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Hawking Expecting To Make Full Recovery

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the buck-up-little-camper dept.

Science 103

explosivejared writes "Yesterday we discussed the medical scare that physicist Stephen Hawking was going through. Happily, his website has posted a succinct statement that he is being kept for observation, but he is comfortable and expecting a full recovery."

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Full Recovery? (5, Funny)

dsginter (104154) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665077)

Are any of us expected to make a full recovery?

Life is the leading cause of death, ya know.

Rushing to Death (3, Insightful)

pleappleappleap (1182301) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665127)

But still, there's not reason to help death on its rounds...

I, for one, am glad Professor Hawking is expected to recover.

This is good news! I don't have to cry now!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27670507)

Almost was.

Re:Full Recovery? (0, Troll)

Bitch-Face Jones (588723) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665351)

wow you're a pretty deep thinker

Re:Full Recovery? (2)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665375)

Are any of us expected to make a full recovery?

You are a sysadmin, right?

Re:Full Recovery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27670349)

> You are a sysadmin, right?

alt.sysadmin.recovery doesn't actually work, you know :(

Re:Full Recovery? (3, Interesting)

Dr Caleb (121505) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665453)

"Life is the leading cause of death, ya know."

"Death and the sun are not to be looked at steadily." François de La Rochefoucauld

Re:Full Recovery? (2, Interesting)

Ractive (679038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665467)

Life is the leading cause of death, ya know.

It's not really the cause but it's indeed a requirement.

Re:Full Recovery? (1)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665581)

By full, I take it they mean of the chest infection, not that they're experimenting with stem cell therapy to replace the motor neurons in his brain and spinal cord. (Though if they got to that point before he was too old to operate on, it might be kinda cool.)

Re:Full Recovery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665589)

Yeah, but will he ever walk again????

One way ticket, please

Re:Full Recovery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665991)

His name is Stephen Hawking not Stephen Walking.

Re:Full Recovery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27666645)

Turn him into a kick ass bird?

Re:Full Recovery? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27668005)

He has so many things wrong with him that they may conspire to keep alive indefinitely. Maybe Stephen Hawking is how we will all wind up.

Living, is a very dangerous activity . . . (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27668213)

. . . no one has been able to survive it yet.

Re:Living, is a very dangerous activity . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27670045)

...yet it's still the more popular of the alternatives.

Re:Living, is a very dangerous activity . . . (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 5 years ago | (#27672149)

So you never heard of that MacLeod guy?

Re:Living, is a very dangerous activity . . . (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27673827)

I have.

Re:Full Recovery? (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 5 years ago | (#27669989)

life is a fatal std

Re:Full Recovery? (1)

Geminii (954348) | more than 5 years ago | (#27671565)

I was waiting for "...expected to make a full recovery, and is already training for the Boston Marathon."

Re:Full Recovery? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27672009)

Why don't they just turn him off and back on again. That usually fixes it.

A Day in the Life of Debbie Gibson (0, Offtopic)

Reikk (534266) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665083)

A Day in the Life of Debbie G1bs0n

A silver tear rolled down Debbie's perfect cheek as she slowly lowered her
sleek young body into the white marble bathtub. When she was younger, a nice
hot bubble bath was all she needed to raise her spirits, but now it seemed that
nothing would calm her troubled soul. Life wasn't easy for the teenage singing
sensation. It seemed that no matter what she did, no one would take her work
seriously.

"Trite," the critics had called her last album. "Trite, cheesy and
sappy." Debbie shuddered and began to weep harder. These were her innermost
feelings they were poking fun at. If "Lost in Your Eyes" and "No More Rhyme"
weren't heartfelt reflections of the depth of the human soul - she didn't know
what was. And surely "Electric Youth" was the most inspirational song about
youthful potential since David Bowie's "Changes." But still her finest works
were ridiculed by those too emotionally and intellectually immature to fully
understand them.

