Stephen Hawking: Aggression could destroy us

“It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

Nick Clark
Thursday 19 February 2015 19:08 GMT
Professor Stephen Hawking with Adaeze Uyanwah yesterday
Professor Stephen Hawking with Adaeze Uyanwah yesterday (PA)

Aggression is the human race’s biggest failing and it “threatens to destroy us all”, Stephen Hawking has said, urging people to be more empathetic.

The human quality the scientist would most like to magnify was empathy. “It brings us together in a peaceful loving state.”

Professor Hawking is the subject of the film The Theory of Everything, in which he is played by Eddie Redmayne. He said he was pleased to provide his official synthesized voice to give Redmayne “a bit of a boost in his efforts to win an Oscar” and joked: “Unfortunately Eddie did not inherit my good looks.”

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