Physicist Stephen Hawking‘s final book, which was completed by his family after his death, was just published on October 16.
Brief Answers to Big Questions offers responses to questions that Hawking received the most when he was still alive, including those about the existence of aliens.
“There are forms of intelligent life out there. We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further.”
Others addressed the possibility of artificial intelligence outsmarting humans and ones referring to time travel.
“Travel back in time can’t be ruled out according to our present understanding.”
He also predicted that “within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System.”
The scientist, who died on March 26, also wrote about the existence of God.
“There is no God. No one directs the universe. For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God.
“I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature.”
In most of his adult life, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He passed away while working on the said book.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is the muscle wasting and hardening of voluntary muscles.
A person with ALS usually succumbs to carbon dioxide poisoning. This is a bi-product that we normally breath out during exhalation. A person with ALS eventually gets where the lungs and breathing is too weak to put off this product and this eventually causes respiratory failure. Use of a BiPap does help to prolong the build up of the Carbon dioxide (CO2) but eventually the lungs do shut completely down. Under some circumstances a person with ALS can succumb to choking or pneumonia. However they usually pass away from the CO2 build-up/respiratory failure.
Life is much the same for a person with ALS or a person with a spinal cord injury. They both need constant care, as they are not able to feed or groom themselves.
Here’s the video of the report from ABS-CBN:
Over the past few weeks, social media has been teeming with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge was Initially kick-started as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for neurodegenerative disease.
ALS is a mystery. It is not known what triggers this deadly disease or how to prevent or cure it.
There’s been an ongoing challenge lately that’s sweeping across social media. It mainly involves pouring a bucket of chilling icy water on your head. Next is you need to post it on your Facebook account then tag and challenge others to do the same. The purpose: To raise awareness about a neurodegenerative disorder commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The ice bucket challenge started among golfers to show support in pet charities. In a matter of weeks, it has become a huge fundraising feat for people with ALS.
The campaign got the attention of sports groups and celebrities like Justin Timberlake. Even Facebook Executive Mark Zuckerberg shared his take last August 14. Cool!
Here’s the video of Zuckerberg’s dare:
Then he tagged 3 people to accept the dare:
Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie challenged me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
I accepted his challenge, and now I’m challenging Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Reed Hastings next.
You guys have 24 hours to complete the challenge or you have to donate to the ALS foundation — or both.
Finding ways to treat and cure ALS is an important cause. Find out more here: http://www.alsa.org
His post gained 307, 128 likes, 40, 510 shares, and 292 comments.
After 2 days, Bill Gates took the challenge. In an interview, he said he wanted to beat all the previous challengers.
I’m glad to give to ALS, it’s a great cause. I want to accept this challenge and do it better than it’s been done.
So before he braved the freezing cold water, he drew up a design in which the bucket is suspended in beams and connected to a rope below.
After a series of blowtorch and metal beams, Gates is ready. Before he pulls the rope, he says,
I’m here to join the people bringing attention to Lou Gehrig’s disease by taking the ALS ice bucket challenge. I’m going to challenge three more people: Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest, and Chris Anderson of TED, you have 24 hours. Good luck.
Here’s the video of Gates’ bucket challenge:
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