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  1. #1 Stephen Hawking and His World 
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    A Brief History of Him
    Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parentsí house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven
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    I'll restore the link to your blog once you convince me that you didn't just drop in to promote it.
    And while we are at it I would be fascinated to know why a short piece on Hawking should be posted in Biology.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    I would be fascinated to know why a short piece on Hawking should be posted in Biology.
    Touche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    I'll restore the link to your blog once you convince me that you didn't just drop in to promote it.
    And while we are at it I would be fascinated to know why a short piece on Hawking should be posted in Biology.
    He's biological?
    Well... mainly biological?
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    Testing. Please ignore.
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    Hawking should be put out of his misery. Or at least for the misery he is causing us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Hawking should be put out of his misery. Or at least for the misery he is causing us.
    Woah! Seems a little harsh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Arrow
    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Hawking should be put out of his misery. Or at least for the misery he is causing us.
    Woah! Seems a little harsh.
    Very. The guy is not the genius that the world seems to assume, but he's a good public face for science and a decent scientist.
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    The truth is always harsh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    The truth is always harsh.
    Some roses are red. Harsh, but true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    The truth is always harsh.
    Still don't really follow why Hawking should be such a cause of misery. If he's wheeling up and down outside your house all day holding a lolly stick in the railings so that it makes a sort of constant "thrumming" noise I can appreciate how that might be a little irritating, but otherwise you've lost me, pal.
    Personally, I like the guy.
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    Maybe hearing you say he isn't so bad is part of the misery.

    Because it really doesn't matter what you think. It matters what he is or represents.
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    What does he represent? We attended a public lecture a year ago, he does several free lectures per year, and altho it was interesting there was not much to take away intellectually. The delivery is difficult to follow along.

    The crowd behaviour afterwards, on the other hand, was remarkable. Everyone holding up their mobile to get a picture of the man. The crush of people lasted for quite some time.

    I'd say he represents (1) advancing medical science, (2) overcoming disabilities to a reasonable extent given the circumstances, (3) certainly a potential hook for some young people to pay a bit more attention to physics, if just for the novelty of Hawking's presentations.

    Better him than some of the other pop science icons, ie Dawkins.
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    haha.
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    Spurious,
    you still have not explained what you have against the man. I have always been forthcoming on why I detest Dawkins, so your turn now.
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    It's a large list.

    He knows shit, yet he is pretending to know it all, or even worse, to be on the track to know it all.

    His brain is addled by his geek syndrome, yet it doesn't stop him from thinking it is normal to be a geek. Nor does he realize that he is the product of a faulty brain. Nor does he realize the limitations of the normal brain. Nor does he realize the even greater limitations of the geek brain. He actually seems to think it enhances his thinking capacity. The only thing it does is to channel more resources on artifical paths of reasoning.


    Nuff said.

    Humans should always remember that they are human. Anyone who thinks he is more should be put out of his misery and ours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Maybe hearing you say he isn't so bad is part of the misery.

    Because it really doesn't matter what you think. It matters what he is or represents.
    Eloquently put and thanks for taking the trouble to explain your argument in such clear terms and with such a refined grasp of the English language. Food for thought indeed! I tip my hat to you, sir, and consider myself a better man for having been exposed to the shining torch of your reason. :-D

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    Yet it is still late summer in Helsinki. The sun still remains above the horizon for an appreciable time. It just seem a little early for depression.
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