Hawking names 'greatest threat' to humanity

Eddie Redmayne has been getting a lot of attention for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the film 'The Theory Of Everything,' but the brilliant scientist is making some headlines of his own. Most recently, it's for identifying human aggression as one of the greatest threats to the survival of humanity itself. Discovery News reported that the celebrated physicist was addressing a group at the London Science Museum when he was asked which of our species’ shortcomings he’d like to fix.  He responded, “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”  Hawking pointed out that such behavior when paired with nuclear weapons could result in the complete annihilation of civilization, and perhaps humanity at large.  What the world needs more of, he said, is empathy, as it is the trait that allows for both peace and togetherness.  The Washington Post notes that in the past, Hawking has identified a number of possible downfalls for human race.  Among them are artificial intelligence and aliens, should they ever pay Earth a visit.  

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