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Asking Big Questions about the universe: Stephen Hawking on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.(Recorded March 2008 in Monterey, California, and in Cambridge, UK. Duration: 10:12.)

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Comments (4)

  • Danika J commented on Mar 26 2009

    Great post! We have so many questions in our mind that we can’t even find answers. All of us are wondering on how the universe began, how did the very first one who lives here survived? But whatever is the history behind this, one thing is for sure, vigilance, common sense, and determination are some of the keys to survival.

  • Harbhajan Singh commented on Mar 27 2009

    Hi all! Follow the blog http://ruminations.selfdesigneduniverse.com and you will receive answers to al the big questions by and by.

    Please note that there are three basic systems of knowledge i.e., science, philosophy and mysticism because the universe’s evolutionary scheme of things comprises three realms of reference i.e., physical, virtual and spiritual and that untill and unless we give due place to the findings of all three of them in our efforts to know the big questions about the universe we are not likely to succeed. It is just common sense.

    At the above blog I will try to answer those questions by invoking all three basic systems of knowledge as mentioned above.

  • Steve Galliford commented on Apr 5 2008

    Interesting but does anyone know his reasons for suggesting our survival as a species relies on spreading out into space while our “genetic code [still] carries a selfish and aggressive instinct?” Would not that genetic code/instinct follow us around the galaxy? Or does he mean that by the time we are ready to “spread out into space” that aggressive instinct will be gone?

  • Kevin Atwood commented on Apr 4 2008

    Although not yet The Grand Unified Theory, this presentation represents a call to action for those concerned. A particular kind of activism is required now. An activism that at it’s heart represents the TRUE intentions of the global citizen.