Hawking astronaut!

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What exactly has he done for the world. Now, don't you come over here with this Hawking radiation stuff because that has NO value for the world what so ever. A doctor or a teacher has done much more for our society than some estranged theoretical physicist.

marlon
Okay, if we are eliminating his contributions to his field, then we should also eliminate his handicap from the equation as well. If he was able to walk, talk, write on a blackboard, type, use a computer as easily as the average teacher would his contributions to the world have been greater?

Stephen Hawking from his website said:
My dreams at that time were rather disturbed. Before my condition had been diagnosed, I had been very bored with life. There had not seemed to be anything worth doing. But shortly after I came out of hospital, I dreamt that I was going to be executed. I suddenly realised that there were a lot of worthwhile things I could do if I were reprieved. Another dream, that I had several times, was that I would sacrifice my life to save others. After all, if I were going to die anyway, it might as well do some good.
http://www.hawking.org.uk/disable/dindex.html" [Broken]
 
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Eventually you will be afflicted, and then you will appreciate how hard it is to accomplish anything if you were even a fraction as disabled as SH.

Most people diagnosed with Lou Gherigs disease die (of a broken heart) in less then 4 years. SH is one of the most successful disabled people of all time, and anyone who made comments like yours is immature, insensitive, and looked upon with disrespect by anyone who has seen real life.
 
even if it wasnt safe..

you dont think Hawking would give up his life to go to outer space? If ANYONE deserves to go its him.. no matter what his condition.
 

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Actually, 9 million copies really is not that much if you consider that such books are read by a limited audience and their interest is mostly very temporary. How many of these people actually become physicists ? That is the number you should have been giving me.
Actually, no. You compared him to a teacher. I've had physics teachers, English teachers, history teachers, psychology teachers - and I'm not a physicst, writer, historian, or psychologist. By your own logic, those are all useless as well.

Your analogy, not mine.

And that is setting aside, of course, the fact that Hawking is a teacher. :rolleyes: (even if by now he only gives a few lectures a year)
 
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I admire Hawking not only becouse of his contributions to theoretical physics .
Can you imagine under what circumstances he works and made most of his discoveries marlon?I'm relatively healthy person and it's hard for me to imagine
all the difficulties he encounters during the work, at such level of a body disability.



you really cared about Ms.Spears shaving her head?
Hmm...I cared much more when she shaved something else. :blushing:
 
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Actually, no. You compared him to a teacher. I've had physics teachers, English teachers, history teachers, psychology teachers - and I'm not a physicst, writer, historian, or psychologist. By your own logic, those are all useless as well.
You missed the point or i don't get your point but what you claim in your last sentence is not at all what i said. All teachers are far more valuable than him for the reasons i gave above.

Your analogy, not mine.
Exactly, but you reacted (incorrectly) to it. You started talking about raising physical awareness and i argued that this concept is meaningless, teaching people to acquire good jobs is NOT. THAT is my point.

And that is setting aside, of course, the fact that Hawking is a teacher. :rolleyes: (even if by now he only gives a few lectures a year)
I knew you were gonna say this. Well, let me give you some inside information about how Hawking works. As a matter of fact, the guy sitting next to me EVERY DAY is a Cambridge graduate how knows a thing or two about Hawking. He does NOT teach at all, he just gives some lectures about his own work. THAT IS NOT TEACHING. Also, these lectures serve no purpose but giving Hawking the chance to talk about his own work. There is nothing wrong with that but this does NOT equal "helping people to get ahead in life", which isTHE main aim of education.

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We are talking about a man who could have let himself be a burden and drain on society, who instead is a physicist, author, lecturer (albeit only occasionally) and overall a valuable contributing member of that society. Have teachers inspired more people to do something useful with their lives? Yeah probably, certainly as a group. Taken individually, I'm not so sure they have inspired more people, most have not reached as many people as he has in some form.

Also, who better to take a space flight than a man who can appreciate and express the intricacies of the experience to others?
 

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