Stephen Hawking Passes at 76

Today’s Thought

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
~Stephen Hawking

hawking_brief_historyI first became aware of Stephen Hawking in a bookstore back in 1988. While searching for the latest Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, I came across an interesting looking book titledĀ A Brief History of Time. I was reading everything I could get my hands on about popular physics at the time and Hawking’s book was among the best I’d read. He was among the first to try to describe what being inside a black hole would be like and, of course, he believed he’d found a mathematical equation for the beginning of the universe that required no care-taker God.

A couple years later he appeared on my favorite TV show – Star Trek: The Next Generation – in a holodeck scene with Data, an actor playing Albert Einstein and an actor playing Isaac Newton. The scene was a humorous one with Data playing poker with his idols. Hawking made the scene by dissing on Einstein, something he did in the real world quite a bit as well.

His intellect was known the world over, as was his famous electronic voice made necessary by his Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). It certainly is a triumph of the human spirit to achieve all he achieved while battling such a devastating disease.

In recent years, he used his platform to warn about the perils of our modern society, including climate change, artificial intelligence, and the dangers posed to humanity by contact with advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. While I may not have always agreed with his conclusions, the fact that he was saying it always required one to stop and think.

The world has lost a one-of-a-kind. I hope he finds peace back in the place that precedes his quantum singularity.

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media

The Perseid Meteor Shower – The Affirmation Spot for Friday August 13, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

I am heir to the Universe’s abundance. I need only claim it. Today I do.

Few things in this world fire my imagination or inspire my soul like the night sky. Of course, there are the occasional comets and other extraordinary events that happen a few times in a lifetime. However, each and every year there is a guaranteed show in August – The Perseid Meteor Shower or “The Perseids” for short.

This meteor shower has happened every August for at least 2000 years. It is the result of the Earth passing through the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle each year as the two bodies work their way around the Sun. The comet is usually not visible but its tail creates a massive display of shooting stars.

Here are some very cool time lapse videos I found on YouTube showing this year’s display. This year’s show peaks August 12 and 13, but progressively fewer shooting stars can still be seen for several nights after.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Palomar Observatory