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Notes by EMA: Stephen Hawking

In his memory – a review of some of his thoughts

 

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.

I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.

People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.

Not only does God play dice, but He sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

Women. They are a complete mystery.

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.

Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.

It matters if you just don’t give up.

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.

Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was able to reason.

Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.

If human life were long enough to find the ultimate theory, everything would have been solved by previous generations. Nothing would be left to be discovered.

 

 

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