But Debbie's musical career wasn't what was bothering her, and she knew it
all too well. Her real problem was that she could no longer go on ignoring the
feelings that were swelling inside her body. She was blossoming into woman-
hood, but could not realize her fantasies in fear of tarnishing her image as
the fresh, innocent pop starlet. It wasn't so much to preserve her career -
she knew in her heart of hearts that she could make it on her talent alone -
but she felt she owed it to her fans. She wanted to be a role model to young
girls, to tell them that it's cool to just say no to sex and drugs - to follow
their dreams and to be individuals. But at the same time, Debbie was finding
it harder and harder to resist the powerful desires coursing through her veins.

Yes, Debbie was a virgin, but it was more by circumstance than conscious
choice. She was curious, but didn't want to just hop into bed with the first
guy that came along. And since her busy career prevented any kind of real
romance from developing, it seemed that she was doomed to chastity forever. It
had been months since the last time she had been touched in a sexual manner. A
smile crept across her face while her mind replayed once again that delicious
evening.

She washed the tears from her face while her slender toes slipped around
the tiny chain on the rubber stopper in the tub. A gentle tug and the water
began slowly draining away. Debbie began gently caressing her taut young body
as the water lowered, exposing her soft flesh to the cool air. Bubbles
crackled and popped on the delicate surfaces of her small, pert breasts -
sending tingling pleasures from her tiny pink nipples to her moist womanhood.

"Kirk," she whispered to herself. "Oh... Kirk...."

To most people, Kirk Camer0n was just another television star. He played
Michael on the popular sitcom "Growing Pains" - a winsome youth with an
irresistible smile and a keen wit. But he was more than this to Debbie. Much
more.

By now the water had reached the floating curls of her soft blonde pubic
hair. Debbie ran her slender fingers through the tiny locks and remembered
that night at the Emmys.

By mere chance they had been seated next to each other. They talked a
little, mostly about being mobbed by hordes of twelve year old fans whenever
they went out in public. But while they spoke, Debbie could feel Kirk
undressing her with his eyes - tracing her curves and taking obvious glances at
her tight skirt. He had an air of hungry confidence about him, and she felt
desires welling up inside her that she had never felt before. The lights went
down in the room, and the ceremony began. Kirk took Debbie's hand and began
gently stoking it. Then he suddenly let go, and instead put his hand on her
knee. Slowly he began to move it up her leg, stroking and caressing her inner
thigh; making Debbie swoon in shameful anticipation.

Lying in the bathtub, Debbie's mind played over the delicious image of
Kirk gently slipping his fingers underneath her silk panties, his manicured
nails lightly grazing her swollen rosebud - all the while looking into her eyes
and coyly mocking her obvious passion. She pictured that face, those fingers,
penetrating over and over....

And then it boomed over the sound system, "And the winner for best actor
in a Family-Oriented Situation Comedy is... KIRK CAMER0N!"

Kirk removed his hand from Debbie's sopping underwear with admirable
swiftness, only a split second before the roaming cameras would whirl to meet
his ever-charming smile.

Debbie began thrashing about in the bathtub, shuddering violently with
orgasmic tears, but only a second after her muffled cries began to escape her
ruby lips - the wooden door into the room blew into a thousand pieces under the
force of a strategically-placed tactical plastique explosive.

Into the room jumped an unholy trinity of nefarious evildoers. The
central figure was a fully clad ninja warrior - armed with razor sharp
precision weapons and dressed in the black eelskin Shinomo garb that only
outfitted the assassins of kings. The ninja was flanked by a pair of Nazi
frogmen in gray-green wetsuits and flippers - each carrying a deadly speargun
whose purpose was all too obvious. On their chests was the unmistakable emblem
of Adolph Hitler's Third Reich. Without hesitation, the two frogmen advanced
while the figure in black stood back to survey the carnage. Debbie had the
sudden feeling that she might be in trouble.

What only Debbie's adoptive family and a handful of others knew, however,
was that this young nightingale was far from defenseless. When Debbie was only
a few months old, she and her natural family had been in a shipwreck - and
Debbie, the only survivor, washed up on the shores of a small uncharted isle
somewhere between the Fiji and Easter Islands. She was raised by wolves for
the first few years of her life, until she unwittingly came across the only
other human being on the island, an aging Shaulin Martial Arts Master named
Bruce who taught her the ways of man and the art of self defense. After ten
years of rigorous training, Debbie decided to once again rejoin the real world,
and fulfill her destiny as the best-loved pop starlet of all time. On a
makeshift outboard canoe, Debbie sailed to New York, where she was soon adopted
by a nice upper-middle class Protestant family, who introduced her to record
producer Fred Zarr - and the rest was history.

