Hawking: People, ever more greedy and stupid destroy the world



Global warming, mass shootings, global instability and overpopulation are all concerns humanity faces, but what is the greatest risk to all of us? Larry King asked scientific genius Stephen Hawking, who explained that there is a lot to be worried about.

King last spoke to Hawking six years ago, when Hawking said: “Mankind is in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.” On Monday, King checked in with him to see what has changed in the past six years.

We have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid,” Hawking replied.

Hawking gave a quick recap of what the world looks like in 2016, saying: “Six years ago, I was warning about pollution and overcrowding, they have gotten worse since then.

The population has grown by half a billion since our last interview, with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100. Air pollution has increased by 8 percent over the past five years. More than 80 percent of inhabitants of urban areas are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution,” he said.

Despite the grim outlook for our civilization, Hawking said pollution, what he felt was the biggest problem facing humanity, had still not been addressed.

The increase in air pollution and the emission of increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Will we be too late to avoid dangerous levels of global warming?” he said.

But that isn’t the only thing Hawking is concerned about. When asked about the dangers of artificial intelligence, Hawking explained that increases in technology may be coming at a steep cost, saying: “Governments seem to be engaged in an AI arms race, designing planes and weapons with intelligent technologies. The funding for projects directly beneficial to the human race, such as improved medical screening seems a somewhat lower priority.

That does not mean that artificial intelligence may not come without a cost.

Artificial intelligence has the potential to evolve faster than the human race. Beneficially AI could co-exist with humans,” but there must be a line drawn, Hawking said. “Once machines reach the critical stage of being able to evolve themselves, we cannot predict whether their goals will be the same as ours.

Hawking is at the Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands where, this year, the festival is dedicated to the lifelong researcher. Hawking has been a large presence in science and mathematics, and his reputation precedes him. One of the many unique things about Hawking is how well he has beaten the odds. Having lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Hawking has become gradually paralyzed over the decades. The majority of ALS patients die of respiratory failure within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. However, Hawking has made it to 50 years and counting.

When asked what keeps him going, Hawking replied: “There are questions I want to answer.


Mankind is in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.

hate yourselves people of earth..you are a cancer..

“Global warming, mass shootings, global instability and overpopulation are all concerns humanity faces”

mass shootings..but not wars?

oh and the old favorites, global warming and over population.. *sigh

personally IDGAF what mr hawking thinks..he lives in a bubble world..he has no idea what life is really like..


~ by seeker401 on July 5, 2016.

33 Responses to “Hawking: People, ever more greedy and stupid destroy the world”

  1. Hello Seeker.

    I’m sure you’re right, in that he has no idea what life is like.

    The article reminds me of comments posted by William McClenney, a sometime commenter at Judith Curry’s and Anthony Watt’s websites. He wrote an article titled “The sky is falling, or revising the nine times rule.”

    In part one of it, he stated that “…due to the Nine Times Rule there is only an 11.1% chance you will be able to follow me. In an advanced course in Psychology taken some 30 years ago I learned that the human being is nine times more susceptible to rumor than it is to fact. That simple rule explains a dramatic amount of human behavior. To prove this rule all one needs to do is accurately answer this simple question: Which religion is the correct one?”

    I imagine that the so-called “nine time rule” might explain some aspects of the Madness of Crowds concept, which AGW hysteria is obviously an example of.

    Anyway, thank you for your work in presenting all this stuff, and my good wishes to you.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  2. Happy fourth 🙂

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  4. The great thinker comes out with the usual trendy list that blames Joe Soap
    avoiding the banksters and warmongers mainly.
    He should see through the CO2 scam and overpopulation – the world is empty . But he was right about the greed but did not point to the elites.

  5. Its a very general “we”. Why not some incisive identification of the leaders or worst examples. I am sure it points back to his elitist buddies in Academia, finance and politics.

    For 10 points, which group of professionals have damaged the global economy, received 100s of billions in funds, exposed for various frauds but received mainly fines and continue their moral hazard?

  6. he didn’t become disabled until he was 21. so he does have some experience with normal life.

    i remember when he came to san francisco about ten years ago. i had several ex-roommates who were strippers. hawking went to their club, and the girls were excitedly lining up to give him lap dances – for free.

