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Stephen Hawking: World government needed to stop technology destroying us

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From Aatif Sulleyman at Independent:

“Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times.

“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”

He suggests that “some form of world government” could be ideal for the job, but would itself create more problems.

“But that might become a tyranny,” he added. “All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist. I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges.” More.

We didn’t realize that, under Darwinian evolution, we had free will or got to choose. In any event, from the way things are going, many will rise to meet the challenges without choosing the Mother of all Bureaucracies.

See also: Hawking: Our lease on Earth is up in 1000 years. Must colonize other planets

How can we believe in naturalism if we have no choice?

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Richard Dawkins needs to lie down
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