Debbie leapt from the tub in a flying summersault, barely avoiding a
forked spear that fiercely penetrated the four foot luffa only inches from
where her sinewy young form had just been. Even in mid-flight, she was able to
identify the deadly curare poison coating her opponents' barbed projectiles.
They were playing for keeps. She spun to meet the evil duo, and remembered the
words of her master... "The less effort expended, the more powerful the
connection." An indescribably graceful spinning crescent lunge kick underneath
the chin of her first opponent neatly severed his head and sent it flying into
the bidet.

She ducked a slice from the second frogman's nine-inch serrated hunting
knife, and with a deafening cry of "WAX ON!" she plunged her open hand through
the Swastika emblem on his chest - and with a similar yell of "WAX OFF!" she
withdrew his still-beating heart. As the body slumped to the floor, Debbie
whirled to meet the stoic gaze of the remaining figure in black.

"Who are you?" she cried, "And what do you want with me!? I broke a nail
on your lame-ass frogman's collarbone, and I'm really pissed off!"

"You have killed two of my finest warriors," intoned the ninja. "And as
you die, I want you to know who is killing you." The figure pulled off its
sinister hood, and out poured a cascade of fiery red hair.

It was T1ffany. Debbie's arch-rival in the musical netherworld of teenage
pop icons, and the very figure of evil incarnate. Her fans thought of her as a
quiet young girl with modest dreams of stardom, when in reality she was a
brazen harlot who would stop at nothing to have the whole of the music industry
under her wicked thumb.

"T1ffany!" cried Debbie. "I should have guessed!"

"You were expecting maybe Chuck Norris?" quipped back the red haired
vixen. "I mean, Chuck's pretty hard up - but he's got better things to do than
nail a prissy little WASP like you!"

"What are you doing here? What do you want with me?" screamed Debbie,
falling back into a defensive posture.

"You ruined my career! I was on the verge of creating a musical empire...
I'd taken the first few steps to establishing myself as the hottest young thing
around - when all of a sudden you came around singing those insipid little
ballads of yours and stealing my thunder! Next thing I knew, I found myself
classified and categorized as a flash-in-the-pan little tart like you."

"What?" gasped an amazed and unbelieving Debbie. "You honestly thought
you could make it big by covering Beatles' tunes for the rest of your life?
Not!"

"You untalented little blonde tease!"

"You plagiarizing red haired slut!"

"Slicing your throat open is too quick a death for you!" sneered T1ffany,
dropping her weapons' belt to the floor. "I'll crush you with my bare hands!!"
She let loose a double reverse snake punch aimed at Debbie's naked torso.

But Debbie was too fast for her and did a double backwards somersault to
the other end of the room. As T1ffany sped towards her, Debbie crouched down
and threw her lower body upwards for the little known Shaulin upside down
spinning helicopter kick for which there is no known defense - except, of
course, for the even lesser known Japanese flying supersonic blur-hand in which
T1ffany had been expertly schooled. The two clashed together in a tangle of
limbs and flesh, leaving them locked in a strangling embrace - pitting will
against will in a struggle to the death.

But as Debbie's hands closed around her opponent's neck, she found herself
mesmerized by the tender fierceness in her eyes. She suddenly remembered what
it was that she was doing before this rather startling interruption, and the
proximity of such a beautiful, healthy young body pressing against hers sent an
unexpected flash of heat through her loins. This took Debbie completely by
surprise. I mean - she shaved her legs and had long hair and everything - she
never dreamed that she might be a lesbian! But her body cared very little
about her mind's outdated ethics as she pressed her firm young bosom into
T1ffany's.

As she did so, both her and T1ffany's grip loosened, and their snarls of
anger transformed into faint moans of pleasure. Debbie found herself entranced
with the delicate lips of her opponent, and before she could stop herself she
was kissing them. For a moment it occurred to Debbie that T1ffany's acceptance
of this might be a ruse to get the upper hand - but then she felt a soft, warm
tongue slide into her mouth, and she knew she had a willing and eager partner.

