The British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has had his moments of doubt, about both himself and about the future of the human race.
Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, 50 years ago. As a result, he told an audience of doctors at a stem cell laboratory yesterday, Hawking became depressed and "initially didn’t see a point in finishing his doctorate." But eventually he found the motivation to keep at it:
"If you understand how the universe operates," he said, "you control it in a way."
And yet, Hawking continues to be concerned about the long-term future of the human race. He told his audience at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles that humans cannot survive another thousand years unless we escape to space.
In a lecture entitled "A Brief History of Mine," Hawking compared his own longevity to the greater prospects of humanity. We need to keep our curiosity alive. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at," Hawking said, echoing the comments he made to Big Think in this video in 2010.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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