Stephen Hawking says Philosophy is Dead!

I tend to agree with him..

Stephen Hawking tells Google ‘philosophy is dead’

Physicist Stephen Hawking has told Google's Zeitgeist conference that philosophers have not kept up with science and their art is dead

Professor Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen Hawking Photo: DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, has declared that “Philosophy is dead”.

Speaking to Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in Hertfordshire, the author of 'A Brief History of Time' said that fundamental questions about the nature of the universe could not be resolved without hard data such as that currently being derived from the Large Hadron Collider and space research. “Most of us don't worry about these questions most of the time. But almost all of us must sometimes wonder: Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead,” he said. “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.”

Prof Hawking went on to claim that “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.” He said new theories “lead us to a new and very different picture of the universe and our place in it”.

In a 40-minute speech, Prof Hawking said that the new “M Theory” of the universe was the “unified theory Einstein was hoping to find”. He compared the idea to the computer programme Google Earth, saying it was a “map” of theories, but added that a new, bigger Hadron Collider the size of the Milky Way was needed to collect more data to prove it.

“This technology is some way off,” he said, “and I don't think even Google could afford to build it.”

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Comment by Bill on May 19, 2011 at 10:31am

Big words, bottles of wine , the chance at a university education, the power that involves the human mind. Can we use it for the benefit of mankind or do we segregate ourselves into different factions of understanding that only work for some and not others.

I like that painting you don't. We both use toothpaste and need gas to get to work.

philosophy is comparative study. Science is fact.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 10:43am
Can you provide the scientific fact establishing the civilian death toll of the war in Iraq?
Comment by Bill on May 19, 2011 at 10:51am
look it up
Comment by Bill on May 19, 2011 at 10:55am

I know the number is 1 more than necessary


Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 11:00am

I have looked it up Bill - although it does not return a scientific certainty.

Comment by Dan on May 19, 2011 at 11:46am

@Sassan K.

"Those are questions to be discussed and debated; but philosophy as a subject and as a discipline  for all practical matters, is finished."


The ignorance of that self-contradictory statement is trumped only by Hawking's. Hawking is obviously a brilliant physicist. But he should stick to what he knows.

Comment by Albert Bakker on May 19, 2011 at 11:48am
It is understandable with such a busy schedule that he mustn't have had much time to keep up with philosophy.
Comment by Sassan K. on May 19, 2011 at 11:50am
Why waste time with philosophy when there are real subject matters to be studied?
Comment by Sassan K. on May 19, 2011 at 11:51am
My assertion is clear; where knowledge and science begins, philosophy ends. We can have debates and arguments on positions such as the ones mentioned by "ieatdinosaurmeat"; but I don't think scientists take philosophy seriously at all. Mainly religious people and "spiritual" thinkers are the one who remain who take philosophy serious to try to boost their own egos and morale when they arguments lack scientific and empirical merit.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 12:05pm
@Dan - he doesn't get it at all though. It seems there are a few people on here who have no idea what philosophy is but who continue forth with baseless assertions that it just doesn't matter. How can one even engage that position?


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