"I wanted you so bad," whispered T1ffany between kisses. "So bad I wanted
to destroy you, because I didn't think I could ever have you."

"Mmmmmm..." replied Debbie. "I never thought it could be like this...."

T1ffany's hands roamed freely over Debbie's supple body, as Debbie neatly
removed her black ninja garb. Underneath she wore nothing, and Debbie swooned
as she uncovered a figure not unlike her own - save for a wild growth of fiery
red hair between her legs.

"I never believed you were a real redhead," quipped Debbie tenderly, as
she slowly kissed down her torso.

"That's OK," countered T1ffany, gingerly swinging her partner around into
a sixty-nine. "I never thought you were a real blonde."

Good to hear! (1)

xmason (206262) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665089)

Otherwise, this utopia would be more like a Fruitopia.

Screw that I wish he really died! (-1, Troll)

Cathoderoytube (1088737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665093)

Just kidding! I'm really glad he's on the mend.

I'm a physicist myself (2, Insightful)

adpe (805723) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665101)

... but I admire his skill when it comes to explaing the complicated stuff to the masses. Go Stephen!

Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (5, Interesting)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665113)

The man is a survivor, that is for sure. I saw him lecture a few months ago, and is still on form. He will still answer the dumbest questions from any snide creationist or just plain ignorant member of the public - even though it took him considerable effort to compose a response.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665301)

Do you happen to work for CNN as a journalist? Des Moines Register maybe? If you don't you should.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665315)

How long does it take him now? I attended a lecture probably a decade ago at CalTech, and he took questions but was able to answer only one or two in the 45 minutes that followed. I've heard that the technology for his communications has been improved, but not to what degree.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665551)

About the same - although he might have got an extra question if his helper hadn't been too busy fielding questions himself to notice the cheek mounted sensor wasn't calibrated right.

Re:Answering questions (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666691)

THIS is the man who needs the slashdot meme form!

"Your questions fails for the following reasons:

Creationism
Snide
Hostile
Answered in Intro Biology page 43.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665469)

I'd love to see a sampling of common Q&A from creationists answered by Hawking.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Informative)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665593)

Well one of the questions was 'IF the universe is expanding, where is it expanding from' and the other was 'What happened before the big bang' (I paraphrase in both cases).

Both had a tone in their voice suggesting they had some uber-clever question with which to catch out probably the greatest living British mind, and both asked questions that could've been answered by myself or any of the about 50 people from the physics department who attended the lecture. It angered me, I must say.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

el3mentary (1349033) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665961)

Or anyone with a rudimentary science education.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Interesting)

tecnico.hitos (1490201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670137)

I don't know... I always thought "what happened before the Big Bang" is a good question. I am still expecting a convincing answer.

I have heard that there was no time "before the Big Bang" because timespace is a single thing, but that only makes me wonder what triggered time or how matter could exist outside space, since there was no time.

Then, I get an explanation about how particles appear and disapear, coming and going from "somewhere else" (sorry, I don't remember the right term) without an apparent reason and how this happens all the time, but was particulary important when the matter was concentrated in one point.

This doesn't seem very rudimentary for me, I feel that I'm lacking information. Like: where exactly does the particles come from and if the particle appearing/disappearing happens in such small scale, how did the massively dense universe get formed.

...even google failed me.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Informative)

Raenex (947668) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670897)

The common answer by scientists is quite unconvincing, and what it really amounts to is "sorry, can't explain it, the equations don't go back any further". A year or two ago I saw a Hawking video (covered on Slashdot) where he actually addressed this question as part of the presentation, and he gave the answer as a joke along the lines that God created Hell for people who asked such questions.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665489)

"He will still answer the dumbest questions from any snide creationist..."

You do realize that there are snide believers in evolution, also...right? Just being a creationist doesn't make someone "snide".

Not looking for an argument, by any means...just pointing that out.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665607)

You didn't hear these people. Their questions were hostile, and pretty fucking dumb.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665835)

You didn't hear these people. Their questions were hostile, and pretty fucking dumb.

