Most people who know me well are aware that I haunt used book stores, thrift shops, flea markets, or any other place I might find a deal on unique old books. I just love ’em… and from time to time, I find that rather serendipitous circumstances begin to develop when I’m looking for certain titles. Lately, my fix has been Stephen Hawking.
Seriously, I’ve speculated as to whether the guy might be a time traveler or something, and along with John Titor, John Connor, and all the other “Johns” of the future, whether he might have purposely placed copies of his famous book, A Brief History of Time, in random locales knowing that I’d later discover them. Okay, maybe that’s just a bit far fetched sounding, but it seems that recently Hawking himself has opened up considerably to the idea.
In an article appearing in the UK’s The Daily Mail, Hawking admitted recently to his obsession with time. “Time travel was once considered scientific heresy,” he says. “I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labeled a crank. But these days I’m not so cautious.” Likening himself to those who, centuries ago, built the famous Stonehenge monument, Hawking says he is “obsessed by time,” claiming he’d visit Marilyn Monroe or “drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens” if only he had a vehicle that would get him to such lost eras. “Perhaps I’d even travel to the end of the universe to find out how our whole cosmic story ends.”
The entire article, which can be read by clicking here, is a lively and interesting read, especially on the heels of yet another cosmic controversy the famous physicist recently drummed up, after various news outlets seized on the notion proposed by Hawking that aliens, if they do ever visit Earth, likely won’t be very friendly. This prompted a rebuttal from former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, who says Hawkins is engaging in disinformation.
“I think he’s indulging in some pretty scary talk there,” Hellyer commented to the Canadian Press over the weekend. “I would have hoped (this) would not come from someone with such an established stature,” Hellyer said.
So is Hawking right in his theories regarding time travel and hostile aliens, or are his theories as empty as a wormhole-brain? Hawking argues that aliens, in order to harness tremendous technological prowess that might enable them to travel through time and space, would also be inordinate resource hogs. “If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?” But don’t worry about such aliens–or even our future descendants–traveling here from the past to steal our sunshine. Hawking also cites what physicists call “The Grandfather Paradox” to explain why such epoch-skipping hijinks would be relegated to another dimensional reality, as well as the theory of a radiation-loop that presumably occurs within wormholes used for time travel. This further hinders party-goers from a hypothetical future where time travel exists from crashing get togethers at the Hawking home today, and the physicist cites it as “the real reason no one could come back in time to my party.” Wait… he has parties?
In lieu of all this, I say, “who wouldn’t want to party with Stephen Hawking?” Even if folks from the future seem to have better, maybe more “timely” things going on (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I’d go to a Big-Bang Bash at the Hawking household any day. Hope I make the guest list!