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    Stephen Hawking

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    I'm still surprised.
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    He outlasted original Doctor estimates for life expectancy by 50+ years. Strong mind. Sheldon will be devastated. I hope TBBT will do a bit more than a black card before ending credits.
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    One of his predictions was that we should all be living on another planet in 200 years time , as earth may be wiped out by then.Can't see that happening in 200 years .RIP

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    He lived a full life, he took charge and beat the odds and had a brilliant mind, rest in peace sir.
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    Well now he knows if there is a GOD or not.......................RIP...............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEM View Post
    Well now he knows if there is a GOD or not.......................RIP...............................
    I guess he does.

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    Problem is which God/Goddess?
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    Not a problem to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyt View Post
    I guess he does.
    Assuming there ISN'T a God, presumably he does NOT know that, or anything else anymore.
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    Whoever it is or isn't, he knows now. Sad to see him go but he lived a longer life than the doctors expected.

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    Sadly, I don't think we will see anything
    like him again.
    Carolyn(1958-2009) always in my heart.

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    RIP.
    I see no reason to think that awareness of any kind survives the cessation of brain function.
    As best we can tell it often doesn't survive severe brain injury, "brain death" would be the end of it altogether.

    Therefore, he now has zero awareness.
    Otherwise; the surprise factor must be massive.
    So massive in fact, that if you weren't already dead it might kill you.
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    Wow. This is a sad one. He accomplished so much, despite the ALS. The average survival rate is two years from diagnosis. It's a very cruel disease. Your nerves (motor system) "shut down", yet your brain is not affected. Eventually the muscles responsible for breathing stop necessitating a ventilator, but your brain is fully aware of everything. One is trapped within the body. If that's not cruel, I don't know what is. Mr. Hawking did not ALS stop him. He was able to not be defeated by ALS, and went on do some astounding research. The best in the universe you could say! ��

    RIP, sir. I have the feeling we won't see a man of your caliber for many years. If at all.
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    He lived a full life and overcame the odds, RIP.

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    When Hawking no longer had the strength to utter anything that his interpreter could make intelligible for the public, a voice activated keyboard was made available to him, but the English were forever perplexed as to why the voice that came out of that machine had a Midwestern accent rather than the Queen’s English!

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    I am surprised he had a religious funeral. I assumed he was atheist

    http://torontosun.com/news/world/hun...b-988f3653dc10

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    Quote Originally Posted by cash View Post
    I am surprised he had a religious funeral. I assumed he was atheist

    http://torontosun.com/news/world/hun...b-988f3653dc10
    He was, from what I've read.
    But I suspect that he wasn't troubled by any aspect of the proceedings.

    Besides, funerals are for the living.
    If his significant survivors gain comfort and closure from a religious send off, why begrudge them that?
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    I (kind of) met Stephen Hawking once. I was walking along Kingsway in Holborn about 12 years ago (past a Waterstones Book shop, that isn't there anymore) when i felt a pain in my ankle. turned around to see the man himself had run me over!!!
    The person who knew more about TIME & SPACE than anyone else on our planet drove his, very heavy, wheelchair straight in to me
    I didn't even get a sorry he just carried on, with his entourage.

    My Claim to Fame I suppose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    RIP.
    I see no reason to think that awareness of any kind survives the cessation of brain function.
    As best we can tell it often doesn't survive severe brain injury, "brain death" would be the end of it

    Just ask Jahi McMath.. ;p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aviatrix View Post
    Just ask Jahi McMath.. ;p
    OK, I'll ask her.
    What do you suppose her answer might be?
    Sad and interesting case - I've heard the name but really didn't know any details until now.

    Awareness is (IMO) a function of the brain and ceases with actual "brain death".
    Nothing about us (physical or mental) can long function if the connection with the brain is severed; I believe.

    If the brain is severely damaged but those areas controlling involuntary actions like breathing and heartbeat continue to function, then I'd call that person physically alive, even if their awareness has ended.

    That leads me to ponder a philosophical question:

    If you believe that we have a soul, and upon death that soul lives on with some kind of awareness; at what point does it "leave" the body and exist apart from the body?
    At "brain death", or with the cessation heart beat and respiration; or does it hang in there until it all stops?
    I've never really thought about that before.
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    Jim - don't know if we should discuss it here or if we should discuss it on the Jahi McMath thread. I know I did make a smartassitcal comment regarding Jahi McMath's diagnosis of brain death on Mr. Hawkins thread. Some of Jim's thought provoking questions as they relate to Mr. Hawking would probably go here, while Jahi's would go to hers.

    I'd love to discuss this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aviatrix View Post
    Jim - don't know if we should discuss it here or if we should discuss it on the Jahi McMath thread. I know I did make a smartassitcal comment regarding Jahi McMath's diagnosis of brain death on Mr. Hawkins thread. Some of Jim's thought provoking questions as they relate to Mr. Hawking would probably go here, while Jahi's would go to hers.

    I'd love to discuss this.
    Me too.
    I'll meet you there if I can find it - as simple as it seems, I almost never turn up stuff I search for even when I know it exists.

    But back on topic - this sort of proves that Hawking lives on in a sense - he's still inspiring discussions.
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