So maybe that particular talk brought out an especially dumb sample of Creationists.

Does this really tell us much about the general population of Creationists vs. the general population of non-Creationists? It's a pretty small sample.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27666455)

Yeah, most of them really ARE that dumb. There's a few who are fairly well educated but they have to take a lot of effort to make the world around us fit into a 2000 year-old fairy tale and still be plausible.

Call me small-minded. Call me a bigot. I don't care, as far as I'm concerned they are a plague that's long outlived their usefulness.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Interesting)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27669347)

Well, this individual story might not tell us much but there's a lot of evidence that creationists are in general dumber and less educated than the general populace. (This is assuming that we define creationist to not mean "belief that God created the world" but rather almost any statement that makes more or less concrete claims about the role that God had in the universe). The GSS data is very strong in this regard, showing that there's a strong correlation between having a large vocabulary (which is a useful proxy for intelligence)and acceptance of evolution.http://www.halfsigma.com/2008/02/who-believes-in.html [halfsigma.com] . Similar results occur when you look at SAT scores and IQ tests. In particular, Protestant denominations which are avowedly Young Earth Creationist have lower average SAT scores and IQ scores. See for example http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2008/05/biblical_literalism_or_low_iq.php [scienceblogs.com] which shows an extremely strong inverse correlations between the fraction of a denomination that ascribes to Biblical literalism and the IQ score (seriously, R^2 is around .86. You almost never get social science data that shows that strong a correlation).

One thing to keep in mind is that this doesn't necessarily mean that this doesn't necessarily imply that evolution is more likely to be correct or that the smart people are paying more attention to the evidence. Razib Khan, who put together the quick little analysis linked to above about IQ and Biblical literalism, has suggested (can't find link right now unfortunately) that smart people are more likely to believe ideas from other smart people and that this accounts for some of the strong correlation between intelligence and acceptance of evolution.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27673521)

Great post. Wish I could mod it up.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27670167)

If our sample is every creationist who's espoused their views loudly and inappropriately, like for example at a school board meeting, or while talking to a world renowned physicist, then I'd say that yes, they really are that snide. And obnoxious. And brainlessly, knuckle-draggingly stupid. And, lest we forget, hostile.

Perhaps your sample of creationists consist entirely of the benign variety. The ones who don't try to force their beliefs on others, don't scream bloody murder about children being given a basic dumbed down science education, don't try their level best to have the last century and a half of biology labelled a mistake, solely because it conflicts with their overly rigid faith. If you know these benign sort personally (and I know a few myself) then I could see them giving you a better impression than the rest. Aside from disagreeing with them, I find that they're not a bad sort. Most are of the type who actually take their Christianity seriously, and do their best not to be jerks about it.

But make no mistake. When you see the word "creationist" come up on /. we're not talking about that sample group. We're talking about the sample group that yells the loudest. The ones that every remotely scientifically literate person in the western hemisphere has run afoul of at least once.

And yes, the malignant ones can and do pester people like Hawking. Go figure, he's a scientist, that makes him the Enemy in their warped view of things.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (4, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665645)

GP had it right. Snide evolutionists don't bother asking such questions of Hawking. Since he's, you know, not a biologist.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665801)

You do realize that there are snide believers in evolution, also...right? Just being a creationist doesn't make someone "snide".

The GP was using an adjective to modify the noun in the sentence- 'creationist.' If every creationist were snide, he wouldn't have used the adjective because it would have been redundant. He chose to call the creationists in this scenario 'snide' because they were asking rudimentary questions to a man for whom communication is a great chore.

I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I'll point out that the GP did not apply other adjectives to the creationists that might have seemed redundant.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (4, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665843)

You do realize that there are snide believers in evolution, also...right?

So? If there weren't snide evolutionists asking questions at the event on which the description was based, the fact that they exist elsewhere is irrelevant. The use of a adjective along with a noun usually suggests that the adjective is adding additional information that is not implicit in the noun, and also usually does not mean that there are no instances where the same adjective would apply to other nouns, even ones that are semantically opposed to the one being used in the present sentence.

