LOS ANGELES (CBSDC/AP) — Stephen Hawking, who spent his career decoding the universe and even experienced weightlessness, is urging the continuation of space exploration — for humanity’s sake.

The 71-year-old Hawking said he did not think humans would survive another 1,000 years “without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”

The British cosmologist made the remarks Tuesday before an audience of doctors, nurses and employees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he toured a stem cell laboratory that’s focused on trying to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hawking was diagnosed with the neurological disorder 50 years ago while a student at Cambridge University. He recalled how he became depressed and initially didn’t see a point in finishing his doctorate. But he continued to delve into his studies.

“If you understand how the universe operates, you control it in a way,” he said.

Renowned for his work on black holes and the origins of the cosmos, Hawking is famous for bringing esoteric physics concepts to the masses through his best-selling books, including “A Brief History of Time,” which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Hawking titled his hourlong lecture to Cedars-Sinai employees “A Brief History of Mine.”

Hawking has survived longer than most people with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the muscles. People gradually have more and more trouble breathing and moving as muscles weaken and waste away. There’s no cure and no way to reverse the disease’s progression. Few people with ALS live longer than a decade.

Hawking receives around-the-clock care, can only communicate by twitching his cheek, and relies on a computer mounted to his wheelchair to convey his thoughts in a distinctive robotic monotone.

Despite his diagnosis, Hawking has remained active. In 2007, he floated like an astronaut on an aircraft that creates weightlessness by making parabolic dives.

Hawking rattled off nuggets of advice: Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious.

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at,” he said.

Dr. Robert Baloh, director of Cedars-Sinai’s ALS program who invited Hawking, said he had no explanation for the physicist’s longevity.

During the hospital tour, Hawking viewed microscopic stem cells through a projector screen and asked questions about the research, which last year received nearly $18 million from California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell institute.

Baloh said he has treated patients who lived for 10 years or more.

“But 50 years is unusual, to say the least,” he said.

In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Hawking the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

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    Final comment, for today at least, if indeed ALIENS do force people to "EAT COW MEAT, YOGHURT AND COTTAGE CHEESE AND BUTTER AND WHIPPED CREAM, AND OTHER FATTY SUBSTANCES", DOES IT NOT MAKE SENSE TO ASK why you continue to "antagonize" US aliens by claiming that you are "kings who can do no wrong" after you have "pretty much slaughtered people" all over the globe just so that you can "have a nice life" while the rest of the world suffers from "HUNGER THIRST AND FATIGUE AND DEPRIVATION" all so that you can maintain an "evil military establishment" that is based on the idea that "only the fit survive" while the rest of the world has to be "decimated" because God does not bless evil designing kings who "lie cheat, steal rob and murder" therefore there has to be a "continued supression" of truth that is stranger than fiction, for if not, the "TRUTH WOULD CREATE A REVOLUTION" that would no longer put evil kings, but honest and decent people in charge of planet earth!

    IF YOU THINK I AM CRAZY, look at those who like the Butler of Princess Diana stated:

    I was working in the HOUSEHOLD OF THE CRIMINALLY INSANE, that was straight from his own writings, in As WE WERE!
    If kings are not insane then the Butler was, so "take your pick", either you have "insane butlers or insane kings", which DO YOU PREFER?
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    I guess Steven Hawkings does know about MIND over matter, and his mind is "so active" that his body does not have the chance to "completely kill him' just yet, as Mary Baker Eddy pointed out those whose minds are active, are less likely to suffer from fatal diseases, because they keep the body from "pulling them down to death" I am asking MR HAWKING to look up to God and to ask him if being treated for his disease by the Star representative is in his own best interest provided of course he "believes in a God" which he may not!

    I am also asking mankind to "consider their ways" the current "poisonous treatment" of diseases, is not going to be affordable for everyone, and quite frankly it is not as effective as the "most effective treatment method" that has been "documented by secret study" but because it is "so shockingly trancendental" as one author has put it, it has not been "applied" globally or even in the US, for most people would rather be "poisoned" than "face the idea of being treated by real Universal Healh Care"!

    Look at all the people in the 4rth Encounter of the kind of treatment where "cow things" are all you are allowed to eat, because of the abundance of cattle, which has been created by a shortage of Rain in TEXAS AND OTHER CATTLE STATES, it stands to reason the "ALIENS" do not like you to waste meat or store it forever so they are "asking you to consume it", and what better way to "force you to consume beef" or other dairy products than to "make you allergic" to all other foods, it makes "perfect sense to me", what about you?

