I like Stephen Hawking, but someone needs to have a little chat with him because today’s comments are simply ridiculous. In fact, his comments make me wonder why humans won’t do the right thing for a change, by doing what is necessary now to avert disaster on earth, our only home, instead of following Hawking’s suggestion to evacuate the planet? It disgusts me to know that some people — yes, even scientists, who should know better! — think it is acceptable behavior to abandon earth after we have finished trashing the place, rather than changing our behavior to prevent things from worsening and also trying to fix the mess that we created — just as our mommies wanted us to do when we were wee brats.
According to Hawking’s scenario, I envision humans as the rats of the universe; filthy, violent, rapacious, traveling from one planet to another just as rats hitchhiked on ships from one oceanic island to another, destroying everything until the last habitable island (planet) within reach has been ruined. Is that the sort of legacy that we, as a species, want to be known for? At least rats did not actively plan out their next conquest, as humans seem to be doing.
I think Hawking’s idea is absolutely stupid!
Further, besides being the right thing to do, it would be a lot cheaper to change our ways and would also save millions of deserving animals and plants (which have unwisely shared their home with us — I’ll bet the predatory animals out there are wondering why they didn’t eat all our ancestors when they had the chance).