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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

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    No just a coincidence. Hawkings was an atheist but it was never something he made a big issue out of and yet the number of christians (not a personal reference to you tude dog or anyone else on this forum just a general comment) whose comments on his death centre round not his scientific achievements or the phenomenal strength of character he must have had but on his stated non belief in a god as if that somehow diminished what he had to say. Some even rejoice in his death and their malicious delight in the belief he is going to hell. Pathetic.
    First of all, I was expecting someone to question my math.

    I did not know he was an atheist, and not surprised to learn that as I really never knew much about him.

    Just making a comment for discussion.

    I mean really, if the big guy wanted to make a mathematical statement, it would not be one of mathematical probability. So me thinks.
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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by tude dog View Post
    First of all, I was expecting someone to question my math.

    I did not know he was an atheist, and not surprised to learn that as I really never knew much about him.

    Just making a comment for discussion.

    I mean really, if the big guy wanted to make a mathematical statement, it would not be one of mathematical probability. So me thinks.
    I assumed you meant it tongue in cheek following on from saint's post and the subsequent ones. I knew he was an atheist and a surprising number of eulogists have brought it up especially in america with a kind of ya boo god's got you now delight in his passing that's why I was thinking about it.

    He was also left wing in his politics being notably very hostile to the attempts to privatise the NHS. Some day I might even read his book

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    If you were to believe Pahu's out of context quotes he would have you believe he actually lectured to prove the existence of a God. But that's Pahu for you.

    Hawking has been living on borrowed time for the past 50+ years. He just had the will power to prove the doctors wrong, yet throughout his life always had the utmost respect & gratitude to them & the NHS in general. It's just a shame that it happened right now, when he was about to take Jeremy Hunt to court regarding the privatisation of the NHS. Jeremy Hunt, incidentally, being the one who actually had the gall to say that Stephen Hawking didn't understand statistics. In actual fact, Stephne Hawking understood statistics better than anyone. The difference is that he would use them to demonstrate the full facts - not cherry pick & misinterpret so as to promote a lie.

    I understand his ashes are to be interred in Westminster Abbey next to Isaac Newton. No doubt an honour, but I feel he would have preferred to have had them shot into space.

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    I would have thought his wishes on the matter of disposal of his ashes were in his will if he doesn't want them interred in westminster abbey they won't be and any service would be for his family's benefit not his.

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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by tude dog View Post
    First of all, I was expecting someone to question my math.

    I did not know he was an atheist, and not surprised to learn that as I really never knew much about him.

    Just making a comment for discussion.

    I mean really, if the big guy wanted to make a mathematical statement, it would not be one of mathematical probability. So me thinks.
    I would question whether PI day was chosen to be on the 14th March *because* that's Einstein's birthday in which case it could be 1:365.25 :-)

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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    I would question whether PI day was chosen to be on the 14th March *because* that's Einstein's birthday in which case it could be 1:365.25 :-)
    What are you talking about?

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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

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    What are you talking about?
    Post #11 and Tude's maths

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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    Post #11 and Tude's maths
    My calculations are based on three random events happening on the same day of a year.

    For simpl8icity I used 365 days as the year. Just making a point.

    PI DAY has nothing to do with Einstein and certainly the death of Hawkins was not planned.

    or maybe it was?
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    Re: Stephen Hawking RIP

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    I was reminded of the story of the discovery of LSD which I assume you've heard but just in case...

    It was an innocent senior and serious chemist who made it just to see if it would or as a failed effort trying to achieve something else, with no idea whatever of any potential hallucinatory effects. Didn't work and he got on his bicycle and went home, unaware that he'd got the stuff on his fingers in large amounts.

    His bicycle ride home was interesting as the LSD soaked in and the trees started to smile and the sky to horripilate...

    Scientists - cosmologists in particular - don't need hallucinatory drugs. They are already hooked on something much more potent and addictive. And waaaay more constructive.

    edit: OTOH two of the most successful Computing Science people I've known have been at one time heroin abusers...

    edit edit: chicken and egg?
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