    If John E. Mack was here right now, I would say he is a "genius" for including this in his book, I wonder if he has a "contract with the Dairy Industry" what do you think, HEHE?
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    OLDE WOLF, I just saw one in the sky yesterday between 11 pm to midnight, and believe me it did act like one, it rose, and then sank, it rose and then sank, that is not how "terrestial space or air craft act" not even weather balloons act like that, at about the same time or perhaps just before I had contact with "TWO BEAUTIFUL FEMALES", one of whom gave me her scarf, just before she left the area where I was at! This proves that ALIENS ARE BEAUTIFUL creatures the one that gave me her scarf was "blonde and blue eyed" as far as I could tell and I merely remarked:

    YOU ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL, before they both climbed up the stairs to their "spaceship" perhaps? I am not saying I am 100% sure these were "alien creatures", but neither can I exclude it since I observed those gyrations in the sky right after they left!

    ALIEN LIFE FORMS ARE BEAUTIFUL, Not those "UGLY DEFORMED ETS" THAT YOU SEE ON TV, it is all a "cover up" by the Spielberg Crowd, they pose the idea that, EVOLUTION would bring out "very different outcomes" for many different planets, but I like Stanton Friedman's scenario a lot better, once one "alien race" started out, and the rest then follows, the trend, if indeed there has been an "original space race" would it not make sense they would "spread throughout the cosmos" even Cecil Rhodes stated the same:

    I see all these stars up there, all those are kingdoms, I want to "conquer and subdue them all"! Seeing that even your own british kings, have the tendency to take over other star systems, does it not make sense to believe that if there is a "space faring race" that they would "travel and people" other star systems, especially if "living conditions are favorable" for intelligent life forms?

    Ask yourself if that is not a "more realistic scenario" that even Douglas Adams proposed in his "hitchhiker's guide" to the Universe, who basically claims that the "VOGONS" destroyed the earth, after the other space farers first people it, and the MICE supposedly that were 10 dimensional people designed or had it built for them by planet builders on Magregathea! Now I am not stating that all that is true, but I am stating that is perhaps more "plausible" lets say than the "carrot shaped ears" and the breathless creatures that are depicted on Alien Literature covers!
    Lets say the idea that "life developped independently" as the EVOLUTIONARY CROWD including Carl Sagan who is a "doubter and skeptic" likes to think, if there are "good aliens" up there and there are, and I may well be authorized to speak for them, then by all means we do not look like the WEREWOLF, or Vampires, nor do we look like the REPTILIANS, nor do we look like either "FERENGI or CLINGONS" even Carl Sagan poses that Star Trek is "far off" for making "these alien races look like humans, but who can communicate with a "silicon based life form", let's say, in Star Trek that was one possible scenario and it almost led to the demise of the Enterprise!
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    Dear Susan Swiatek,

    of course, Governors of California are "weirdos" when they state they have seen UFOS and then claim that there will be a "war between extraterrestials and terra", why would they fight, they know they could not possibly win such a war, the idea that "aliens are weak contemptible fragile individuals" is laughable! That is "government propaganda" to make people "feel good" the reality is much different, we are "advanced alien fighters" that look more like GERMANS Like me than these "weak contemptible creatures" you see on TV, now we have heard all about the "MASTER RACE" on earth, the RACE OF UNIVERSAL KINGS, is quite another to even "attempt to fight" such a race is like North Korea trying to take over the planet, it would be "Just as ludicrous"!
    I now order this planet to surrender without a fight and to publish a book, that will show that you have lied throughout history, that you have whitewashed your own history just like in the KING AND I, where the king's sons get all upset because they say:

    Thailand or Siam at that time is "not that small" in comparison to the rest of the world, every single country in this world has "whitewashed" its own history except "GERMANY" because it could not, but even the Zuendl fanatics to this day claim that Schindler's list is a "disgrace" to which I can only state the "truth about Nazi Germany" has never been written except for the book by MR JOSHUA that really shows where it originated!

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    I could heal this man's disease with advanced alien technology, but I doubt he would apply for help, he is now doubt "too proud" for that!

    He may be right about "escaping earth" which has been made into a living torture chamber for the majority of mankind because a minority of "EVIL KINGS" who swear they will keep both murder and treason a secret has made our planet almost "Unlivable" which is something that will be reversed once "JOSHUA BETHEL" overthrows the kingdom of the "EVIL KINGS" who have done wrong!
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