By Alex Berezow — May 4, 2017
There's no doubt that Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant scientists to have ever lived. There's also no doubt that he enjoys giving his opinion on topics of which he knows absolutely nothing.
A few years ago, Dr. Hawking got into trouble for claiming, "Philosophy is dead." It was a strange thing for a theoretical physicist to assert, not only because theoretical physics has direct implications for philosophy but because the entire scientific enterprise is predicated upon epistemology. (That's the philosophical discipline that seeks to answer one of the most important questions humanity has ever asked: How do we know what we claim to know?)
Dr. Hawking has also proposed that, if aliens exist, they're probably like the ones from Independence Day that will murder everybody and take our stuff......To Read More....
My Take - For years I've kept hearing how brilliant this man is so I started paying attention to his "pronouncements" from on high. He might be brilliant in some way in his particular brand of science, which I'm more than happy to admit I don't understand, but it seems to me he's like a lot of over educated under smart people who need to stay in his little world and let people more interested in history, logic, facts and reality than they are speculation and the public spot light make the "pronouncements". Personally, outside his area of expertise - I don't think he's all that bright.