Most Intelligent Man

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Stephen Hawking is an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and perhaps the most intelligent man on earth. He has advanced the general theory of relativity farther than any person since Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, Hawking is afflicted with ALS Syndrome (Lou Gehrig’s disease). It will eventually take his life. He has been confined to a wheelchair for years, where he can do little more than sit and think. Hawking has lost the ability even to speak, and now he communicates by means of a computer that is operated from the tiniest movement of his fingertips.

    Quoting from an Omni magazine article: “He is too weak to write, feed himself, comb his hair, fix his glasses—all this must be done for him. Yet this most dependent of all men has escaped invalid status. His personality shines through the messy details of his existence.”

    Hawking said that before he became ill, he had very little interest in life. He called it a “pointless existence” resulting from sheer boredom. He drank too much and did very little work. Then he learned he had ALS Syndrome and was not expected to live more than two years. The ultimate effect of that diagnosis, beyond its initial shock, was extremely positive. He claimed to have been happier after he was afflicted than before. How can that be understood? Hawking provided the answer.

    “When one’s expectations are reduced to zero,” he said, “one really appreciates everything that one does have.” Stated another way: contentment in life is determined in part by what a person anticipates from it. To a man like Hawking who thought he would soon die quickly, everything takes on meaning—a sunrise or a walk in a park or the laughter of children. Suddenly, each small pleasure becomes precious. By contrast, those who believe life owes them a free ride are often discontent with its finest gifts.

    James Dobson, New Man, October, 1994, p. 36.
     
  2. matt wade

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    What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn't prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary. [Stephen W. Hawking, Der Spiegel, 1989]

    One does not have to appeal to God to set the initial conditions for the creation of the universe, but if one does He would have to act through the laws of physics. [Stephen Hawking, Black Holes & Baby Universes]
     
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    What pompous nonsense Hawking spouts. He can try to intellectualize God away for his adoring fans -- but the truth is he knows there is a God and he knows he will face Him on Judgment Day.

    He has been humbled somewhat by his physical limitations --but not to the point of contrition to the One True God to which he is accountable. One second after death it will be too late for him. One second after death he will certainly believe in God --though not a believer in the salvific sense.

    He can impress the impressionable all he wants. But it won't matter a whit in light of eternity. The praise of people means absolutely nothing --when praise for the Lord is absent from his currently time-dwelling soul.
     
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    Most intelligent man? Isn't President Obama in the running? ;-)

    Have those two men ever been in the same proverbial room together?
     
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    People love their Gods. I hear Neil deGrasse Tyson gets $70 a ticket.
     

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