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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    I couldn't believe I read a book by Stephen Hawking and pretty much understood it all. I even disagreed with one part of it where he speculates that if the earth came to a stop heding outwards and started moving back to the center of the big bang that everything would happen in reverse time. I didn't buy that.

    The book was A Brief History of Time I think is the correct title.

    LOL In Legally Blonde one of the freshmen in a sort of pow wow says that Hawking stole his idea for the book from his fourth grade paper.

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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    In regards to physics =science I completely disagree with him and I think he has contributed greatly in misleading the public about the essence of physics= science and his impact on the perception of the public is rather negative.

    On other hand I understand he did not intend. He cannot be classified only as a Cosmologist; he does not belong to the same league as a$$hole and charlatan Carl Sagan.
    As well, I do not deny that the public has deserved to be misled.

    I admire Hawking as a human, and as a mathematician, and as a poet of science. He has served as a scientist for scientists, often as a target, but always as a value. In all of all he has served as an example of abilities and freedom of human mind and human spirit. Judging by the name of the medal, the medal of freedom is well deserved by this man, and it is well overdue. He has served for science, ready to admit and admitting to be wrong and to be a target for exercises of science, but not be caring about prize, not even about the Nobel prize; - and that is the highest servitude.

    My prayer goes to him and to his wife. What a great demonstration that we humans are not owned by our bodies, but we own the universe and our bodies! God bless you, Mr.Hawking and your wife!
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    Quote Originally Posted by justone View Post
    In regards to physics =science I completely disagree with him and I think he has contributed greatly in misleading the public about the essence of physics= science and his impact on the perception of the public is rather negative.
    What do you disagree with him about? What are your scientific credentials?

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    On other hand I understand he did not intend. He cannot be classified only as a Cosmologist; he does not belong to the same league as a$$hole and charlatan Carl Sagan.
    Huh? Why was Carl Sagan an asshole and charlatan? No one since Asimov has done more to popularize and teach science than Carl Sagan.
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    I have no clue why you all are so opposed to Stephen Hawking? I really, truly, do not get it.

    At least he didn't award it to Shalala, Tenet, or Bremer.......

    Hawking is vastly more deserving then those failures.
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    Quote Originally Posted by NDNdancer View Post
    I have no clue why you all are so opposed to Stephen Hawking? I really, truly, do not get it.

    At least he didn't award it to Shalala, Tenet, or Bremer.......

    Hawking is vastly more deserving then those failures.
    Yeah, kind of forgot about Tenet and Bremer. If those were two undeserving picks I do not know what is then; they get a medal for failure and incompetence? I guess for some, picking Stephen Hawking for this award all depends on who is giving the award wouldn't you say?

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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    I don't see why Hawking deserves this as opposed to other physicists whose work has been much more influential and profound in terms of advancing that field of science. Hawking is only famous for his disability and his work on black holes, which was largely conceptual and whose mathematical proofs were done by graduate students.
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    I don't see why Hawking deserves this as opposed to other physicists whose work has been much more influential and profound in terms of advancing that field of science. Hawking is only famous for his disability and his work on black holes, which was largely conceptual and whose mathematical proofs were done by graduate students.
    The awarded it to Washington, DC's town drunk, so why not?
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    I would have to say it is an award that has degraded in value. Let give the first black man to take a **** in a whites only bathroom an award. A rich cripple,tennis player and someone getting a masters degree,wow I have to wonder what the first presidential medal of freedom recipients did in order to get their award.
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    Re: Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at White House

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I would have to say it is an award that has degraded in value. Let give the first black man to take a **** in a whites only bathroom an award. A rich cripple,tennis player and someone getting a masters degree,wow I have to wonder what the first presidential medal of freedom recipients did in order to get their award.
    Well it has improved from Bush who gave it to political cronies and war criminals.
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