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6 May 2010, JellyBean @ 2:56 pm

Most people who know me well are aware that I haunt used book stores, thrift shops, flea markets, or any other place I might find a deal on unique old books. I just love ‘em… and from time to time, I find that rather serendipitous circumstances begin to develop when I’m looking for certain titles. Lately, my fix has been Stephen Hawking.

Seriously, I’ve speculated as to whether the guy might be a time traveler or something, and along with John Titor, John Connor, and all the other “Johns” of the future, whether he might have purposely placed copies of his famous book, A Brief History of Time, in random locales knowing that I’d later discover them. Okay, maybe that’s just a bit far fetched sounding, but it seems that recently Hawking himself has opened up considerably to the idea.

In an article appearing in the UK’s The Daily Mail, Hawking admitted recently to his obsession with time. “Time travel was once considered scientific heresy,” he says. “I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labeled a crank. But these days I’m not so cautious.” Likening himself to those who, centuries ago, built the famous Stonehenge monument, Hawking says he is “obsessed by time,” claiming he’d visit Marilyn Monroe or “drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens” if only he had a vehicle that would get him to such lost eras. “Perhaps I’d even travel to the end of the universe to find out how our whole cosmic story ends.”

The entire article, which can be read by clicking here, is a lively and interesting read, especially on the heels of yet another cosmic controversy the famous physicist recently drummed up, after various news outlets seized on the notion proposed by Hawking that aliens, if they do ever visit Earth, likely won’t be very friendly. This prompted a rebuttal from former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, who says Hawkins is engaging in disinformation.

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Mysterious Universe (Don’t forget to check out their highly recommended podcasts!)

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