Stephen Hawkings was considered to be one the greatest minds of our time, with thoughts derived from his exceptional understanding of science and physics. While many of his predictions, assessments, and opinions were controversial and erred on the side of liberal beliefs, there’s no denying his incredible intelligence, even if you disagree with his ideas.
The world-renowned physicist made a lot of big and but wild predictions at the end of his life – from a robot apocalypse to the demise of planet earth. They drew a lot of criticism and conversation. However, perhaps his most controversial prediction he saved until the end. Practically using his final breath on this planet to share a chilling announcement about President Trump, before descending into wherever he feels he was going after he died as a man who was vocal about not believing in God or the afterlife. This fact alone is a chilling thought, but his prediction about Trump was not much better.
Hawking feelings about Trump were not well known and not positive, based specifically on their differences in the category which the physicist was most focused on. He had recently referred to Trump as “a demagogue” and in the same sentence, insulted the mass majority of Americans who voted for him and support him still by claiming that Trump only appeals to “the lowest common denominator.” Exactly a year before he died, he said that he does not feel welcome in “Donald Trump’s America,” which after insults doesn’t take a genius to realize where they’re not welcome. However, he left this planet expecting to enter outer space with one final insult to the president and Americans’ intelligence.
Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s greatest minds, there are few who would dispute that.
When he spoke, the world listened. Now we hope that the world will continue to listen, particularly to this stark warning he gave about Donald Trump.
The President of the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord last June, saying it was detrimental to the American workforce. Before Donald Trump was even elected as president, Hawking described him as “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
But the most intelligent man on earth told the BBC the Republican’s decision on Paris could eventually see Earth turn into a planet like Venus with a temperature of 250°C.
Hawkings’ prediction, which was more of a warning based on his own beliefs about climate change which seem to have been mostly unfounded, was that Trump’s supposed ignorance on the issue will be the end of the world.
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250C, and raining sulphuric acid,” the frail physicist said.
“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now. By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
The Cambridge professor, who has suffered from motor neuron disease since his twenties, also said our days on earth were numbered. “I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome,” he said. “There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. ‘The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”
Like most of what Hawkings has said over the past five decades, it’s extreme, and not to be taken as gospel simply because he’s technically a brilliant man. He formed his own opinion based on science, but science isn’t everything that determines the fate of our being – God is as the ultimate creator of our planet.
It seems that the most brilliant and honest thing Hawkings has ever said is one quote he’s well known for, which is ironic today: “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” Perhaps this highly intelligent physicist is actually a great illusionist.
In attempting to validate Hawkings’ final prediction of Trump, one must consider the other predictions he made within this past year which are nothing short of insane.
Newsweek provided a list of the most preposterous predictions Hawkings made from 2017-18:
We Have Only 100 Years Left On Earth
Thanks to modern day healthcare, 100 years is nearly a lifetime, but this May, Hawking proposed that this is how long humans have left on Earth, Wired reported. This is a stark shift backward from the 1,000 years time limit that Hawking had predicted in 2016.
According to Hawking in his BBC science series, Tomorrow’s World, climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth are to blame for the new century-long doomsday clock.
Humans Have To Colonize Another Planet ASAP
In a BBC documentary released earlier this year, titled Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth, the physicist explained his prediction that soon, the human species will have to leave Earth and repopulate somewhere else in the universe, either on a spacecraft or on another planet. The physicist warned that if humans don’t become a multi-planetary species and settle on other worlds, our species could die out within the next century.
Earth Will Glow Red And Become As Hot As Venus
In July, Hawking told the BBC that humanity is at a “tipping point” where global warming would become so bad that Earth will “become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees celcius, and raining sulfuric acid.” Sounds lovely.
By 2600, Earth Will Not Be Able To Keep Up With Population Growth
In November of this year, at a Tencent WE Summit, an annual forum where top scientists and professionals gather to share ideas on science and technology, Hawking predicted that due to the increasing human population, by 2600, the world’s electricity consumption will make our once-blue planet glow fire-red, Geek Wire reported. According to Hawking, the global population has been doubling every 40 years, and our planet can only take so much.
“This exponential growth cannot continue into the next millennium,” explained Hawking, Geek Wire reported.“By the year 2600, the world’s population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot.”
AI Will Replace Humans And Take Over The World
In 2017, Stephen Hawking has been quite vocal with his concerns regarding robots and artificial intelligence. This November, Hawking explained he believes that AI will reach a point where it will ultimately become a completely new form of life that will outperform and eventually replace humans, CNBC reported.