  7. You know, just because your body gets screwed up does not mean your mind or brain swells to compensate.
    The universe has never operated based on any human conception of fairness.
    I think he has a point when it comes to overpopulation, though, and we’re already seeing some of the adverse affects of that in third-world slave-labor and the flooding of western countries with illegals & “refugee migrants” (invaders).
    We compassionately feed those who seem unable to feed themselves, and this, in turn, increases the population in those regions beyond the capacity of those regions to support said population. All is fine until the economy of the west collapses & the charity slows to a trickle.
    Then you have war, starvation, disease…a mass die-off of the population, while some of that desperate population seeks to move to areas it sees as possible refuge, thus overwhelming even the regions that might have been able to deal with the economic collapse.
    When we go against nature because “nature isn’t fair & it’s a big bully,” we unbalance reality and set ourselves up for eventual disaster.
    People will be hunting & eating each other due to our shortsighted sense of empathy, just watch and see.

    • overpopulation is just another elite myth. if there’s any group that’s too large, it’s the elites.

      ‘you’ do not compassionately feed anyone. famines are human-caused, political weaponry. this has been proven repeatedly.

      a system that allows billions of the most amazing creations in the universe to reach their full potential is what the world needs, not the endless war and genocide offered by the ‘overpopulation’ agenda.

      • “a system that allows billions of the most amazing creations in the universe to reach their full potential is what the world needs”


      • XXX – You may not believe this but a perfect time is still to come – the 1000 year reign on earth by Jesus where we all have our own farms and are back to vegetarianism as before the flood .

        Isaiah 65:20-22 – “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.”

        Isaiah 65:23-25 – “They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. ” It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the LORD.

        After the 1000 years the devil is loosed and starts another rebellion but it is over quickly then there is a new heaven and earth beginning eternity.

        Revelation 20:7-10 – Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

        They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

        • standard response:

          Jesus never existed! And his tomb is in Kashmir!

          • Even atheist historians agree that the person of Jesus existed .

            Its like saying Julius Caesar or Alexander the great never existed .
            Many dont believe in His resurrection but barely anyone would say He never existed .

      • I don’t think you’re taking into account the large amount of landmass necessary to keep a single human alive…the land necessary to produce the food he eats, the resources dug up or pumped out of land to keep him warm in winter, or to produce the necessary systems to remove the waste he produces or the clothes on his back, or the housing he nests in.
        Also, much of the world in uninhabitable and not useful to any of these purposes, mankind tends to live in and utilize the best property he can find, while leaving the rest to the animals that are displaced to the inferior regions.
        It has been said that every human on Earth could be given a standard suburban tract house & all still live in a space the size of Texas, and while that may be true on the face of it, can you possibly imagine the strategic problems this would cause, with trucking in food, exporting the massive amounts of waste, trying to bring water to every home, finding space for warehousing, & shops, & industry, not to mention the energy production such a megalithic community would require? It is just not as simple as this meme makes it sound.
        You use up more property every day than you think you do.
        Long before overpopulation became a political football, the scientists working on the A-bomb project discussed the maximum population the Earth could hold, without disrupting nature or overly-taxing the other animals we live here with, strictly as a philosophical question. And even with the utilization of what was then considered “wasted land,” such as deserts & swamps, for farmland, the number they agreed on was roughly 11 billion. Of course, at the time, we were not anywhere close to that number, and the birth rate was being kept in check by normal disease & starvation, not to mention war. We have since removed a great deal of that natural culling, and the population of the African continent, as an example, is currently increasing at a million humans a year. We are already seeing the more advanced countries, which have a tendency to have a 0% population growth, being swarmed, & the native populations displaced, by this unnatural, technology-driven increase.
        It may not yet be a problem, but it soon will be, as population growth is becoming exponential. At this point, less is better.

        • I think you are looking at the western model of high tech civilisations – especially america – eg lots of white goods , chemical food , two holidays a year , gross consumerism , most of the GNP going on sports , entertainments , pornography , TV , magazines , needless travel , needless travel of goods – nothing local etc etc etc.
          But ancient civilisations had very high populations PSMile and they fed and lived well.
          But do you know that England ( high tech) is up there with high density PSM and it is empty – I have driven around its many wildernesses for years – and there is practically no destitution – and they throw out enough food to feed the whole of starving Africa – and the throwaway waste of household stuff is incredible .

