Stephen Hawking, the physicist who has become one of the world’s outstanding experts on how the universe operates, says that he doesn’t expect the human race on planet Earth to survive the next 1,000 years.
The only thing that can save humanity from being doomed is to continue space exploration, insists Hawking.
“We must continue to go into space for humanity. We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet,” he said
“To understand the universe at the deepest level, we have to understand why is there something rather than nothing,” Hawking told those in attendance, via The Independent. “Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws, and not some other? I believe the answers to all of these things is M-theory.”
The 71-year old scientist made his dire prediction during remarks at Los Angeles’ Cedar Sinai Medical Center where Hawking had been invited to tour the facility’s stem cell research laboratory.
Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a devastating neurological disorder back in 1963, and despite his medical condition, has gone on to an award-winning career as a scientist, author and lecturer. He has survived and managed to thrive longer than many other individuals with ALS.
In his remarks in Los Angeles, Hawking characterized Earth’s condition as “fragile” and encouraged continued exploration of the worlds beyond this one.
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