Saturday, July 24, 2004

One last Hawking blog...

Some years ago, New Age guru Shirley MacLaine had a chat with Stephen Hawking, which she recounts in one of her books on achieving inner bliss.

She asks the famous physicist if the "harmonic energy" of the universe is loving.

"I don't know that there is anything loving about energy," replies the wheelchair-bound professor, via his computerized voice-synthesizer. "I don't think loving is a word I could ascribe to the universe."

"What is a word you could use?" wonders MacLaine.

"Order," replies Hawking. "The universe is well-defined order."

MacLaine persists: "So the question becomes how we define order in relation to how we see ourselves and our behavior?"

"Maybe," muses Hawking. "What do you mean?"