and so on, but he urged young people “to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”
Stephen Hawking concluded that everyone should “try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. It matters that you don’t give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”
Hawking died in March and in June his ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey, right between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
His daughter and son attended the book launch and got emotional when they heard his voice. Lucy Hawking stated:
“I turned away, because I had tears forming in my eyes. I feel sometimes like he’s still here because we talk about him and we hear his voice and we see images of him, and then we have the reminder that he’s left us.”
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.