Monday, 9 August 2010

Is there life on this planet?

I am glad to see that Stephen Hawking, the astronomer, agrees with me and endorses the thesis of Biped Twilight.

‘I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million’, said Hawking.

Hawking added that the world's resources are ‘currently being depleted at a massively-high rate, far beyond what can be replenished naturally or artificially’ and that ‘greed and the quest for profits is making large corporations hinder innovation in fields of scientific investigation of alternative energy sources, and this will soon manifest its effects on the planet’.

Hawking suggests it won’t be pretty, and given his precarious health probably isn’t too worried about it beyond some lingering sympathy for his fellow bipeds. He explains that our species has too much selfishness and aggression hard-wired into its genetic code, which was useful for survival 30,000 years ago but will soon blow us up, one way or another.

Hawking hopes the race will head off into the galaxies pronto so that a few bipeds will survive before the Earth bites it as a human habitat. However, he is significantly silent on whether he thinks that will happen. Current indications are negative. [below].