Humanity can not survive thousands of years, if it does not find a new habitat — outside "of our fragile planet." So says famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, which entered the top ten geniuses of our time. 71-year-old scientist has called for the salvation of the human race to actively explore the cosmos.
His opinion was expressed by a lecture in one of the medical centers in Los Angeles, reports CBS. "It is necessary to understand how the universe works, and it can be controlled," — he said.
And he gave advice: "Look at the stars, not feet. Be curious," "Whatever hard life is, you can always find a case in which succeed."
Hawking is not the first time voiced the idea of finding a new, extra-terrestrial home for mankind. He expressed a similar idea in 2006, and in 2011, said: "Our only chance of long-term survival — does not harbor on the planet Earth, and spread out in space."
In this case, Hawking believes that, in many parts of the universe there is a biological life, but warns against contact with her. "Some forms of possessing consciousness of life may represent a great danger to us. I do not rule out that our planet can be conquered and plundered by aliens," — he said in one of his popular TV shows in 2010.
The argument offered scientist to look at the experience of humanity itself. "If aliens ever visit us, I think the result will be in much the same way as the result of the expedition of Columbus for Native Americans — its development is over for them is not very favorable," — said the Briton.
In a Los Angeles medical center Stephen Hawking made a tour of the stem cell laboratory, where trying to find a way to slow the progression of an incurable disease — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system in the U.S. is called Lou Gehrig's disease. She discovered that Hawking 50 years ago, when he was still at Cambridge.
The head of the medical center has admitted that he could not explain the longevity Hawking, because the majority of people with this diagnosis rarely live more than a dozen years. In humans, more and more difficulty breathing, and muscles weaken until immobilization. According to the director, he met patients, "centenarians." "But 50 years — it is unusual, to say the least," — he added.
Hawking himself says that the terrible diagnosis put him at 21 years, plunged into a deep depression. He was aiming for a doctoral degree, and after learning about the disease, it was decided that it was senseless. In the end, he still continued his studies and, as the years have shown, for good reason. Hawking has gained immense popularity and outside the academic world — at the very public, which drew esoteric physics. Books scientist in this field have been bestsellers — they diverge million copies worldwide.
Now Stephen Hawking, confined to a wheelchair, around the clock needs assistance. The only movement he can do on your own — it's to pull his cheek. Communication takes place via the built-in wheel chair computer that is sending thoughts host monotone robot.
But in spite of this situation, Hawking remains active in all senses. For example, in 2007 the scientist was in conditions of weightlessness, as in space ships. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded the British one of the country's highest awards for civilians — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.