Just being a creationist doesn't make someone "snide".

If it did, the phrase "snide creationist" would be redundant, so the mere use of the phrase suggests, indeed, that the GP realizes that.

Not looking for an argument, by any means...just pointing that out.

...in a context in which it is completely irrelevant. If you aren't trolling, exactly what are you doing?

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666327)

Don't get upset with creationists for putting forth poor arguments. Encourage them to continue. It will only make them more irrelevant.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1)

HeadlessNotAHorseman (823040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670629)

>>You do realize that there are snide believers in evolution, also...right?

It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27666547)

I don't believe in evolution. Evolution exists regardless of my belief, unlike god, which doesn't exist at all.

The theory of evolution is a fairly precise description/model of processes we observe occurring and have evidence for. If we some how ceased to be, evolution would continue on its merry way. Can't say that about religion or god.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (1, Interesting)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667021)

Just being a creationist doesn't make someone "snide".

Since English is not my first language, I had to consult a dictionary on this: snide - sly and malicious, which got me to sly - skillful at trickery or deceit

Well, yes, "snide" pretty much describes every creationist person I ever knew or heard about.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (2, Funny)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667763)

I'd say skilled is not a word usually used when referring to creationists. While they always try to use trickery and deceit, they are rarely skilled at it.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27668291)

That's only the bigtime professional pushers of it. Most of the followers of creationism are just uneducated (how many /.ers have had more biology than high school? How many have had more than freshman level at university?) and haven't given it much thought, trusting their preachers who most likely aren't any better informed or thoughtful on the matter.

Re:Cannot be killed by conventional weapons (0)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27669601)

Mangu,

Sounds like you've met some rude creationists. While I stand by my comment that being a creationist doesn't make someone "snide" I definitely agree that there are snide creationists...just like there's snide people in all walks of life.

Even as a creationist, I get annoyed with those who simply repeat what they've heard over and over again, instead of original thinking and true discussion.

I enjoy good discussions with folks with opposing viewpoints. Doesn't mean I'm ever out to change anyone's mind...I enjoy learning why other people believe the way they do. Otherwise life would be boring, wouldn't it?

If all someone does is spend time around people who agree with them in everything, they will never improve themself. Being willing to discuss without becoming either defensive or combative is a valuable skill that's seriously lacking in the world. Gasp...even here at /. !

While I am a creationist, I think Stephen Hawking is probably one of the ten smartest people on the planet (ever). And I'm probably being conservative with that estimate.

Jesus never once tried to force His views one anyone. He just answered questions as they were put to Him and let folks make up their own minds. I really liked His style.

I was just providing a counter point to what I thought was an overly-broad painting of creationists.

-JJS

Amazing (1)

No2Gates (239823) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665135)

The fact that he has lived this long with this disease when almost everyone else would have passed a long time ago is a miracle in itself.

Re:Amazing (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666895)

No, it isn't. There's nothing miraculous about a low probability occurrence. Given a large enough sample, low probability results are likely and expected; the absence of someone with unusual survival would be much more significant.

Re:Amazing (1)

Meshugga (581651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667845)

No it is, because it is HIM, not one of the other one-in-a-hundredthousand who suffer from ALS at a certain point in time and die within 2-5 years after the first signs.

Full recovery? (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665149)

So he's going to be up and out of that wheelchair in no time, eh?

Re:Full recovery? (2, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665207)


So he's going to be up and out of that wheelchair in no time, eh?

The brain transplant went well.

Re:Full recovery? (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666917)

I hope good ol' Stephen enjoys his renewed life as a 20-something leggy blond. Or should I say 'Stephany'.

MOD PARENT UP (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667121)

That is EXACTLY what I thought.

Re:MOD PARENT UP (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667159)

And even funnier. I have mod points and didn't realize it. DUH.

Hopefully I will make a full recovery as well. ;^)

--
Toro

They finally checked on him (4, Funny)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665159)

Until then, it was 50-50. But as soon as the doctors observed him, the state of his health collapsed to one state: full recovery.

Re:They finally checked on him (5, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665215)

Actually, Hawking's observed photon trace virtualized into a Hawking-antiHawking pair. AntiHawking fell into a black hole, and we're recovering Hawking.

