Most of us have heard of Stephen Hawking.
Stephen William Hawking is the severely disabled scientist who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, one of the worst diseases imaginable. First it causes your nerves to wither and die which in turn causes your muscles to shrivel away to nothing.
Oddly enough, the disease doesn’t normally affect one’s thought processes. By that, I mean it doesn’t typically affect the ability to acquire knowledge by use of reasoning, intuition, or perception.
There is no better example of the characteristics of this disease than Stephen Hawking. Despite gradually losing the use of his arms, legs, and voice, and as of 2009 being almost completely paralysed, Hawking has achieved more awards and honours than just about anyone ever.
Hawking has an IQ similar to Einstein.
That said, if you aren’t going to consider the opinion of Stephen Hawking on a scientific subject, then you might as well not consider the opinion of anyone.
This is what Stephen Hawking is worried about right now:
(For those of you with little time; the part of the interview most relevant to my post begins about 48 minutes in.)