Stephen Hawking: aggression 'threatens to destroy us all'

Forget Armageddon asteroids, global plagues and super volcanoes. British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says we're in front of a much more instant threat -- and it's our own behaviour.

“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told competition winner Adaeze Uyanwah, according to the Independent. “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.”

Uyanwah, a 24-year-old from California, secured the "Guest of Honor" competition from The prize bundle comprised of a tour of London's Science Museum with Hawking.

While being shown around, Uyanwah questioned Hawking which human inadequacy he would most like to change, and which peculiarity he'd improve.

Hawking chose aggression and cautioned that a nuclear war could end civilization and probably the human race. We need to substitute aggression with compassion, which "brings us together in a peaceful loving state,” he said.

The subject of "The Theory of Everything" also expressed to her that the future of man lays beyond Earth.

"I trust that the long-term future of the human race must be space and that it signifies an important life insurance for our future existence, as it could avert the vanishing of humanity by colonizing other planets," Hawking said, according to the Cambridge News.

Hawking said setting humans on the moon "changed the future of the human race in ways that we don't yet recognise."

"It hasn't solved any of our instant problems on planet Earth," Hawking said. "But it has given us new viewpoints on them and triggered us to look both outward and inward."

Uyanwah said meeting Hawking will stay with her for the rest of her life.

"It's unbelievable to think that decades from now, when my grandchildren are studying Stephen Hawking's theories in science class, I'll be able to tell them I had a personal gathering with him and perceived his views first hand," Uyanwah said, according to The Daily Mail. "It's something I'll never forget."


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