Re:They finally checked on him (1)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665529)

Maybe the anti-Hawking is merely employing the newly-discovered form of tunneling, as discussed in a prior article. We need to establish a Casimir Effect such as to exclude the anti-Hawking particle from being a valid state. Do you think if we made him a tinfoil hat, it would work?

Re:They finally checked on him (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665639)

AntiHawking fell into a black hole, and we're recovering Hawking.

Wait a minute... Stephen Hawking didn't used to have a goatee... We saved the wrong one!

Re:They finally checked on him (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670099)

If he's anything like Spock, we saved the right one. Leonard Nimoy looked fresh [galaide.org] with a goatee.

Re:They finally checked on him (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665657)

I thought it was a Fry Hole?

Re:They finally checked on him (1)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666853)

Finally, unified field theory in terms I can understand!!

Re:They finally checked on him (1)

LowlyWorm (966676) | more than 5 years ago | (#27672041)

They must have put him in a coffin. Thankfully, when they opened it he was alive.

Something sounds fishy... (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665171)

First we hear that he's near death, now he's going to recover... it's almost as if he got trapped in a black hole, and was only able to escape by spawning an anti-Hawking to be left inside... yes, that's the only thing that makes sense.

Re:Something sounds fishy... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665923)

Yes. First he has a bandage on his forehead, then it is gone. First he's near death, then he's fine. Hmmm. Almost as if there is some Alternative Factor [memory-alpha.org] at work here.

Way to go! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27665195)

Way to go Hawking, keep on kickin'!!

Ooooo, is that in bad taste?

Cure for ALS (1)

Chameleon Man (1304729) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665265)

Perhaps he found the cure for ALS...shred all his grant money and inject himself with it.

Recovery (1)

KingPin27 (1290730) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665291)

Comfortable and expecting to make a full recovery --- As comfortable as a dying man can be I'm sure. Makes me wonder why he'd even want to recover. What amazes me most is his strong will to live - going from being a graduate student with a prognoses of months to live to living years and beating major odds. My thoughts are with you Mr. Hawking - here's to a speedy recovery.

Ok, two things (5, Insightful)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666107)

Comfortable and expecting to make a full recovery --- As comfortable as a dying man can be I'm sure. Makes me wonder why he'd even want to recover.

First thing - we're all dying. Right now. Sure, Mr. Hawking has a name for what he's dying from and you don't (yet), but mortality is pretty much a constant. Just because your fate hasn't been given a label yet doesn't mean you don't have one. You do, just like everyone else. Including Mr. Hawking. I hope you're "as comfortable" as you can be too.

Second thing. Any sick person wants to recover. And that means you too. I guarantee if you were in a similar state you'd want to live just as much as...well, as anyone else. There's more to life than being able to walk around the block. There's art, music, science, math, and a host of other things you don't need a functioning body to enjoy.

My best friend from college has crippling MS. He's wheelchair bound. And he's one of the craziest and most fun people I've ever known. And at the time had an astonishingly hot girlfriend.

Life has far bigger parameters than you imply.

Re:Ok, two things (1)

Lurker2288 (995635) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666739)

You said that much more nicely and with greater sophistication than I would have. Cheers.

Re:Ok, two things (1)

ekhben (628371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670075)

First thing. The label you're looking for is "senescence." Not everyone has it. It only occurs in older people. It will develop in everyone, but the key processes involved in aging do not happen in the young. So, no. Not everyone is dying of something right now.

Second thing. You're so remarkably far away from reality that I'm just going to leave you with two words that you can google at your own leisure. Euthanasia. Suicide.

Re:Ok, two things (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27670923)

There's art, music, science, math, and a host of other things you don't need a functioning body to enjoy.

What about sex?

Re:Ok, two things (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27671911)

What do you need to know?

Obviously he will recover (2, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665343)

Obviously Dr. Hawking will recover - he has not yet found a full Grand Unified Theory integrating quantum mechanics and gravity. That's the deal he made with Death - he gets to have that theory published before he dies.

A much better gambit than challenging The Grim Reaper to chess. Or Twister, even.

