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article imageStephen Hawking: We might be in some giant goldfish bowl

By Andrew Moran     Sep 13, 2010 in Science
Stephen Hawking, considered one of the greatest minds of our time, sat down with Parade Magazine on Sunday to discuss his life, the universe and the future of space exploration.
Stephen Hawking, the Director of Research at Cambridge University’s for Theoretical Cosmology and author of the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time,” has been the news quite frequently this year over some of his controversial remarks, including the possible alien threat to our planet, humanity leaving Earth or face extinction and God not creating the universe.
On Sunday, Hawking spoke with Parade Magazine to discuss his life, the universe and the future of space exploration, all of which he provides an optimistic viewpoint that could inspire many young scientists around the globe.
Hawking first said that we might have a distorted view of outside our world and that we might also be in one giant goldfish bowl: “There is no unique picture of reality. The goldfish’s view is as valid as our own.”
On the topic of time-travel, which he has been a proponent of for a long time; Hawking says it used to be science fiction but now more scientists are realizing that Albert Einstein’s infamous general theory of relativity allows for space and time to be warped:
“I was one of the first to write about the conditions under which this would be possible. I showed it would require matter with negative energy density, which may not be available. Other scientists took courage from my paper and wrote further papers on the subject.”
A lot of space exploration is being conducted now by robots but, Hawking argues, the human species is an “adventurous species.” Hawking added: “We like to explore and are inspired by journeys to the unknown. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion. Exploration by real people inspires us.”
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