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In what sense is Stephen Hawking equivalent to Isaac Newton?

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Pos-Darwinista writes to say that Stephen Hawking’s ashes are to be interred beside those of Isaac Newton at Westminster Abby, as reported at BBC:

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: “It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists.

“Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882.”

He added: “We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe. More.

Okay, yes, they’re all Brits. And Hawking did courageously fight off a dreadful disease.

One senses that the Brazilians are surprised. Some of us are not.

Britain has been going downhill for a long time. Never mind the claims presented about “science and religion,” that the BBC may or may not follow up. Hawking waged war on philosophy in general, as is well known. That actually means a war on thinking in general.

Just for example, what would Newton think of the multiverse or the war on falsifiability that it has spawned?

See also: Sabine Hossenfelder: Hawking’s final theory is just one of a thousand speculations Hossenfelder is doubtless right, but she is taking a lot of risks, one suspects, in so openly supporting reason, evidence, and common sense in a Po-Mo world. And what would we do without people like her?

Did Stephen Hawking discover a means of detecting parallel universes just before he died?  This sounds a lot like grief talking but we’ll see.

After the multiverse, the… multiworse? Hossenfelder is one of those theoretical physicists who thinks that science should make sense. Wish her well. So many would just love to slip the bonds of reason…

and

The multiverse is science’s assisted suicide

3 Replies to “In what sense is Stephen Hawking equivalent to Isaac Newton?

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    FourFaces says:

    A time travel crackpot who believed and taught others to believe that the universe created itself, that we are all meat machines and that life sprung out of inert dirt via random chance is now interred beside the father of modern physics. I find this deeply offensive.

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    aarceng says:

    I would think that as a committed atheist Stephen Hawking would reject the offer if he could.

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    EvilSnack says:

    As of the other day they are equivalent in the metabolic sense.

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