          I go to a public dump and you would not believe what is chucked – almost brand new stuff.

          Humans shoulder to shoulder could fit on a small island and all they need is food and clothing and a roof .
          A family could survive on less than an acre or two .

          The world is empty . About 100 years ago China had 100’s of millions living off the land no problem – nothing was wasted ( they poo’d in their own fields for fertiliser ) Only Mao brought the deliberate starvation.

          • It is insane to populate your world to the point where individuals must sacrifice their freedoms and natural tendencies to “live” as some cog in a machine, or ant in an anthill, just to stay on the very edge of survival…just to stuff more and more of themselves into a planet they have already populated.
            I do not see teeming, thronging masses of bodies, each without the space around them to breathe, stuffed into megalopolises, just to save the surrounding regions for farmland (and insanely large waste disposal systems).
            This sounds like the perfect description of a dystopia, where humanity is a cheap, easily-replaced commodity, and no one is worth anything due to the fact that the supply of humans far exceeds any need for those humans.
            Why not just stop having so many goddam babies?
            I’d gladly pay people well to undergo sterilization at puberty, rather than flood this world with teeming masses of unnecessary, resource-wasting eaters, rather than keep up this massive, exponential birth rate.
            It would be less costly & more secure a system, in the long run.
            And if you populate this world to the point you speak of, it will take only one ice-age or some other natural disaster to produce a hell on Earth like you cannot even imagine.

            • I came from the edge of a small town – near farms and forests sea rivers
              lochs . I needed nothing to be in bliss and often helped on local farms .

              I dont know what you are searching for but when I was enjoying myself I did not need to steal resources from others . I did not need a private jet or a fancy car – there are enough resources on the planet for a hundred billion plus. The earth is basically empty of humans – what we eat compared to the animal kingdom and the fish kingdoms is a speck .

              We are lonely cogs in your preferred system now more so than in the past or in more primitive societies .

              America and the western nations can only live in luxury at the expense of the rest of the world and its poor – without the poor say in china making laptops for a bowl of rice a day you would not have your laptop but you would have to work for a bowl of rice a day.
              Population growth is essential for your standard of living – this is an economic fact which is covered in economics .

              You and me need to live off the backs of others – not kill them.

              You dont seem to realise that its great to be alive for the simplest of things which is family love . What you propose is a system of Nazism and Communism which is where we are going and you wont like it.

              There is no need to live in massive cities – people can choose – only the elites say we need this – you seem to agree with what they want.

              However your views obviously come from Godlessness – you dont believe that God created us for His and our pleasure and knows when the world is full . Since you think only in cold evolutionary terms with blind chance in charge you will not believe that all that matters is human love for each other.
              That “God is Love , there is no darkness in Him ” will be over your head and you will never see clearly until you dispense with blind chance and realise God is in control of everything and its us who wont listen to His Word and we destroy everything good .

              It is God’s purpose that the maximum numbers of humans are saved for eternal life . “God is patient since He wants all to be saved ” – this is why He appears to delay.

        • the most productive farms are the ones which concentrate human labor. rice, for example, grown organically and with intensive human labor, can yield 4 times the harvest vs methods which do not use intensive human labor.

          american farms alone would be vastly more productive if there were people who were truly interested in living and working on the land. you can’t really have a good life that way, so people aren’t interested. they actually import people from mexico to do most farm work.

          all 7 billion people could be fed very well, every single day, if economies would allow for farms that use intensive human labor.

          however, with the current system, where wealth flows to a small number of people and is actively denied to others, 7 billion people cannot be supported, and are not being supported.

          earth is certainly finite, but if our human systems supported each human becoming his or her full potential, we could easily hold 10 billion or more.

          • earth is certainly finite, but if our human systems supported each human becoming his or her full potential, we could easily hold 10 billion or more.

  8. are we sure it is him, St. H., who speaks through the machine? or it’s just about the PR of “suitable” memes?

    • good point..

    • “PAPER UPDATE, added 4/22/15, Stephen Hawking died and has been replaced. To create confusion around this paper, someone (probably at the behest of Intelligence) created an internet death hoax for Hawking two days after it was posted. The death hoax got over a million likes at Facebook and was reported on widely in the mainstream press. Curious timing, no?”


  9. seek, i know you can’t see the ads… thought you would get a laugh out of this screenshot….

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