Stephen Hawking advocates for empathy

Stephen Hawking advocates for empathy February 20, 2015

Humanism For The Win: Stephen Hawking says empathy should replace aggression to avoid a nuclear war and promote “a peaceful, loving state.”

Hawking, speaking at London’s Science Museum, said:

The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.

A major nuclear war would be the end of civilisation, and maybe the end of the human race.

The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.

Hawking added that human space exploration was ‘life insurance’ for the human race and must continue:

Sending humans to the moon changed the future of the human race in ways that we don’t yet understand.

It hasn’t solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward.

I believe that the long term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonising other planets.

Hawking made his remarks while giving a tour of London’s Science Museum to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah, who beat 10,000 international entrants to win a special trip to London to meet with the famous scientist.

Hawking has always been a staunch advocate for the exploration of space, and believes that space travel offers the best hope for the human species, once noting that space travel “could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets.”

(H/T Daily Mail)

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