I totally agree with Professor Stephen Hawking that we should encourage public interest in space. Our indigenous ancestors, native to this continent, most certainly did. For many reasons, not the least of which involved, war, conquest, slavery, and colonization—that included a mystification of indigenous knowledge as if it were superstitious or pagan—we lost track of the cosmos as people of this continent. Fortunately, and despite more than 500 years of colonization, it can still be accessed, albeit painstakingly so. Entire careers and fields of scholarship are dedicated to such matters with actual convergences with such communities occurring as integral aspects to such endeavors. So Hawking is saying what our indigenous elders have already known and this should give us some pause...
Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that mankind will not survive another millenia unless it makes a home beyond Earth's atmosphere.
The celebrated physicist was addressing a lecture audience at the Oxford Union debating society on Monday evening when he gave the stark warning.
"Most recent advances in cosmology have been achieved from space where there are uninterrupted views of our Universe," he said "but we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.
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