-------
Seriously - get well soon sir, and keep on thinking free.

Re:Obviously he will recover (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665541)

Similar to this [xkcd.com] .

Re:Obviously he will recover (1)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665567)

The deal requires that Death be listed as co-author and gets 25% on the movie rights. Oh, and the movie is to have a major role for Binky.

Re:Obviously he will recover (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665759)

The deal requires that Death be listed as co-author and gets 25% on the movie rights. Oh, and the movie is to have a major role for Binky.

[SQUEAK]

Oh, and the Death of Rats too!

Re:Obviously he will recover (2, Insightful)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#27667781)

I GET 100% OF EVERYTHING.

Bloody good show (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665381)

'Nuff said.

rj

sweet zombie jesus (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665473)

Any day in which Professor Farnsworth makes for two front-page tags is a good day.

Funny tags (1)

kushiague (817138) | more than 5 years ago | (#27665865)

You guys crack me up: "natural20"

I wish I would make those saves when i come down with a flu, but then again i'm not as badass as Stephen Hawking.

Cheers.

Re:Funny tags (1)

banffbug (1323109) | more than 5 years ago | (#27668505)

I laughed pretty hard at "natural20" as well. Very fitting and well chosen, tagger gods.

Thank the Creator (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666129)

Amen!

So much better than... (1)

erlkonig (15872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666157)

I'm glad he's going to be okay! And this is so much better than putting him in a completely isolated box and thinking, with uncertainty, "well, he's probably...".

So much more to offer (1)

GNUCyberKat (62503) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666351)

I am very glad to hear that he is recovering from the immediate health concerns. Despite his age combined with his Lou Gehrig's disease, he potentially has so much more to offer the scientific world specifically and humanity in general. His mind is clear and simply, utterly amazing.

It should be said that through his book, A Brief History of Time, that he has encourage many people otherwise ignorant of science to not only better understand our universe but to do so with enjoyment and sometimes passion. It is not too often that a scientist can elicit that level of societal consciousness.

It would be a shame for him to become fully incapacitated or die and eliminate the greatest modern looking-glass into the world of physics and science.

Re:So much more to offer (1)

LowlyWorm (966676) | more than 5 years ago | (#27672099)

I sometimes worry about his quality of life. I have read several of his books. According to the latest one I read, given his longevity, he is not sure he has Lou Gehrig's disease or if it is a similar but not as quickly fatal disorder. He reports he has now lost the ability to judge distances. Hopefully, the disorder will not affect his higher faculties.

Good! (2, Informative)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27666377)

I'm glad to hear it.

These things are relative, of course: Professor Hawking's "good health" is a serious illness by most usual standards. He's not a young man, either.

Nevertheless, I wish him well.

...laura

hawking is proof there is no god (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27667601)

Stephen Hawking is proof that there is no god. no god would make such an incredibly intelligent man suffer from his condition for 40 years, while letting another incredibly stupid man run the united states for 8 years. if there was a god, those roles would have been reversed and bush would have died at 21.

Re:hawking is proof there is no god (1)

redcaboodle (622288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27668377)

Au contraire.

Professor Hawking is the living proof that there is a god and that he gets thoroughly pissed from time to time.

I suppose it's time to look into the living brain [wikipedia.org] project.

Re:hawking is proof there is no god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27668501)

Wow, you must feel awesome there in your mom's basement, posting death wishes anonymously on Slashdot!

Re:hawking is proof there is no god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27668567)

Proof there is a god: your unoriginal post has not been mod'ed troll.

Or, if you prefer, the very fact that you're able to post such a comment is proof enough for me of life's eternal love.

Hawking medical care taken over by oracle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27668207)

The end is naught nigh

"Fuck You, Death!..." (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 5 years ago | (#27669331)

"...I win again!"

(Title track on the next MC Hawking album.)

Back off, Grim Reaper! The Hawkman has business to take care of.

Thank goodness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27671275)

The Vice Presidential Action Rangers were already down one!

Careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27672415)

There's a difference between expecting to make a full recovery and expected to make a full recovery.

He's back and badder than ever... (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 5 years ago | (#27673047)

Run for the hills [b3ta.com]

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