Someone told me today that the mass media was reporting the death of the famous science publicity idol “Stephen Hawking”.
Much controversy surrounded Mr. Hawking’s publicity as his-story and his theories defied reason.
Stephen Hawking was:
paraded on the world science tour as a genius in theoretical science (mathematical models).
A pre-programmed (scripted) voice synth uses a computer to amplify the text to audio output to speakers for the audience to be amazed and entertained.
Yes, the speech is prepared ahead of time because (the reason given to a CBS news report that) a single cheek muscle is used to “type one to two words per minute” – that is a long time to wait. Thus, the computer voice synth is not the live, real-time response that it appears to be.
That fact should call into question why have him on interview shows and other live appearances at all?
Why not simply type in his replies and read it as a recorded message?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a fatal illness.
Medical Journals report “ALS is a progressive neurological disease that causes dysfunction of the nerves that control muscle movement. Over time, this leads to muscle weakness, gradually affecting how the body functions. In the late stages of ALS, the condition affects nerves that control breathing and other vital bodily functions, resulting in death.”
ALS is the most common type of motor neuron disease (MND); in America, most people use the term ALS to mean MND.
- Stephen Hawking (age 74) was born on 8 January 1942.
- Hawking’s condition was first diagnosed when he was 21, and he was not expected to see his 25th birthday.
- The average life expectancy of ALS patients after diagnosis is between 2-5 years [yet, his miraculous longevity was a anomaly].
- Common symptoms of ALS include weakness in the limbs and difficulties with speech and breathing.
- Progressive muscle weakness and paralysis eventually occur in all people with ALS.
- A very rare condition that affects the nervous system (neurological condition). –Archived 18 Aug 2016
I recall previous reports about this science idol from years past:
One of the casualties in modern physics has been the natural philosopher. If natural philosophers had retained their primary role in physics, instead of having it usurped by mathematicians like Einstein, Hawking, and many others who jumped on the bandwagon, we might have fewer “visions of God” in their “beautiful” mathematical equations and a better grounding in the extent of our ignorance.
–Nobel Prize For Big Bang Is A Fizzer