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.
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 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is currently no cure to this disease.
Hollywood celebrities including Russell Brand, Justin Bieber, Iggy Azalea, Nina Dobrev, Taylor Swift, Robert Downey, Jr., Selena Gomez, Chloe Moretz, Oprah Winfrey, George Bush, Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour have jumped on the band wagon and gamely volunteered for a soaking in a bid to raise cash for charities dedicated to researching the debilitating condition.
This was actually a fund-raising project until it became a viral youtube sensation. The feat is to dump a bucket of ice water on yourself or have a lucky friend do it. You then get to nominate other people who have to comply within 24 hours. Not completing the challenge within the allotted time will require the nominee to donate to the ALS Association. Actually, though many had taken the challenge, they still have donated money. Accepting the challenge was a fun thing to do and actually drive more in people to grow the awareness of such activity.
Here are some of Pinoy celebrities left soaking wet and shivering showing how ALS Ice Bucket Challenge should be approached:
Julie Anne San Jose
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is completely positive, to my mind – the fund raises money, the celebs do good things and get some bit of popularity, and we see this fun videos of them with crazy faces.